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Posted: July 4, 2007 11:23 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2007 5:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones homered, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann added RBI singles and the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 on Wednesday night to stop a three-game losing streak.

Chuck James (8-7) allowed one run and four hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two in the left-hander's first appearance against the Dodgers this season.

Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances. The Dodgers did get the tying run to the plate in the inning, but pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz struck out to end the game.

The Dodgers' lack of offense helped end their three-game winning streak.

Andruw Jones' 14th homer on a 1-2 pitch from Chin-hui Tsao extended Atlanta's lead to 5-2 in the seventh.

Chipper Jones' two-out single to center drove in Atlanta's first two runs in the fifth off Mark Hendrickson (2-4), who gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out four and walked none in losing his fourth consecutive start.

Hendrickson has received the worst run support of any pitcher in baseball with a minimum of 163 innings since the start of 2006, getting just 3.24 runs.

The Dodgers trailed 2-1 in the fifth after Juan Pierre's RBI double in the left field corner with two outs.

The Braves led 4-1 in the sixth on McCann's RBI single off Brett Tomko and Yunel Escobar's sacrifice fly to center.

Notes:Andruw Jones' homer was his 1,000th run scored, the fifth player in franchise history to reach that mark. ... The Dodgers fell to 85-81-2 on the Fourth of July, including 25-25 since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. ... Dodgers All-Star starting catcher Russell Martin went 0-for-4 with a strikeout after not starting Tuesday. ... The Braves improved to 17-22 against left-handed starters this season. ... Los Angeles dropped to 15-7 against southpaws.

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