1. Archive

Chipper clubs another pair

For Chipper Jones, it's all so simple.

"I'm seeing the ball really good right now. I'm just making contact," Jones said after homering twice for the second straight day to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 7-3 Monday night.

Jones hit a three-run homer in the first and homered again in the eighth for his 28th multihomer game.

He hit two home runs in the Braves' 7-5 win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday for his first multi-homer game this season. He hit two or more homers in consecutive games for the first time.

While Jones provided the offensive spark, rookie Horacio Ramirez shut down the Mets with his first career complete game. The left-hander, making his 15th career start, won his seventh consecutive decision since losing to Florida on April 11.

"It was all Ramirez and Chipper Jones tonight," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "For Ramirez, that was his best game by far."

Ramirez struck out seven and walked two in Atlanta's first complete game since Kevin Millwood's on Sept. 6 against Montreal. The Braves were the last team in the majors to pitch a complete game.

"It was probably the best game I've thrown this year," said Ramirez, who said he'd never pitched a complete game at any professional level.

The game was interrupted momentarily in the ninth when a boy came out of the stands and ran toward centerfield. He didn't go near any players and quickly was surrounded by security and led off through the visitors' bullpen. The Mets have not decided whether charges will be filed.

Ramirez's only trouble came thanks to shoddy defense in the sixth. With runners on first and third with one out, Jeromy Burnitz hit a potential double-play grounder to Marcus Giles. The ball got past the second baseman for an error and went into rightfield, allowing Roger Cedeno to score and putting runners at first and third.

Ty Wigginton then hit a popup that first baseman Robert Fick dropped for another error. Giles picked up the ball and, trying to get a force at second, threw the ball into left for his second error of the inning, allowing Raul Gonzalez to score.