ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones' three-run homer in the seventh
gave Kenshin Kawakami his long-awaited first win of the season, but
only after the Atlanta Braves escaped a ninth-inning jam to beat
the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday.
Kawakami needed Jones' help to avoid the first 0-10 start in
Braves history. The right-hander trailed 1-0 when he left for a
pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Jones' homer off Joel Zumaya (2-1) later in the inning landed
about 10 rows deep in the center-field seats and drove in Gregor
Blanco and Melky Cabrera, who walked.
Kawakami (1-9), perhaps pitching to protect his spot in the
rotation, gave up only two hits and one run in seven innings, his
longest start this season. He walked three and struck out six.