Colorado (55-71) at Atlanta (72-53)

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Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 26, 2004
  • TV: TBS
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Chipper Jones and Mike Hampton look to continue their strong second-half performances as the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves wrap up a three-game series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.

Jones, slowed by a hamstring injury in the first half, was hitting just .214 with 12 homers at the All-Star break. He is batting .346 (28-for-81) in August with 10 homers and 25 RBIs in 21 games, boosting his overall numbers to a more respectable .251 with 24 homers and 69 RBIs.

Hampton was 2-8 before turning his season around in July. The 31-year-old southpaw has been spectacular in his last nine starts, going 7-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

The duo’s resurgence has sparked the Braves to a 27-11 record since the break, opening an 8 1/2 -game lead over second-place Florida in the East.

Jones homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs to lead Atlanta past Colorado 8-1 on Wednesday for its 19th win in 26 games.

J.D. Drew went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, one night after missing the series opener because of a cut on his head suffered when jumping down the dugout steps during batting practice.

Jones, who homered in five straight games from Aug. 13-17, needs 31 RBIs over the final 37 games to notch his ninth straight 100-RBI season.

“It is within reach,” Jones said.

The Rockies have lost three straight and six of their last seven games.

Colorado will throw right-hander Jamey Wright at the Braves on Thursday.

Wright is 6-1 despite a 5.47 ERA in nine career starts against Atlanta. The veteran righty is 0-1 with a 4.03 ERA over his last four starts.

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J. Wright Tex vs. M. Hampton Ari
2-3 Record 13-9
4.12 ERA 4.28
41 K 87
45 BB 65
1.61 WHIP 1.53