Padres marvel at Jones after 6-0 loss to Braves

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Michael Bourn led off the game for Atlanta with a double just inside the first-base bag, but it looked as though Marquis (6-7) might escape the jam when Martin Prado lined out to second and Heyward struck out. But Jones drove a 3-2 pitch into the seats in right, staking Medlen to an early lead.

While he has to take frequent days off to rest his aging, battered body, Jones tries to build his schedule around special events such as the bobblehead night.

"People tell me all the time they're coming to games and we hope you're playing, it's going to be the last time we see you play," Jones said before batting practice. "I take that to heart."

The crowd was sure appreciative when he came up again in the fifth, right after Heyward homered with two outs for a 3-0 lead. Jones followed suit, connecting on a fat pitch that left Marquis standing on the mound, hands on knees, not even bothering to look. Center fielder Cameron Maybin made a halfhearted leap at the wall, but that was just to get a better look. This one cleared it with plenty to spare, while Jones rounded the bases in that familiar trot of his.

The Braves weren't done in the fifth, either. Freddie Freeman walked, Dan Uggla doubled, and McCann was walked intentionally to load the bases. That was it for Marquis, the Padres turning to Brad Boxberger to face Paul Janish. The move backfired when the light-hitting shortstop singled to center to bring home two more runs.

Notes: Jones had the 40th multihomer game of his career, but his first since June 7, 2009, at Milwaukee. ... The Braves had back-to-back homers for the second time this season. ... San Diego RHP Ross Ohlendorf (4-3) headed home early to get ready for his start Friday against Matt Cain (11-5) and San Francisco. ... RHP Tommy Hanson (12-5) will be activated from the DL (lower-back strain) to face the Dodgers in the opener of a weekend series. Los Angeles will counter with Chris Capuano (11-8). ... With Hanson's return, the Braves will temporarily go to a six-man rotation to help cope with a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Atlanta's next day off is Aug. 30. Gonzalez considers this a tryout to determine who the best five starters are for the stretch drive.

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