ATLANTA (AP) – Andruw Jones added to his major league lead with two more homers, and Marcus Giles’ 12th-inning single gave Atlanta a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants after the Braves squandered a three-run lead in the ninth Wednesday night.

Giles waited until the last possible moment to extend his hitting streak to 14 games – with two outs and two runners on, he lined a single to left off Brian Cooper (0-1). Wilson Betemit, who led off the inning with a walk, easily beat the throw home.

Blaine Boyer (1-1) earned his first major league win with two scoreless innings.

The Giants’ comeback ruined a strong outing by Smoltz, who had a two-hit shutout through seven. Even though he gave up a run in the eighth, manager Bobby Cox let his right-hander go out for the ninth with a 4-1 lead.

It was the wrong move. Smoltz gave up three hits, including Ray Durham’s RBI single that made it 4-3, before Cox went to the bullpen.

Chris Reitsma gave up two more hits, sandwiched around J.T. Snow’s run-scoring groundout that brought home the tying run, also charged to Smoltz.

Jones’ two-run homer in the sixth was his 36th of the season, equaling his career highs from 2000 and 03. He didn’t wait long to set a new personal best, leading off the eighth with his 37th.

It was Jones’ seventh multihomer game of the season. He came into the night with two more homers than anyone else in the big leagues.

Atlanta rookie Jeff Francoeur had an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Smoltz was roughed up in his last start, allowing five runs over six innings in an 11-3 loss at St. Louis that ended his eight-game winning streak.

Mindful of Smoltz’s elbow problems over the years, Cox gave his top starter the chance to take a couple of extra days between starts. But Smoltz decided to take his regular turn.

San Francisco starter Kevin Correia (1-4) struck out a career-high seven through the first four innings, fanning the side in both the first and third innings.

The Braves got to Correia in the fifth. Adam LaRoche led off with a double off the wall and came home when Francoeur doubled over the outstretched glove of right fielder Michael Turner.

Atlanta made it 3-0 in the sixth on Jones’ 407-foot drive into the right-center seats on a 1-0 pitch from Correia.

The Giants ruined Smoltz’s shutout in the eighth. It started with Edgardo Alfonzo’s liner to left that skidded off the glove of Kelly Johnson and was generously ruled a double. Mike Matheny had an RBI single.

Jones restored the three-run lead with his homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom half, but Smoltz and Reitsma couldn’t hold it.

Notes: Francoeur has yet to draw a walk in 86 at-bats since being called up from the minors, though he’s getting closer. For the second night in a row, the rookie went to three balls in a count. This time, he flied out on a 3-2 pitch. … Both teams used pitchers as pinch-hitters in the 12th. Noah Lowry lined out for San Francisco, and Atlanta’s Horacio Ramirez popped out on a bunt attempt.

AP-ES-08-10-05 2250EDT


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