Atlanta (55-43) at Arizona (47-52)

  • Game info: 4:40 pm EDT Sun Jul 24, 2005
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Andruw Jones kept the Atlanta Braves atop the National League East on Saturday.

Now, the Braves look to take over sole possession of first place in the division as they wrap up a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark.

The Braves beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 on Saturday for their fifth win in 11 games. Jones led off the ninth inning with the game-winning homer for Atlanta, which remained tied atop the NL East with the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals beat the Astros 4-2 on Saturday for just their fifth win in 17 games. The Braves have not been in sole possession of first place in the division since June 4.

The homer was the 30th of the season for Jones, who hit 13 of them in June. He helped to pick up the slack while star slugger Chipper Jones was on the disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his left foot.

“Ever since everybody else went out of the lineup, Andruw just took off,” manager Bobby Cox said. “Somehow, he just started flying. And the other guys have picked it up a notch, too.”

Chipper Jones, who was activated from the DL on Monday, was a last-minute scratch from Atlanta’s lineup Saturday after experiencing soreness in his the foot during batting practice. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Julio Franco and Jeff Francoeur each doubled in a run in the seventh for the Braves, who did not get a hit against Arizona starter Brad Halsey until Rafael Furcal singled with two outs in the sixth.

Quinton McCracken and Tony Clark each drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who remained 3 1/2 games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West despite their third loss in four games. The Padres lost their season-high sixth straight on Saturday, falling 2-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Arizona had runners on base in each of the first five innings, and in scoring position in all but one of them, yet failed to score.

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