ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones blamed himself and the rest of the Braves' hitters for costing the team a 5-to-4 loss in 15 innings Wednesday that gave Cincinnati a three-game series sweep.
Jones' RBI double in the 10th tied the score at 3-3, but two batters later he was trapped off third on an unconventional double play.
The Reds deployed five infielders by bringing in Ryan Freel from center field and placing him in front of the bag at second base.
Thanks to second baseman Brandon Phillips, who jumped and snared Jeff Francoeur's line drive, Cincinnati avoided a 4-to-3 loss. Jones had advanced too far down the third-base line to beat Phillips' throw to Jeff Keppinger.
Jones began the day hitting .338 for the National League's second-best average, but he was hardly a factor with a 1-for-7 performance that included three strikeouts. Knowing that the Braves left 14 runners on base didn't improve his mood.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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