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C. Jones hits two homers

By Connor Ennis

AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK ? Chipper Jones homered twice for the second straight day, and Horacio Ramirez pitched the first complete game of his major league career as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-3 Monday night.

Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning and added a solo shot in the eighth for his 28th multihomer game. He hit two home runs in the Braves' 7-5 win over the Montreal Expos on Sunday for his first multihomer game this season.

The game was interrupted momentarily in the ninth inning when a fan came out of the stands and ran toward center field. He didn't go near any players and was quickly surrounded by security and led off the field through the visitors' bullpen.

Ramirez (8-2), making his 15th career start, gave up one earned run and four hits in winning his seventh consecutive decision since losing to Florida on April 11. He struck out seven and walked two.

The only trouble he ran into came thanks to some shoddy defense in the sixth. With runners on first and third with one out, Jeromy Burnitz hit a potential double-play grounder to Marcus Giles. The ball got past the second baseman for an error and went into right field, allowing Roger Cedeno to score and putting runners at first and third. Ty Wigginton then hit a popup that first baseman Robert Fick dropped for another error. Giles picked up the ball and, in an attempt to get a force at second, threw the ball into left for his second error of the inning, allowing Raul Gonzalez to score.

Jason Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.

Atlanta was in control from the start, getting three runs in the first off Jae Seo (5-5). Giles and Gary Sheffield both had one-out singles before Jones drove a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall for his 16th homer, giving Atlanta a 3-0 lead.

Ramirez took over from there. He pitched out of a jam in the fourth, when the Mets put runners at second and third with one out. Ramirez got Phillips to pop out to second and Vance Wilson to ground out. Fick padded the Braves' lead when he hit a three-run homer in the sixth for a 6-0 lead. Seo allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out six and walked none. Sheffield finished 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Notes: Edwin Almonte, called up from Triple-A Norfolk, entered in the sixth. He gave up one run and one hit in two innings. ... Ramirez is 7-0 in 12 starts since losing to Florida 7-4. ... The public address announcer mistakenly announced injured Mets SS Jose Reyes was starting and batting eighth. When he corrected himself and said Rey Sanchez would be in Reyes' place, there was a smattering of boos from fans. ... The cast of the Tony Award-winning play "Take Me Out," about a gay baseball player, sang the national anthem.