HOUSTON — Chipper Jones came off the disabled list and began his final season with a single and a two-run homer to help the Braves get their first win of the season, 6-4 over the Astros on Tuesday night.
The nearly 40-year-old Jones didn't look a bit rusty after missing Atlanta's first four games following surgery March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, singled in his first at-bat and hit a left-handed homer — the 455th of his career — in the third inning to put the Braves up 3-1.
Braves rookie Tyler Pastornicky hit his first major-league homer, a solo shot into the Crawford Boxes in leftfield to push Atlanta's lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning.
The loss spoiled a special night for the Astros, who began as the Colt .45s and celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first game by wearing throwbacks fashioned after the original uniforms.