ATLANTA (AP) – Jeff Francoeur homered, tripled and threw out another runner from right field, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 Wednesday night.

Andruw Jones hit his major league-leading 38th homer and Tim Hudson went eight strong innings for the Braves, who bounced back from the disappointment of losing on a three-run ninth the previous night.

The 21-year-old Francoeur is off to a dazzling start since being called up from the minors July 7. He had his first career triple and followed with 10th homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth that knocked out Dodgers starter Odalis Perez.

Francoeur also threw out Perez trying to stretch a single into a double – the outfielder’s ninth assist and only one behind NL leaders Geoff Jenkins of Milwaukee and Cliff Floyd of the New York Mets.

Not bad for a guy who’s played only 30 games in the majors.

Another rookie outfielder, Kelly Johnson, had three RBIs for the Braves.

Hudson (9-7) gave up seven hits and both Los Angeles runs. He breezed through the first five innings, scattering four hits while the Braves built a 7-0 lead.

Atlanta leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal did his job, reaching base five times. He had four hits and a walk, scored a run and drove in another. Chipper Jones chipped in with two RBIs.

Perez (7-7), who began his career with the Braves, was roughed up for 11 hits and six runs in four-plus innings. He failed to get an out in the fifth, giving up a leadoff homer to Andruw Jones and a single to Julio Franco before Francoeur prompted the pitching change with a mammoth, 417-foot drive into the left-field seats.

The Braves jumped ahead right away. Furcal led off with a single, tagged on a flyout to deep center and trotted home on Chipper Jones’ double into the left-field corner.

Francoeur started the second with a drive off the right-field wall, racing all the way to third while Jayson Werth scrambled to retrieve the ball. Johnson followed with a run-scoring single and wound up scoring the first of his three runs on Furcal’s single, pushing the Braves to a 3-0 lead.

Atlanta added four more in the fifth to blow it open. After Perez was knocked out, Jonathan Broxton walked three of the next six hitters, including Chipper Jones with the bases loaded.

Andruw Jones, whose homer started the inning, struck out to finally end it.

Hudson’s only slip-up came in the sixth. Jeff Kent had an RBI double to break up the shutout, and Werth singled in a run.

Johnson added a two-run triple in the eighth.

Notes: Dodgers RHP Yhency Brazoban, who leads the Dodgers with 21 saves, came on in a mop-up role. He took over in the sixth and worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts – a marked improvement over his previous appearance. Brazoban gave up four runs without getting an out a week earlier in a loss to the Phillies. … 2B Marcus Giles was the only Braves starter other than Hudson who failed to get a hit. … The Dodgers gave up 16 hits and walked six.

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