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2001 NLDS vs. Houston

In the opening round of the NL postseason, Jones crushed the game-clinching homer off Astros closer Billy Wagner in Game 1.

With the Braves down 4-3 heading into the eighth inning, Chipper’s line-drive, three-run blast triggered a four-run rally for Atlanta.

The Braves would ride that momentum to a three-game sweep of the luckless Astros. The significance of this: It marks Atlanta’s last postseason-series triumph of the century.

Greg Maddux of Atlanta faced Wade Miller of Houston. Brian Jordan drove in the first two runs of the game, hitting a sacrifice fly in the first with runners on first and third and a homer in the fourth. Brad Ausmus’s two-run homer after a walk tied the game in the fifth for the Astros.

Then Moisés Alou’s groundout with runners on second and third in the sixth gave the Astros the lead, but the Braves refused to concede. In the eighth, Keith Lockhart hit a leadoff double off of Mike Jackson and scored on Marcus Giles’s single to tie the game.

Julio Franco reached on an error before Billy Wagner relieved Jackson and allowed a tie-breaking three-run home run to Chipper Jones.

Andruw Jones’s leadoff home run in the ninth off of Mike Williams made it 7–3. Vinny Castilla’s leadoff home run in the bottom half gave the Astros that run back, but John Smoltz got the save as the Braves won 7–4.