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McCann, Jones help Braves knock out Marlins

MIAMI (AP) -- Thanks to some clutch hitting, the Atlanta Braves
have their first three-game winning streak in more than a month.

Brian McCann had three hits and three RBI, Chipper Jones
doubled twice and scored twice to help the Braves defeat the
Florida Marlins 5-3 on Saturday night.

Jeff Francoeur and Edgar Renteria added RBI singles as Atlanta
won a third straight game for the first time since a seven-game
winning streak July 8-18.

"When you get the clutch hit -- McCann tonight comes through
three different times -- that's when you're winning ballgames,"
Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Atlanta rookie left-hander Chuck James (6-3) allowed two runs --
one earned -- and five hits, while striking out five in six innings.
He improved to 4-1 on the road.

"The first couple of innings, I felt like I didn't have a lot
of control," James said. "I was having trouble staying back on my
pitches. Later in the game, I got in a grove where I could locate
the ball better."

Bob Wickman allowed two hits in the ninth but earned his eighth
save in as many opportunities since joining the Braves. He retired
Miguel Cabrera on a force out to end the game.

"Obviously he's the guy you want up there," Marlins manager
Joe Girardi said. "He hit the ball hard all night. He just didn't
find a hole."

Florida starter Ricky Nolasco (11-8) gave up three runs and nine
hits in six innings.

"I've got to be able to close out the innings -- I wasn't able
to do that tonight," Nolasco said. "I battled but they did a good
job of capitalizing on my mistakes."

Atlanta took a 4-2 lead in the seventh when McCann lined a
single to right off reliever Taylor Tankersley to score Renteria
from second. McCann finished 3-for-5, including two run-scoring
hits with two out.

"With two outs and a guy in scoring position, you know the
pitcher is going to give you everything he's got," McCann said.
"He's not going to give you a lot to hit early in the count, so
you have to work the count."

Cabrera's two-out double scored Dan Uggla to make the score 4-3
in the seventh. Cabrera's hit capped a 10-pitch at-bat. He finished
3-for-5.

Renteria chopped a two-out single to left to score Marcus Giles
and give Atlanta a 5-3 lead in the eighth.

Miguel Olivo hit his 14th home run into the right-center field
seats off James with two out in the sixth to pull Florida within
3-2.

McCann delivered a run-scoring single in the first and an RBI
double in the third to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead.

Florida got within 2-1 in the third when Cabrera doubled and
scored when Jones committed a throwing error on Josh Willingham's
grounder.

Francoeur's RBI single in the fifth made it 3-1.

Seven of eight runs in the game scored with two out.

Game notes
2B Pete Orr led off and again filled in for Giles (bruised
left hand). Orr had his third multi-hit game in eight days. ...
Jerry Layne umpired at third one night after being injured and
taken off the field on a stretcher. Layne was injured when the
barrel of a shattered bat hit him in the side of the head. "I feel
fine. I've been cleared to work by the doctor," said Layne, who
sported a big bruise on his left cheek and had a couple of loose
teeth. "I get paid to work, I don't get paid to sit around." ...
RF Cody Ross became the first Florida outfielder this season to
have two assists in a game.