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Ripken Homers in Game Vs. Braves

July 15, 2001

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ATLANTA (AP) _ Cal Ripken drew a lengthy standing ovation from Atlanta Braves fans after homering in his final regular season game at Turner Field on Saturday.

The Baltimore Orioles third baseman, who is retiring at the end of the year, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off fellow All-Star John Burkett.

The sellout crowd responded with a standing ovation, waving thousands of white towels given out as a promotion.

Ripken briefly disappeared into the dugout tunnel after his drive into the left-field seats, but the crowd would not stop cheering until he went to the top step and waved.

Burkett caught Ripken’s home run in Tuesday’s All-Star game when the ball sailed into the NL bullpen.

Ripken’s fifth homer of the season extended his hitting streak to 15 games, his longest since the last of his three career-high 17-game streaks, in 1992.

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