PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Chipper Jones isn’t the man in Atlanta’s lineup anymore. He isn’t even the best Jones on the team this year.
Just like old times, though, the Braves relied on Chipper’s bat to get an important win.
Jones hit two homers and tied his career-high with five RBIs, helping Atlanta avert a four-game sweep with a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
“He’s been doing it ever since he’s been healthy,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “He and Andruw (Jones) have been dynamite.”
While Chipper Jones has battled through injuries that have forced him to miss more than 50 games this season, Andruw Jones has enjoyed a breakthrough year. He has 50 homers, the first major league player to reach that mark since 2002, and 125 RBIs.
“I’d like to see some other guys chime in and get hot,” Chipper Jones said. “Andruw and I aren’t going to do drive in all the runs every night.”
The NL East-leading Braves moved six games ahead of the Phillies and Florida Marlins. Philadelphia and Florida fell a half-game behind Houston in the NL wild-card standings.
Jones hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a two-run shot in the seventh for his 32nd career multihomer game.
“I got a couple changeups and was able to send them,” he said.
Kyle Farnsworth got the last four outs for his seventh save since joining the Braves on July 31. He retired Chase Utley on a grounder to first to leave runners at second and third in the eighth, but gave up a solo homer to Ryan Howard, his 18th, in the ninth.
Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which plays 12 of its final 15 games on the road. The Phillies start a three-game series in Florida on Friday night and play three games in Atlanta next week.
“I feel confident. I think 87 or 88 wins will win this,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies (78-69) need to finish 10-5 to reach Manuel’s total.
Brett Myers (12-8) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings. It was the third straight subpar outing for Myers, who was outstanding early in the season. He was 0-2 and the Phillies lost all three of his starts during this 10-game homestand.
“I made a bad pitch. He’s a great hitter,” Myers said.
Furcal started the seventh with a double off Ryan Madson. One out later, Jones connected, sending one into the shrubs beyond the wall in straightaway center to make it 6-2.
Jones, who has been bothered by a strained left quadriceps, has 19 homers. He ignored the fans as they chanted his first name, “Larry,” put his head down and trotted around the bases each time, silencing a crowd that brought brooms to the stadium hoping for Philadelphia’s first four-game sweep over the Braves since 1995.
“He’s gotten a ton of big hits for us,” Cox said.
Abreu cut it to 3-2 in the fifth with a two-run shot to right, but the Braves answered when LaRoche hit his 16th homer on Myers’ first pitch of the sixth for a 4-2 lead.
Howard’s two-out RBI single in the seventh made it 6-3.
Sosa worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, getting Pat Burrell on a popup to third and retiring Howard on a fly to deep center.
The Phillies had a runner reach second in each of the first four innings, but failed to score.
Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins had three hits, extending his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. Since 1900, the longest hitting streak for a Phillie was 26 games by Chuck Klein in 1930. … Furcal stole his career-high 41st base. … Jones’ first homer was his 1,800th career hit. He’s homered twice in a game two times this season. It was the 10th time he’s had five RBIs. … Myers has pitched a career-high 196 2-3 innings this season. … The Phillies stole a season-high five bases.