After the Cardinals 11-3 rout win in the opener Friday, the Braves answered back with an 8-1 win Saturday to tie the series. It was Atlanta starter Tim Hudson’s 100th career win. Jones went 2-for-4 with two homers, including a grand slam and five RBIs off of Cardinals’ starter Jason Marquis.
“I was looking for a slider with the bases loaded and he threw me a fastball,” Jones said. “When a pitcher like Jason makes a mistake, you have to take advantage of it. If you don’t, he can be really tough.”
Now, Jones will have to contend with Carpenter, who hasn’t made many mistakes this season.
Carpenter is undefeated with eight wins in his last nine starts, dating back to June 14. He leads the majors with a career-high 16 victories. The right-hander is also among the leaders in strikeouts, ERA and complete games. Carpenter has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his 22 starts this season.
Carpenter will be up against Atlanta’s Jorge Sosa, who has won two straight games and is 5-1 since being moved into the starting rotation on June 14.
With Saturday’s win the Braves are 3-2 with one more game left on their road trip. Following Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, Atlanta opens a 12-game homestand against four NL West teams.