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Jones hits career homer No. 400

June 06, 2008|From the Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones cracked his 400th career home run Thursday night and finished with four hits and the Atlanta Braves scored a 7-5 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Jones, who came out of the dugout for what he said was only the second curtain call of his career as fans cheered his milestone homer in the sixth inning, raised his major league-leading batting average to .418. Jones also got his first stolen base of the season in the eighth.

He became the third switch-hitter to reach 400 home runs, following Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).

"To be lumped in with those guys is what I'm shooting for," Jones said. "This is a step closer but still a long, long way from those guys. They set the bar really high."

Brian McCann gave the Braves a 6-5 lead in the fifth with a two-run shot. Yunel Escobar also connected.

The three homers came off Ricky Nolasco (5-4), who gave up 12 hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, ending his bid for his fifth consecutive victory.

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