Chipper Jones sure isn't hitting like this is his final season. The Braves third baseman had a two-run double in the third inning to spark a 4-1 victory over the Astros on Friday night. Jones has has hit safely in 27 of the past 31 games. During the stretch, which began June 19, Jones has a .357 average (40-for-112) with 18 runs, 14 doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs. Jones, who announced this would be his 19th and final season with the Braves, was honored before the game for recently becoming baseball's all-time leader for RBIs by a third baseman. He added to that total with another key hit. "I don't think he's human. I think he's a machine," Braves winning pitcher Tim Hudson said. With the hit, Jones moved into sole possession of 65th place on the all-time hits list with 2,690. The victory moved the Braves to a season-high 16 games over .500 (61-45). They have won nine of their past 10 games and 12 of 16. The Astros dropped their fourth consecutive game and are 3-27 in the past 30 games. That includes a 10-45 road record this season. The Astros were 3-24 in July, with a .111 winning percentage being the fifth worst for a month in baseball history.
Chipper, Hudson deliver in Braves win over Astros
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 4