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Updated: Saturday, August 6, 2005 6:15 PM EDT



  R H E  
Braves 8 11 0 WP: Hudson (8-6)
LP: Marquis (9-10)  
Cardinals 1 8 0
Jones powers Braves past Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- With two swings, Andruw Jones virtually assured a milestone victory for Tim Hudson .

Jones hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Hudson pitched seven strong innings as the Atlanta Braves posted an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

In his fourth attempt, Hudson (8-6) notched career win No. 100, allowing one run and six hits.

"It's pretty special, it's a milestone," Hudson said. "I hope I have a lot more to come. It's nice to get it out of the way and go from here."

Mark Grudzielanek , who had three hits, gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning and starter Jason Marquis worked four perfect innings against his former club before running into trouble in the fifth.

"(Marquis) had a real chance and then quickly the game got away from him," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "He just made some mistakes he can't make in a game where (Hudson) is pitching as well as he did."

Jones hit his first homer in the fifth inning to tie the game, and Wilson Betemit gave the Braves the lead later in the frame with an RBI double.

"He struck me out on a slider in my first at-bat," Jones said. "I just went out and looked for a slider and I got it and I didn't miss it."

Marquis (9-10) started the sixth by allowing a pair of walks and a single to load the bases, prompting a visit by La Russa. Whatever transpired in the meeting didn't work as Jones crushed a 1-0 pitch for his fourth career grand slam and 36th homer of the season.

"(La Russa) told me, 'Make a pitch here, we can trade a run for two outs, we still have a lot of game left and we can do some damage'," Marquis said.

After Marquis' first pitch brushed him off the plate, Jones sent the next offering 379 feet over the wall in left field.

"With the bases loaded, I figured he was going to throw me a slider again," said Jones, who established a season high with five RBI. "(Instead) he threw me a fastball and I just reacted to it."

Jones' sixth multi-homer game of the season and 27th career helped Atlanta win for the 10th time in 14 games.

"Andruw's been pretty darn consistent all season," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "He's been more consistent this year than he has in any of the previous years by far."

Marquis lasted five-plus innings, allowing six runs and five hits. He lost for the fourth time in as many starts and has just one win in his last 10 starts after starting the season 8-3.

"I feel comfortable, I've been throwing the ball well, I've been put in situations where it seems like its one inning where I'm letting everything just explode," Marquis said. "I've got to start making pitches in key situations."

After throwing 28 pitches in the first inning, Hudson needed only 68 more over the next six to win for just the second time in his last eight starts.

"(After the first inning) I didn't really try to do anything different," Hudson said. "I just tried to go out there and keep the ball down, establish my fastball and change speeds from that."

Atlanta's Marcus Giles singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, matching a career high.

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