Final

Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/25)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 24
Atlanta 3Final
Philadelphia 5
Game 2: Wednesday, September 25
Atlanta 7Final
Philadelphia 1
Game 3: Thursday, September 26
Atlanta Canceled
Philadelphia

Braves 7

(98-58, 46-30 away)

Phillies 1

(79-79, 40-40 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 25, 2002

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    ATL 011200021 7 - -
    PHI 100000000 1 - -

    W: D. Moss (12-6)

    L: B. Myers (4-5)

    Jones has first three-homer game of his career

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Andruw Jones turned to hitting coach Terry Pendleton in batting practice, told him he would hit a homer on each pitch in his next round and proceeded to do it on four of five swings.

    Andruw Jones

    Andruw Jones has 36 home runs, but he isn't likely to see many good pitches to hit in the playoffs.

    Then he almost did it in the game.

    Jones hit three homers, then was left on deck before getting another chance to bat as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 Wednesday night.

    "I didn't feel that well in batting practice. I just said it,'' Jones said.

    It was Jones' first three-homer game in a six-year career. He has 11 multiple-homer games lifetime, including five this season and three this month.

    Jones didn't get an opportunity to hit a major league record-tying fourth homer when Chipper Jones grounded out to end the ninth inning with runners on second and third.

    The last Braves player to hit three homers in a game was Jeff Blauser against Chicago in 1992.

    "I didn't think about it,'' Jones said of not getting a chance to go for his fourth homer.

    Jones tied it at 1 in the second inning with his first homer and made it 3-1 with another solo drive in the fourth. He hit his 35th homer, a two-run shot in the eighth.

    "When he's right on, there's none better,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    Damian Moss (12-6) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to win for the sixth time in seven decisions.

    The NL East champion Braves moved five games ahead of Arizona in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

    Philadelphia, seeking its second consecutive winning season for the first time since 1982-83, fell to .500 with four games remaining.

    Phillies rookie Brett Myers (4-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.

    "He hit everything tonight,'' Myers said of Jones. "He was locked in. He hit good pitches and bad pitches.''

    The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the third when Matt Franco grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

    Marcus Giles started the inning with an infield single and went to second on a fielder's choice when first baseman Dave Hollins made a bad throw to second on Moss' bunt. Rafael Furcal reached safely when third baseman Placido Polanco committed a throwing error on his bunt attempt. Franco's double-play grounder to second scored Giles.

    Vinny Castilla's double-play grounder in the fourth made it 4-1. After Jones homered off the backdrop in left-center, Darren Bragg and Javy Lopez hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Bragg scored on Castilla's double-play grounder to third.

    Polanco gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first with his ninth homer -- a shot off the facing of the upper deck in left field.

    Moss escaped trouble in the third inning by getting Pat Burrell to ground into a double play with the bases loaded.

    "I didn't feel very good the first two innings. I felt weird,'' Moss said. "I made an adjustment, changed my windup and it made a difference.''

    Dan Plesac walked Chipper Jones with one out in the eighth. Jose Santiago entered, and Jones lined a 1-1 pitch deep to left-center field.

    Pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart's RBI single in the ninth provided the final margin.

    "He's a great player both ways,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said of Jones, a four-time Gold Glove winner in center field. "He does everything.''

    Game notes


    Phillies RF Bobby Abreu went 0-for-3, snapping his hitting streak at 17 games. ... Chipper Jones has hit safely in 15 of 16. ... The Braves have won 21 of Moss' 29 starts. Moss has allowed two runs or fewer in 20 of those starts. ... Atlanta LHP Chris Hammond pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 31 games.

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