San Francisco (48-64) at Atlanta (66-48)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Thu Aug 11, 2005
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Thanks to Andruw Jones and Marcus Giles, the Atlanta Braves are once again taking control of the NL East.

With their two hottest hitters leading the way, the Braves look to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Giles continued his torrid pace in August on Wednesday, delivering a two-out single in the 12th inning to drive in the winning run and extend his hitting streak to 14 games in Atlanta’s 5-4 victory.

Giles is hitting .394 (13-for-33) this month, with nine RBIs in nine games.

“It was nice to keep the hitting streak alive,” Giles said. “But I would have been happy going 0-for-3 and getting a 4-1 win.”

Jones also contributed again, adding to his major league lead with two more homers, giving him a career-high 37. It was Jones’ seventh multihomer game of the season. He came into the night with two more homers than anyone else in the big leagues.

“It’s just home runs,” Jones said with a shrug. “I don’t worry about what the numbers are going to be at the end of the season.”

Jason Schmidt will try to slow down the Braves’ dynamic duo Thursday. He won for the first time in four starts Friday, allowing just three hits, striking out five and walking three in eight innings of a 4-0 win over Houston.

“I felt good the past several starts really,” Schmidt said. “I got a couple runs early and it was nice to have a little padding there and go out and do a few extra things, like it used to be.”

Schmidt is 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA in his last 10 starts after going 3-3 with a 6.12 ERA in his first 11.

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4.40 ERA 3.52
165 K 115
85 BB 65
1.42 WHIP 1.35