PITTSBURGH, May 12 (UPI) -- Chuck James gave up one hit in seven scoreless innings Saturday as Atlanta routed Pittsburgh 9-2 for its fifth straight win.
Reliever Chad Paronto gave up two earned runs and four hits in one-third of an inning, and Peter Moylan hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings to mop up.
Scott Thoman hit two homers and drove in five runs to power the Braves' offense. Jeff Francoeur scored twice and drove in a run while collecting three hits. Willie Harris, Andruw Jones and Brian McCann each hit one RBI for the Braves, who lead the NL East by 1 1/2 games over the New York Mets.
James (4-3) walked three batters and struck out three.
They have dropped three of five overall.
Losing pitcher Tony Armas Jr. (0-3) surrendered five runs -- four earned --and seven hits in two innings.