Chipper's two homers back up Millwood


ATLANTA (AP) -- After homering for first time this season against
the New York Mets, Chipper Jones was ready for another chance.

''It's a good day to play two,'' Jones quipped.

He homered twice and had five RBI and Kevin Millwood won his
eighth straight start, leading the Atlanta Braves over the New York
Mets 8-5 Wednesday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

John Smoltz got the final out in the ninth inning for his 50th
save in 54 chances, becoming the seventh pitcher to reach 50 saves.

On the anniversary of last year's terrorist attacks, the Mets
once again wore hats honoring the Fire Department of New York, the
New York Police Department and the Port Authority Police
Department. They wore similar hats during the final weeks of last
''It's a day to remember,'' New York manager Bobby Valentine
said. ''If it brings back memories, it's a good thing. Once the
game got started, it was just another game.''

Millwood (17-6) struggled through 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven
hits, walking three and throwing 107 pitches. But he limited New
York to one run before leaving with runners on first and second.
Chris Hammond got out of the jam when Roger Cedeno flied out.

''I was kind of all over the place,'' Millwood said. ''My
control wasn't very good. I just felt like I battled the whole
time. Nothing came easy.''

The Braves, who clinched the NL East title Monday, won for the
fifth time in six games. Mark DeRosa went 4-for-5 and hit a solo
home run in the fourth.

New York lost its second straight following a seven-game winning
streak and their magic number for postseason elimination was cut to

''Not that my focus was not on the game, but if affects you a
little,'' Mets catcher Vance Wilson said of playing on Sept. 11.
''We are human. It helps the healing.''

Jones put Atlanta ahead with a three-run homer off Steve
Trachsel (9-11) in a five-run third inning, then hit a two-run
homer against Satoru Komiyama in the eighth. Jones raised his
season total to 24 homers with his third multihomer game this
season and the 26th of his career.

Jones, a career .348 hitter against the Mets entering
Wednesday's game, had his first RBI against Atlanta's NL East rival
since June 23, 2001. He had played 11 games against them since
without driving in a run.

''I'm just streaky,'' he said. ''I was wondering where the power
stroke had gone. But better late than never.''

If the Braves keep winning, Smoltz could have a shot at the
major league-record for saves: 57, set by Bobby Thigpen of the
Chicago White Sox in 1990. Randy Myers and Trevor Hoffman hold the
NL record of 53.

''I keep thinking back through all the stuff that I've gone
through,'' Smoltz said. ''It's just amazing that I could reached
this level this quick. I don't know what to say other than I'm
trying to go out there and better myself, get ready for the

After Chipper Jones' third-inning homer, Andruw Jones lined a
ball at Trachsel, who appeared to cover his body with his hands
before being hit. Wilson fielded the ball but threw late to first.

After a brief consultation with manager Bobby Valentine,
Trachsel was replaced by Jeff D'Amico. Henry Blanco and Millwood
followed with RBI singles.

''It's sore right now,'' Trachsel said. ''It was the first
comebacker to get me out of the game. I usually get hit once or
twice a year.''

Pinch-hitter John Valentin had an RBI single in the sixth,
Edgardo Alfonzo homered off Tim Spooneybarger in the eighth, and
Mike Piazza hit a two-run double off Mike Remlinger in a three-run

Game notes
Franco flied out to center in his first at-bat, then walked
three straight times. ... DeRosa's four hits set a career high. ...
Chipper Jones last drove in five runs last Oct. 5, against the
Marlins. ... The flag poles outside the stadium, which usually have
flags from the other teams in the National League, had American
flags at half-staff.