Rookie Francoeur makes Hampton's return successful
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It didn't take long for rookie
to become one of
's favorite teammates.
Francoeur hit a three-run homer and twice threw out
trying to score as the
pounded out a 13-8 victory over the
in Hampton's first start since coming off the disabled list.
One of a number of youngsters the Braves have used this season because of a rash of injuries, Francoeur continued to swing an impressive bat.
Entering the game with a .388 average, the 21-year-old outfielder highlighted a seven-run third inning against
(9-12) with his ninth homer in 100 at-bats this season. He also has 26 RBI in 28 games since having his contract purchased from Class AA Mississippi on July 7.
"I just want to have fun with it right now," Francoeur said. "I was able to get a good pitch. (Vazquez) threw me a great slider to strike me out in my first at-bat. I figured that was his go-to pitch and that he was going to come back with it.
In the field, Francoeur was just as stellar, helping Hampton get out of a shaky first inning by throwing out Gonzalez at the plate. He did it again in the fifth, much to the disbelief of Gonzalez, who couldn't believe the right fielder had thrown him out a second time.
"(Gonzalez) said, 'You've got to be kidding me,'" Hampton said. "(Francoeur's) arm is very accurate."
"Francoeur made a couple of nice throws," Diamondbacks manager
said. "It seems like he has the total package. He's playing with a lot of confidence."
Atlanta's rookie has recorded eight assists this season.
"I've always prided myself on my defense, especially my arm," Francoeur said. "(Catcher Brian) McCann made a couple nice blocks at the plate."
Activated earlier in the day from his third stint on the disabled list, Hampton (5-2) pitched well with the big cushion, allowing three runs and nine hits in five innings. It was his first win since May 8.
"I'll take 12, 15 or 20 runs a game anytime," Hampton said. "I felt like I was making my pitches. They were just hitting them in the right spots."
had three hits, including a memorable homer, and four RBI to continue a recent tear. With his two-run shot off Vazquez in the first inning, Jones tied
for the most home runs under one manager to begin a career at 320.
"It's kind of a cool little thing to have under your belt, especially when you're tying
," Jones said. "(Braves manager
) and I are looking for a quite few more (homers)."
In his last nine games, Jones is hitting .533 (16-for-30) with two homers and 14 RBI.
"It's been a rough first 120 games," said Jones, who has missed 53 games this season to numerous injuries. "I'm taking advantage of these last 40 to 45 games to end the season."
In the worst outing of his career, Vazquez gave up nine runs and eight hits in two-plus innings.
"That was embarrassing," Vazquez said. "I should not have given up that many runs. That's the bottom line."
each homered and
, who recorded his 1,700 hit, had three hits and two RBI for Arizona, which has lost eight of its last 12 games.