ATLANTA (AP) - Andruw Jones and Brian McCann hit back-to-back homers to start a six-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 Friday night.
Tim Hudson (9-5) gave up five hits and walked one batter in seven shutout innings. He had four strikeouts and is 3-0 in his last four starts. The Braves, who have won 10 of 14, pulled to within one and one-half games of the first-place New York Mets in the N-L East.
The Braves had seven hits in the big inning, knocking Pirates starter Ian Snell out of the game. Snell (7-6) gave up three homers, two by McCann, who drove in four runs for the second straight game. The Braves, next to last in the N-L with a .248 home batting average at the All-Star break, started the second half with eleven hits. Hudson hit a bases-loaded single and Edgar Renteria added a two-run single as the Braves sent eleven batters to the plate in the sixth. Chipper Jones and Matt Diaz also drove in runs in the inning.