Final

Braves 3

(13-9, 6-5 away)

Indians 4

(13-10, 7-5 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 24, 2007

    Chain of Lakes Park, Winter Haven, Florida 

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    Indians 4, Braves (ss) 3

    Associated Press

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Chipper Jones homered and had two hits, but Ryan Garko's two-run shot sent the Cleveland Indians to a 4-3 victory Saturday over an Atlanta Braves split squad.

    It was the second homer of spring training for Jones, who returned to the lineup this week after being held out for almost a week with a sore muscle on his right side.

    Garko drove in three runs, including one against Buddy Carlyle -- the first one the Atlanta right-hander has given up this spring. Garko's RBI single and Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly in the first snapped Carlyle's string of 10 consecutive scoreless innings.

    Garko hit a two-run homer off Tyler Yates in the fifth to erase a 3-2 Atlanta lead. The 26-year-old first baseman is batting .296 with a team-high 10 RBI, but still might not make Cleveland's opening-day roster.

    "We still have other people here, too," Indians manager Eric Wedge said, mentioning outfielders Ben Francisco and Franklin Gutierrez. "We have other ways we can go with this thing."

    Cleveland third baseman Andy Marte was 2-for-3, and catcher Kelly Shoppach threw out three runners attempting to steal.

    Game notes


    Braves RHP Jonathan Johnson cleared waivers and has 72 hours to decide whether to accept an assignment to Triple-A Richmond. ... The Indians cut four players, optioning INF Hector Luna to Triple-A Buffalo and reassigning C Armando Camacaro, INF Keith Ginter and RHP Brian Sikorski to minor league camp. ... Atlanta LF Matt Diaz, SS Chris Woodward and RF Ryan Langerhans, who had flulike symptoms during the week, were all in the lineup. ... The Indians and White Sox have announced their starting pitching assignments for the first regular-season series. C.C. Sabathia is scheduled to face Jose Contreras on April 2, followed by Jake Westbrook vs. Jon Garland and Jeremy Sowers vs. Mark Buehrle.

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