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Braves' win streak hits four games

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night to improve the NL's best home record.

Mark Kotsay added two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs. Kotsay also delivered the defensive play of the game in the fifth inning, making an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track of Tadahito Iguchi's drive.

The Braves have won four straight, all at home, where they improved to 12-4 overall.

Jurrjens (4-2) matched his career high with eight strikeouts and gave up seven hits with a walk and one run in six innings.

San Diego's Chris Young (2-3) threw 98 pitches in only five innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.

Brian Giles led off the game with a single and scored on a double to the left-field wall by Adrian Gonzalez for a 1-0 lead. Jurrjens (4-2) didn't allow another run.

Manny Acosta, seeking his third save, was pulled after allowing two hits in the ninth. With one out and runners on first and second, manager Bobby Cox brought in left-hander Royce Ring to face Gonzalez, who already had two RBIs.

Gonzalez hit a long fly ball to right that landed foul as Gonzalez shook his head. Gonzalez then struck out, and Jeff Bennett recorded the final out for his first major league save.

The Braves took a 2-1 lead off Young in the second. Jeff Francoeur hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Kotsay. Gregor Blanco added a run-scoring double.

Jones, who was 7-for-13 with a homer in the Braves' three-game sweep of Cincinnati, added his 10th homer in the third inning, a two-run shot after Yunel Escobar's leadoff single.