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Braves rebound, blast Redbirds
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Andruw Jones connects for an RBI single against the St. Louis Cardinals during the fourth inning Thursday in Atlanta. Edgar Renteria, not pictured, scored on the hit. - photo by Associated Press
    ATLANTA — Andruw Jones homered and drove in three runs to back seven strong innings by Tim Hudson, and the Atlanta Braves ended a three-game skid with a 10-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.
    Matt Diaz, whose solo homer in the second made it 3-0, finished 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs. The Braves have won 13 of 20 despite a three-game sweep by Cincinnati this week.
    St. Louis, which scored its only run on David Eckstein’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, has lost four of seven since the All-Star break.
    Hudson (10-5) beat the Cardinals for the time in his career, but this start marked the first time he was dominant.
    The right-hander, who struck out three and gave up one run and five hits, entered with a 4.85 ERA in a span of 26 innings against St. Louis. Through his first five innings, Hudson allowed just one batter, Eckstein in the first, to get in scoring position.
    Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Julio Franco, playing his first game with the Braves since 2005, drove in two runs with a single that made it 10-0.
    Jones, whose 19th homer made it 2-0, added an RBI single in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. He finished 2-for-3.
    Peter Moylan pitched the eighth for Atlanta, allowing two hits, and Will Ledezma finished in the ninth.
    Mike Maroth (0-3) gave up all of Atlanta’s runs. The left-hander walked three, gave up 11 hits without a strikeout.
    Following a 10-4 loss at Philadelphia on Saturday, Maroth has a 13.09 ERA in his last two starts, allowing 20 hits and five homers in a span of 11 innings.

Notes: Maroth was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in his first two starts against the Braves, both with Detroit. ... RHP Chris Carpenter, who hasn’t pitched since the season opener, will undergo Tommy John surgery next week. The St. Louis ace will miss the rest of this year and part of 2008. ... The Cardinals activated CF Jim Edmonds before the game. ... Atlanta activated Franco, one day after claiming the 48-year-old off waivers and signing him through the end of the season.