Bobby Cox wasn't the only Brave thinking he might be seeing his last game on Sunday -- closer Billy Wagner came into the game with two outs in the eighth, giving up back-to-back RBI hits as the Phillies closed their lead to within a run, 8-7.
However, he struck out the side in the ninth and the Braves got the victory -- and extended the careers of Cox and Wagner.
"Don't think that didn't run through my head out there," Wagner told reporters, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's Carroll Rogers . "You screw this up and go home and always be a goat. I was happy to go out there and compete and make some pitches and have another day to go out there and sweat."
Wagner threw 21 pitches in the eighth before striking out Raul Ibanez to end it. Cox said he had no thoughts about replacing Wagner for the ninth.
"You would have been getting a new manager," Cox said. "I would have been dead if I told him he wasn't going back out there."
Wagner, 39, picked up his 37th save of the season and 422nd of his career.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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