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Michaels drives in five as Phillies cruise past Braves

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel hopes his team will use Saturday's victory over the Atlanta Braves as a model for the rest of the season.

The Phillies took the lead and then kept pounding. They topped off a 12-5 rout of Atlanta with a five-run ninth inning as Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer to finish with a career-high five RBI.

With wins in the first two games of the three-game series, the Phillies have their first three-game winning streak since April 16-18.

"I would like for our team to never be satisfied," Manuel said. "Three games is good, but of course we'd like a bigger one that that."

Still in last place in the NL East, the Phillies have pulled to within two games of .500. They have played 30 road games, the most in the major leagues, but on Tuesday they will begin a stretch of 13 straight at home and 35 of 48 at Citizens Bank Park.

"We need to take advantage of that," Michaels said. "It's going to be a big stretch."

Pat Burrell was 2-for-4 with three RBI in his return to the Philadelphia lineup after missing Friday night's game with a sore left wrist. Placido Polanco had four hits, and added an RBI in a four-run fourth inning for the Phillies, who will go for the sweep of the Braves on Sunday.

"They are getting it together," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. "(Jim) Thome is back, and that makes a big difference. It's going to be a tight race."

Thome was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.

Philadelphia broke it open in the ninth inning on David Bell's two-run single off Adam Bernero, who walked the bases loaded, and Michaels' three-run homer against Matt Childers that made it 12-5. After the game, Childers was designated for assignment.

Jon Lieber (6-4) gave up nine hits and five runs, four earned, in five innings but was backed by the Phillies' 16-hit attack. Philadelphia gave Lieber leads of 3-1 and 7-3 in the first four innings.

Braves starter Horacio Ramirez (3-5) left with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Ramirez struck out Bobby Abreu, the last batter he faced, but Cox brought in right-hander Kevin Gryboski to face Burrell who foiled the strategy by lining a two-run single to left field for a 7-3 lead.

The Braves cut it to 7-5 off Lieber in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles by Giles and Chipper Jones scored one run. After a single by Adam LaRoche, Jones scored when Andruw Jones hit into a double play.

Ramirez gave up nine hits and seven runs -- both season highs -- in 3 2/3 innings. He walked two batters and had two strikeouts in his first loss in four career starts against Philadelphia.

"He didn't have his really good stuff," Cox said.

Ramirez's ERA rose to 5.65.

"I don't consider it a setback," he said. "I'm disappointed we lost, but they're a pretty good team. ... they don't play like a last-place team. They are really tough to pitch to. They have a lot of contact hitters. They put the ball in play, and when they do that, good things happen."

The Braves turned double plays to end the second and third innings, keeping Ramirez in the game.

Philadelphia took the lead in the second. Thome walked and moved to third on Bell's double, and both scored on Michaels' single to center. The Phillies went ahead 3-1 in the third on three straight singles by Polanco, Abreu and Burrell.

The Braves scored an unearned run in the first when Rafael Furcal reached on a throwing error by Lieber and came home on a sacrifice fly by LaRoche.

Atlanta tied it 3-3 in the third. Furcal hit an infield single, stole second and scored on Marcus Giles' double. Giles scored on another sacrifice fly by LaRoche.

Notes

  • Michaels made a diving catch in center field to rob Furcal of a hit in the fourth inning.
  • Braves C Eddie Perez, on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis, joined the grounds crew that dragged the infield between the third and fourth innings. Perez wore the grounds crew's uniform -- blue shorts and red shirt.
  • OF Andruw Jones' third-inning single was his 1,300th career hit. He is the fourth Atlanta player to reach the milestone.
  • Chipper Jones' fifth-inning double gave him sole possession of second place on the Braves' career list with 339. He had been tied with Eddie Mathews.
 
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Jon Lieber tosses five solid innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits for the win. (AP)
Jon Lieber tosses five solid innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits for the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

P. Polanco
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

J. Michaels
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110112 .267
Placido Polanco, 2B6141001 .286
Bobby Abreu, RF4110224 .337
Pat Burrell, LF4023101 .316
    Endy Chavez, PR-CF1100003 .194
Jim Thome, 1B3210213 .214
    Amaury Telemaco, P0000000 .000
David Bell, 3B5222001 .256
Jason Michaels, CF-LF4225111 .290
Todd Pratt, C4120111 .235
Jon Lieber, P3101011 .000
    Robinson Tejeda, P0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   a- Kenny Lofton, PH1010000 .377
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Utley, PH-1B1000010 .298
Totals411216128818 
a-hit a bunt single for Cormier in the 8th
b-struck out for Madson in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Bell (11, Ramirez)
HR - Jason Michaels (2, Childers)
RBI - Placido Polanco (11), Pat Burrell 3 (42), David Bell 2 (15), Jason Michaels 5 (12), Jon Lieber (3)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell 2 (25)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Polanco-Thome, Polanco-Rollins-Utley
E - Jon Lieber (1, throwing error)
Philadelphia Phillies
Jon Lieber (W,6-4) 5954030 4.41
Robinson Tejeda (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Rheal Cormier (H,9) 1100020 5.84
Ryan Madson (H,12) 1000000 4.21
Amaury Telemaco 1100010 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lieber 73-52, Robinson Tejeda 7-5, Rheal Cormier 13-11, Ryan Madson 17-10, Amaury Telemaco 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lieber 5-7, Rheal Cormier 1-0, Ryan Madson 2-1, Amaury Telemaco 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lieber 24, Robinson Tejeda 3, Rheal Cormier 4, Ryan Madson 3, Amaury Telemaco 3
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS5210012 .226
Marcus Giles, 2B4221011 .291
Chipper Jones, 3B4131001 .333
Adam LaRoche, 1B2012011 .258
Andruw Jones, CF4010001 .263
Ryan Langerhans, RF4000011 .187
Brian Jordan, LF4010000 .236
Brayan Pena, C4020011 .375
Horacio Ramirez, P1000001 .235
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000001 .295
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH1000000 .275
    Danny Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Adam Bernero, P00000001.000
    Matt Childers, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000011 .213
Totals3551140611 
a-lined out for Gryboski in the 4th
b-flied out for Sosa in the 6th
c-struck out for Childers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marcus Giles 2 (19, Lieber, Lieber), Chipper Jones (14, Lieber)
SF - Adam LaRoche 2 (3)
RBI - Marcus Giles (12), Chipper Jones (24), Adam LaRoche 2 (29)
SB - Rafael Furcal (17, 2nd base off Lieber/Pratt)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Ramirez-Giles-LaRoche, Giles-Furcal-LaRoche, Giles-Furcal-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Horacio Ramirez (L,3-4) 3.2977220 5.65
Kevin Gryboski 0.1100010 1.08
Jorge Sosa 2000110 3.10
Danny Kolb 1100010 5.95
Adam Bernero 1344310 3.67
Matt Childers 1211221 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 74-43, Kevin Gryboski 12-6, Jorge Sosa 29-18, Danny Kolb 9-6, Adam Bernero 28-12, Matt Childers 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 4-4, Jorge Sosa 1-4, Adam Bernero 1-0, Matt Childers 1-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 21, Kevin Gryboski 2, Jorge Sosa 7, Danny Kolb 4, Adam Bernero 8, Matt Childers 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34975
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Kerwin Danley