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National League Roundup: Jones smacks No. 400 for Braves

June 6, 2008

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Braves 7, Marlins 5

Atlanta - Atlanta slugger Chipper Jones hit his 400th career home run and finished with four hits in a victory over the Marlins, raising his major-league-leading batting average to .418.

Jones singled in the first and third innings before crushing his homer about 10 rows deep into the right-field seats with two outs in the sixth. He came out of the dugout for a curtain call as fans cheered the milestone.

Jones is the third switch-hitter in history to reach 400 homers, following Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

Phillies 5, Reds 0

Philadelphia - Cole Hamels pitched a three-hitter for his second career shutout, and Philadelphia took advantage of two dropped balls to beat Cincinnati.

Ken Griffey Jr. remained one shy of 600 home runs, going 1-for-4 in his first start in four games. He hit a double off the wall in left-center, grounded out twice and hit a deep drive to center field leading off the ninth.

Cardinals 4, Nationals 1

Washington - Todd Wellemeyer won his fifth straight decision and Troy Glaus hit a two-run homer, leading St. Louis to a victory over Washington in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Nats 10, Cardinals 9 (10)

Washington - Elijah Dukes' two-run, 10th inning home run gave Washington a victory over St. Louis in the second game of a doubleheader.

Dukes finished a double shy of the cycle.

Pirates 4, Astros 3

Pittsburgh - Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, and Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer for Pittsburgh.

Jason Bay added a run-scoring triple to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth, helping Pittsburgh beat Houston for the second consecutive night and win the first series of the season between the division rivals.

The Astros have lost seven of eight.

Cubs 5, Dodgers 4

Los Angeles - Kosuke Fukudome homered and had an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning to lead Chicago to a victory over Los Angeles.

Padres 2, Mets 1

San Diego - Scott Schoeneweis hit San Diego's Paul McAnulty with a pitch to drive in the winning run with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

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