The milestone homer is just one of his four hits the Braves’ third baseman contributes to Atlanta’s 7-5 comeback win over Florida.
Jones came out of the dugout for what he said was only the second curtain call of his career as fans cheered his milestone homer in the sixth inning. He became the third switch-hitter to reach 400 home runs, following Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle (536) and Eddie Murray (504).
“To be lumped in with those guys is what I’m shooting for,” Jones said. “This is a step closer but still a long, long way from those guys. They set the bar really high.”
Brian McCann gave the Braves a 6-5 lead in the fifth with a two-run shot. Yunel Escobar also connected.
The three homers came off Ricky Nolasco (5-4), who gave up 12 hits and seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, ending his bid for his fifth straight win.
The 36-year-old Jones lifted his batting average from .409 to .418 by going 4-for-5 with singles in the first, third and eighth. He hit his 14th homer of the season about 10 rows deep into the right-field seats with two outs in the sixth.