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Braves spoil Drew's debut

July 6, 2003

(Atlanta-AP) -- Chipper Jones hit two home runs and Mike Hampton bounced back from two shaky starts to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Montreal Expos seven to five this afternoon.

Hampton also had two hits, including his first homer of the season, as the Braves won for the third time in the four-game series. Javy Lopez had a two-run single in the fifth to give Atlanta the lead for good. Jones hit two home runs in a game for the first time this season, the 27th time of his career. Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected in the third inning for apparently arguing a balk call against Hampton, the seventh time this season he's been tossed.

Hampton, who won for only the second time in his past ten starts, was coming off a 20-to-one loss to Florida in which he allowed nine runs and ten hits in four innings. He had a 13 ERA in his previous two starts. But he went seven innings in this one despite a 24 minute rain delay after the fourth inning, and he retired 12 of the last 15 batters he faced. He gave up nine hits and was charged with all four runs.

John Smoltz gave up a solo home run to Michael Barrett in the ninth, but finished for his 32nd save in 34 chances. Henry Mateo went four-for-five with four singles, setting a career high for hits in a game.

A solo shot by Hampton in the fourth--the 11th home run of his career--cut Montreal's lead to four-to-three, and the Braves scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead.

Hahira native Tim Drew, making his first start of the year, walked the bases loaded, and Lopez lined a single that brought home Marcus Giles and Andruw Jones. In the sixth, Hampton led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chipper Jones. Montreal scored three runs in the third to take the lead, helped by the balk against Hampton.

With one out, Mateo singled and moved to second when plate umpire Phil Cuzzi called a balk on Hampton. Cox came out of the dugout to argue, but left relatively quickly. Jamey Carroll then singled to bring home Mateo with the first run of the game, and Cox apparently said something from the dugout. Cuzzi turned and threw Cox out of the game, bringing Cox back on the field for more discussion.

It's the first time this season Cox has been ejected at Turner Field. Carroll later moved to second on a single by Ron Calloway, and they both scored on a double by Joe Vitiello.

Chipper Jones cut the lead to three-to-two with a two-run homer in the bottom half, hitting a 406-foot drive into the seats in right. Mateo singled home Michael Barrett in the fourth to give the Expos a four to two lead.

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