Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Atlanta leads 1-0 (as of 8/29)

Game 1: Tuesday, August 29
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Game 2: Wednesday, August 30
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Game 3: Thursday, August 31
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Giants 8

(65-67, 27-36 away)

Braves 13

(62-68, 29-34 home)

    7:35 PM ET, August 29, 2006

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: T. Hudson (11-10)

    L: J. Schmidt (10-8)

    Bonds hits two homers but Braves batter Schmidt, Giants

    ATLANTA (AP) -- In the city where Hammerin' Hank broke the Babe's record, Barry Bonds showed that he's still got enough power to make a run at baseball's home run king.

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    Bonds hit two homers in a game for the first time since 2004 and saved another one from going out of the park with his glove Tuesday night, though it wasn't enough to keep the San Francisco Giants from a 13-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

    The Braves have reached double figures in three straight victories, powering their longest home winning streak in more than three months.

    Andruw Jones matched Bonds by going deep twice -- and even had his teammates in stitches when he tripped on his way to first while watching the second homer. Chipper Jones and Adam LaRoche also homered for Atlanta, which has scored 36 runs in its last three games.

    "I don't know what it is, but we're having a lot of fun right now," LaRoche said. "Especially tonight, thanks to Andruw giving us a good laugh."

    Bonds hasn't laughed much over the past few seasons, plagued by injuries and allegations that his late-career power surge was fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.

    But he put all that aside to hit a pair of long drives over the center-field wall, giving him 727 homers for his career.

    "For all the skeptics who think he's not as dangerous as he used to be, I think he answered that tonight," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    Bonds, who is hitting .255 with 19 homers this season, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth with the Giants trailing 11-4. He had already showered and changed by the time reporters arrived at the San Francisco clubhouse after the game.

    Surrounded by family and friends in the tunnel outside the clubhouse, he said tersely, "I don't talk in the hallway." He then hopped in a black SUV and drove away, skipping a ride on the team bus.

    The Braves, trying to make a run at the NL wild card with virtually no hope of extending their streak of 14 straight division titles, have their longest winning streak at Turner Field since a season-best four in a row from May 15-18.

    Atlanta began the night 4½ games behind Cincinnati in the wild-card race, the closest the Braves have been in a while.

    "It really doesn't feel like we should be here right now," LaRoche said. "With some of the bad baseball we've been playing, we're lucky we're not further back."

    Tim Hudson (11-10) got the win despite giving up both of Bonds' homers. He allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

    Shea Hillenbrand and Bonds had back-to-back homers in the first inning, giving the Giants a 2-0 lead. Bonds added a two-run shot in the sixth.

    It was the first time Bonds has homered twice in a game in exactly two years -- he hit two off Atlanta's Russ Ortiz on Aug. 29, 2004. The 42-year-old slugger has 69 multihomer games in his career, breaking a tie with Sammy Sosa for second place on the career list.

    Only Babe Ruth has more -- 72 games with two or more homers on the way to 714. His career record was eclipsed by Hank Aaron, who hit No. 715 for the Braves in 1974 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, which sat on what is now a parking lot across the street from Turner Field.

    Aaron still lives in Atlanta and holds a ceremonial front-office job with the Braves, but there was no sign of him at the game.

    The Braves surged ahead with four unearned runs in the third, then chased Jason Schmidt (10-8) with four more runs in the fourth. Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer -- his third straight game with a homer -- and Andruw Jones followed with a drive off the left-field foul pole that finished the Giants' starter.

    It was the 55th time that Jones & Jones have gone deep in the same game. The Braves are 49-6 in those contests.

    Andruw Jones added a two-run homer in the eighth, giving him 1,000 RBI in his career. He stumbled on his way to first, pulled himself up with a smile and finished off his trot around the bases.

    "I thought it was going foul, so I kind of stutter-stepped, my spikes got caught in the grass and I fell down," he said. "It's not the first time I've fallen."

    Schmidt lasted only 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing since a three-inning stint at Arizona on May 22, 2002.

    The Braves are making a run at their streak of five straight double-figure games back in mid-July, which tied a major league record. They would have scored three more if not for Bonds, who made a sensational catch on Jeff Francoeur's long drive with two runners on in the second.

    The left fielder trotted back slowly to the warning track, timed his jump perfectly and caught the ball with his glove draped over the yellow line along the top of the wall.

    Otherwise, it was a forgettable game for the Giants' defense, which committed four errors. Third baseman Pedro Feliz made two, while right fielder Moises Alou let a single roll all the way to the wall in the third.

    Game notes


    Hillenbrand's two-run double in the ninth gave him four hits and three RBI. ... The Braves are 29-34 at Turner Field. ... Andruw Jones had his fourth multihomer game of the season and the 34th of his career.

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