Philadelphia (8-10) at Atlanta (10-8)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Apr 24, 2005
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Andruw Jones and the Atlanta Braves will look to continue their offensive turnaround when they try for a three-game sweep of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

Coming into this series, Jones was mired in an 0-for-28 slide, the longest hitting slump of his career. The Braves clearly suffered as well as they entered the weekend 15th in the NL in runs.

However, Jones began to show signs of life on Friday as he keyed Atlanta’s three-run third inning with a run-scoring double in a 6-2 win.

Then on Saturday, Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning as Atlanta cruised to an 11-1 victory.

Chipper Jones and Brian Jordan added two RBIs apiece for the Braves, whose 17 runs in the first two games more than doubled the eight they scored in their previous six games combined.

“Hitting is contagious,” Jordan said. “The last couple of days, we’ve scored some runs.”

The resurgent Braves will next turn their attention to Phillies starter Vicente Padilla.

The veteran right-hander struggled on Tuesday in his first start since having offseason elbow surgery, allowing eight runs and five home runs in just three innings in a 16-4 loss to the New York Mets.

Padilla hasn’t had much success against the Braves of late, going 0-4 with a 5.90 ERA in his last five starts.

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V. Padilla Bos vs. J. Thomson KC
9-12 Record 4-6
4.71 ERA 4.47
103 K 61
74 BB 28
1.50 WHIP 1.41