Atlanta (67-50) at San Diego (63-55)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Aug 17, 2004
  • TV: SPSO, Ch4
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Chipper Jones’ run of eight straight 100-RBI seasons will likely end, but the Atlanta Braves have to like the way he is swinging the bat.

The All-Star third baseman will try to continue his recent run production when the first-place Braves play the middle game of their series with the slumping San Diego Padres.

Jones missed 43 games over the first three months of the season with various injuries, but is hitting .333 (18-for-54) with six homers and 14 RBIs in August. For the season, he is hitting a career-low .241 with 58 RBIs.

Jones belted the 300th home run of his career Monday, helping the Braves to a 5-4 win in the opener. Jones, who has five home runs in his last four games and 20 for the season, became the fourth player in franchise history to reach 300 homers, joining Hank Aaron (733), Eddie Mathews (493) and Dale Murphy (371).

“I feel a lot better,” said Jones, who picked up his 1,000th career RBI on Sunday night against St. Louis. “I’m starting to juice the ball.”

The Braves have won 17 of their last 20 away from Turner Field, and nine of 12 overall.

Jaret Wright, who has a team-low 2.95 ERA, will start Tuesday for Atlanta.

The right-hander, who was claimed off waivers from the Padres on Aug. 29, 2003, has won a career-high nine straight decisions, including a 4-2 home win over Milwaukee on Thursday. He allowed one run, four hits and struck out six over seven innings for his 11th win, one shy of matching his career high with Cleveland in 1998. Wright hasn’t lost since May 22.

“Sure I know about it, but if I thought about it, it would take away from what I have to do,” said Wright, 10-2 in night games with a league-low 1.81 ERA. “I’ll enjoy tonight and look at my next start. That’s what I’ve been doing the whole time and hopefully I can keep it going.”

San Diego will counter with Jake Peavy, who has allowed two runs or fewer in 16 of his 17 starts this season.

The 23-year-old right-hander has won six of his last seven decisions, including going 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA over his last six starts. He allowed one runs and five hits over five innings in the Padres’ 5-4, 11-inning road win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Mark Loretta drove in a run Monday as San Diego lost for the seventh time in eight home games. The Padres have dropped nine of 14 overall, and are one game behind San Francisco in the NL wild-card race.

Loretta is batting .405 (17-for-42) with three homers, five doubles and nine RBIs over his last 10 games.

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J. Wright PIT vs. J. Peavy SF
15-8 Record 15-6
3.28 ERA 2.27
159 K 173
70 BB 53
1.28 WHIP 1.20