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Braves fall to Giants

From Wire Reports

ATLANTA – Benito Santiago and Jose Cruz Jr. each hit three-run homers and drove in four runs as the San Francisco Giants won their sixth straight game, beating the Atlanta Braves 9-2 Friday night.

The Giants pulled away from a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning to win a matchup of the teams with the NL's two best records. It was the first time the clubs have met since San Francisco beat the Braves in the first round of last year's playoffs.

Andruw Jones, who set a Braves' franchise record Thursday with an RBI in his ninth straight game, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Santiago's fifth home run made it 6-2 in the eighth. He connected off rookie left-hander Jung Keun Bong after a walk to Rich Aurilia and single by Barry Bonds.

Bonds went 2-for-5, stole a base and scored twice.

Cruz was 0-for-3 before homering in the ninth. Jim Brower singled and Aurilia walked before Cruz hit his eighth home run off Jim Dawley.

Brower picked up his second save with three scoreless innings.

Santiago, who went 2-for-3, had a sacrifice fly in a two-run sixth, with the other run coming on a sacrifice fly by Cruz.

Santiago singled and scored on a single by Marquis Grissom in the first inning off Greg Maddux.