Jones goes 3 for 3 for Braves in win over Astros

The Associated Press
Sunday, March 20, 2011; 5:54 PM

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones went 3 for 3 to raise his average to .420, Wilkins Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat a Houston Astros split-squad 5-3 Sunday.

Jason Michaels was 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI for Houston. He is batting .415 in the Grapefruit League.

Derek Lowe, who will start the opener for the Braves on March 31 at Washington, allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 95 pitches.

Astros starter Nelson Figueroa gave up three runs - two earned - over five innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three.

Brett Wallace had two hits for Houston and Chris Johnson had a run-scoring double. Brian McCann had a two-run single for Atlanta.


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