Jones hits two-run homer in Atlanta loss

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer and
finished with two hits in the Atlanta Braves' 6-3 loss to the
Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Jones connected against Collin Balester in the fourth inning and
doubled in the sixth. The All-Star third baseman has fought a
muscle strain in his right side most of the spring.

Nick Johnson and Elijah Dukes each drove in two runs for
Washington. Balester allowed two runs and four hits in five
innings.

Kenshin Kawakami threw five sharp innings for Atlanta, yielding
an unearned run and one hit. The Japanese right-hander struck out
three and walked two.


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