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Braves sweep Orioles

Jones hits 24th, Smoltz dominates

ATLANTA -- Andruw Jones hit another home run, John Smoltz pitched his second consecutive complete game, and the Atlanta Braves beat Baltimore, 8-1, yesterday, sending the Orioles to their fifth straight defeat.

Jones had two hits, including his major league-leading 24th homer, and drove in two runs as the Braves completed a three-game sweep. During Atlanta's 5-1 homestand, Jones had five homers and 11 RBIs.

Since teammate Chipper Jones went on the disabled list with a foot injury June 6, Andruw Jones has hit .382 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs.

''I said it a while back, Andruw is going to have to carry us, and he has," Smoltz said. ''He's striking fear into the other teams' pitchers."

Baltimore's Rafael Palmeiro hit his 562d home run, leaving him one behind Reggie Jackson for ninth on the career list, but the Orioles dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East.

Rookie Brian McCann had three hits and two RBIs for Atlanta. Rafael Furcal added two hits, including a two-run triple.

Smoltz (8-5) opened with four perfect innings and improved to 5-1 in June with his 50th career complete game and third this year. He has pitched at least eight innings in five straight outings. The righthander allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked none for his fourth win in a row and third complete game in four starts.

Smoltz capped the Braves' four-run eighth inning off reliever Steve Reed with a run-scoring double for his first RBI since June 29, 1999, at Montreal.

Rodrigo Lopez (7-3) gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings, ending his streak of five straight wins since his previous loss May 19 at Kansas City.

Furcal led off the first inning with a single. After his NL-leading 25th stolen base, he scored on Jones's single.

The Braves added two runs in the second for a 3-0 lead. Following singles by Ryan Langerhans and McCann, Furcal hit a two-out triple to right.

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