Braves Top Astros 6-1
ATLANTA — Chipper Jones added another highlight on his impressive farewell tour as he made the most of his final swings against the Houston Astros.
Jones had two hits in his last two at-bats and scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning wild pitch, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Astros 6-1 on Sunday to finish an 8-2 homestand.
The 40-year-old Jones had a run-scoring double in the seventh and is hitting .320 in his final season.
“Chipper is a Hall of Famer,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He may be the best player I’ve ever seen play the game.”
With the score 1-1 in the sixth, Jones singled and took third on singles by Freddie Freeman and David Ross. Jones scored on a pitch from Bud Norris (5-9) that sailed over catcher Carlos Corporan’s glove. Paul Janish then singled in two runs for a 4-1 lead.
Jones finished .322 with 20 homers in his career against the Astros, who dropped to a major league-worst 36-73.
“It’s a little sad to know I won’t play the Astros anymore,” Jones said. “It’s hard because the Astros were a rival of ours for so long.”