McCann gets breather; Ross starts behind plate

McCann gets breather; Ross starts behind plate

ATLANTA -- With his bat having cooled off following a torrid stretch, Braves catcher Brian McCann was out of the starting lineup on Sunday to recharge as David Ross caught a day game following a night game.

McCann had gone just 4-for-24 in the homestand, although two of the hits were home runs. Before that, he had hit .309 over a 16-game stretch with seven homers and 16 RBIs. That surge raised his average from .224 to .243.

But McCann was 0-for-8 with five walks over four games after striking out twice and walking twice in Saturday night's 3-2 loss to Houston. That dropped his average back to .236. He had 18 homers and 56 RBIs in 86 games.

While manager Fredi Gonzalez gave McCann a day off on Sunday, third baseman Chipper Jones started his fifth straight game and ninth on the 10-game homestand.

Jones was 1-for-2 and walked twice on Saturday, making him 9-for-26 on the homestand and pushing his season average to .317. He had hit safely in 28 of his 32 games since June 19, batting .360 with 19 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs.