Chipper Jones blushed over his 399th homer. Greg Norton was just relieved that he drove in more runs than he gave up with his shaky defense.
The torrid-hitting Jones moved within one homer of No. 400, hitting a three-run shot, and Norton came through with a two-run double in the eighth inning that rallied the Atlanta Braves to another come-from-behind victory, 5-4, over the slumping Florida Marlins last night.
Jones moved ahead of former Braves great Dale Murphy on the career list, and pulled into a tie with Hall of Famer Al Kaline and one of Jones' ex-teammates, Andres Galarraga. The next homer - and it shouldn't take long the way Jones is hitting - will make him the 43rd player in baseball history with 400.
"I don't ever think about that kind of stuff until you bring it up," Jones told reporters. "It makes me blush."
His face actually was a light shade of red, though that may have had more to do with the sweltering night at Turner Field - 87 degrees for the first pitch.
Jones, who actually raised an average that already was over .400, sparked the Braves in the eighth with a leadoff single against Matt Lindstrom (1-1). Mark Teixeira followed with a double into the leftfield corner, putting runners at second and third.
Norton, a .171-hitting utilityman forced to start because the Braves have two outfielders on the disabled list, drove the first pitch he saw just inside the first-base bag, bringing home the tying and winning runs.
The Braves actually won a one-run game, improving their mark in those contests to 3-16, despite two more homers by Florida's slugging second baseman, Dan Uggla.
In other games:
* At Pittsburgh, Lance Berkman and Miguel Tejada doubled in runs and Wandy Rodriguez pitched six shutout innings as Houston beat the Pirates, 2-0, to halt a five-game losing streak.
* At Washington, Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer in the first inning and St. Louis endured more than 2 1/2 hours of rain delays before finishing off a 6-1 victory over the Nationals, who were playing without Ryan Zimmerman, on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury.
* At Milwaukee, Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run to ruin a memorable night for Randy Johnson, powering the Brewers to a 7-1 victory over Arizona. Johnson (4-2) broke a tie with Roger Clemens to take sole possession of second place on baseball's career strikeout list in the first inning when he fanned Mike Cameron.
* At Los Angeles, Jeff Francis pitched seven scoreless innings and Scott Podsednik and Todd Helton each picked up an RBI in the third inning as Colorado beat the Dodgers, 3-0. *