ATLANTA (AP) - Mired in their first four-game losing streak of the season, the Atlanta Braves called a rare team meeting before facing the Florida Marlins.
Third baseman Chipper Jones says the meeting Tuesday was "basically a circling of the wagons" after a galling 12-inning loss to the Marlins the night before. Atlanta has lost seven of nine overall, reducing its lead in the wild-card race to 4½ games over St. Louis.
The Braves are still in fairly good shape with only 14 games left, and Jones insists there's no sense of panic about possibly squandering what had been a much more comfortable lead.
But Jones knows Atlanta must play much better to have any shot of winning a playoff series. As he put it, "We need to get out mojo back."
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