Andruw Jones homers twice to power Braves past Brewers
MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
carried over what he felt in batting practice to the game.
Jones homered twice to add to his major league-leading total as the
posted a 5-2 triumph over the
Regarded as the game's best defensive center fielder as evidenced by his seven straight Gold Gloves, Jones has taken his game to new heights this season with his bat.
Jones continued his offensive prowess against the Brewers, hitting homers Nos. 41 and 42. He hit a three-run homer off
in the third inning and added a solo shot two innings later against the lefthander.
"I felt good in batting practice," Jones said. "I felt good all day. I fixed some things I was doing wrong and it came out during the game today."
"I had trouble getting the ball down, especially to Andrew Jones," Capuano said. "I was down 3-1 to him and I kind of gave in and threw him a fastball right down the middle, a little up. That wasn't a great pitch. Then other one he hit was a slider that was supposed to be down and in and I just left it up and king of hung it."
The first blast by Jones, which gave the Braves a 3-1 lead, followed a pair of walks to
now has 102 RBI, surpassing the century mark for the first time since he drove in a career-high 116 runs in 2003. His homer total already is a career high.
provided the offense,
(11-7) was in complete control on the mound en route to his second straight complete game and third consecutive victory.
"I want to peak at the right time, and the best time is to peak going into the postseason," Hudson said. "I don't think anyone here has peaked yet, except for Andrew, who has peaked all year."
Hudson gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out four without a walk. He retired his final 10 batters and threw 68 of 108 pitches for strikes.
"I've never been a big complete games guy," he said. "There were times in Oakland I would go seven or eight and had enough gas to complete it, but I didn't. I have to think about where I'll be at the end of the year. I don't want to pay for it later. I've already had a vacation this year, being on the disabled list."
"His control was very good," Braves manager
said. "He was moving the ball in and out with precision. I started throwing his splitter again. He's starting to get that back, which is a huge weapon."
At the plate, Hudson also came through by converting a squeeze play in the fourth inning to give the Braves a 4-1 lead.
During his winning streak, Hudson has allowed just six runs in 26 innings while helping to keep off the pressure of a suspect bullpen.
"Hudson pitched a great game," Milwaukee manager
said. "He was bringing his sinker to the outside part of the plate to the righthanders and had a good split and changeup today. We ran into a good pitcher."
Acquired in an offseason trade, Hudson spent nearly a month on the disabled list earlier this season with a strained oblique.
"Now I feel like I'm the guy they traded for," Hudson said. "Early in the year, I felt like I wasn't holding my end of the bargain."
Capuano (14-9) surrendered five runs and four hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.
"Cappy really didn't pitch a bad ballgame," Yost said. "His command was off a little bit and he only gave up four hits. The problem was two hits resulted in four runs. That kind of hurts in those situations."
opened the bottom of the first by sending the second pitch he saw into the left field seats for his fifth leadoff homer of the season and sixth career.
homered to lead off the fifth.