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Newcomer helps Braves avert sweep at hands of Phillies

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Kelly Johnson was very happy, even after his 0-for-3 day.

"It was outstanding," said Johnson, who drove in a run, made a sliding catch and threw out a runner at the plate in the Atlanta Braves' 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that averted a sweep.

Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Richmond on Sunday after right fielder Raul Mondesi was told he lost his starting job. Mondesi was given two days to decide if he will accept a lesser role on the team. He will not accompany the Braves to Washington for a three-game series that begins Monday.

After the game, manager Bobby Cox said Johnson will receive most of the playing time in left field while another rookie, Ryan Langerhans, and Brian Jordan share time in right.

"He looked good in the middle of our lineup," said Cox of Johnson, who hit third while Chipper Jones moved to the cleanup spot.

Jones noted that Johnson hit two line drives to the outfield and drew a walk.

"He put the ball in play hard a few times, stayed patient at the plate for a walk and made some key plays in the outfield," Jones said. "He did everything asked of him and he looked pretty comfortable at the plate."

Jones said he hopes the Braves, tied with Florida atop the NL East, "just find a winning formula and stick with it."

Johnson drove in his first run with a fielder's choice grounder in the Braves' three-run eighth inning.

"I enjoyed every second of it," he said.

Johnson made an impact with two plays in left field, including a sliding catch in the fifth on a sinking liner hit by Kenny Lofton.

In the sixth, Johnson threw out Jim Thome at the plate as he tried to score from second on a single by David Bell. Johnson threw a one-hop strike to catcher Johnny Estrada to nail Thome on a close play and end the inning.

The Braves denied the Phillies their first series sweep at Turner Field. Atlanta completed a six-game homestand 4-2, while Philadelphia heads home from a 5-4 road trip to play 13 straight at home.

"What I feel good about is we showed ourselves we can definitely play with the leading teams in baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Tim Hudson (6-3) needed 99 pitches to last seven innings for Atlanta. He gave up six hits and walked five batters while allowing two runs.

Two of Hudson's walks were to Thome.

"That guy rakes me," Hudson said. "Sometimes when I'm facing a guy who has hit me well in the past, I'd rather walk him and take my chances with the next guy."

Hitting behind Thome, Pat Burrell was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and hit into two double plays.

Braves leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases, giving him eight steals on the homestand.

"Let me tell you something, the whole object in playing the Braves is to keep him off base," Manuel said.

Phillies starter Brett Myers (4-3) gave up five hits and four runs in five innings as his ERA (2.06) climbed above 2.00 for the first time this season.

Marcus Giles gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the first with his third homer.

The Phillies tied it in the fourth with three straight singles to right by Lofton, Bobby Abreu and Thome and took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Mike Lieberthal's fifth homer.

The Braves went ahead 4-2 with three in the fifth. After singles by Andruw Jones and Estrada, Langerhans drove in both runners with a triple to the wall in right-center. Furcal's infield single brought in Langerhans.

Johnson knocked in his first run with a fielder's choice grounder against Robinson Tejeda in the eighth. Johnson drove in Furcal, who reached on his second infield hit of the game, stole second and advanced to third on Lieberthal's throwing error.

Tejeda loaded the bases with walks to Giles and Chipper Jones.

Adam LaRoche hit a fly ball to center off Amaury Telemaco that Lofton dropped in the rain, allowing one run to score. Andruw Jones' grounder was briefly bobbled by Bell at third, and Bell had to settle for a force out as another run scored to make it 7-2.

Johnson filled the roster spot of rookie pitcher Matt Childers, who was designated for assignment.

Notes

  • Myers made his shortest outing since Oct. 3, 2004, when he also lasted five innings against Florida.
  • Johnson was doubled off first base in the fourth inning. Running from first on a hit-and-run play following a walk, Johnson was late getting back to first when he was faked at second base on a fly ball to left hit by LaRoche.
 
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Tim Hudson gets the victory, yielding just two runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings.  (AP)
Tim Hudson gets the victory, yielding just two runs on six hits and five walks over seven innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Giles
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

M. Lieberthal
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5000013 .260
Kenny Lofton, CF4110111 .370
Bobby Abreu, RF4010012 .335
Jim Thome, 1B2011200 .219
Pat Burrell, LF4000012 .309
Chase Utley, 2B1000200 .295
David Bell, 3B4010015 .256
Mike Lieberthal, C4121000 .242
Brett Myers, P1000100 .048
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
   a- Endy Chavez, PH1000001 .189
    Robinson Tejeda, P0000000 .000
    Amaury Telemaco, P0000000 .000
   b- Tomas Perez, PH0000100 .278
Totals302627514 
a-flied out for Fultz in the 7th
b-walked for Telemaco in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mike Lieberthal (7, Hudson)
HR - Mike Lieberthal (5, Hudson)
RBI - Jim Thome (17), Mike Lieberthal (9)
SB - Chase Utley (4, 2nd base off Reitsma/Estrada)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Pat Burrell 1
DP - Burrell-Thome
E - Mike Lieberthal (3, Wild throw), Kenny Lofton (2, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (L,4-3) 5544221 2.06
Aaron Fultz 1000010 1.45
Robinson Tejeda 1132210 2.35
Amaury Telemaco 1000100 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 96-57, Aaron Fultz 12-9, Robinson Tejeda 25-16, Amaury Telemaco 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 5-7, Aaron Fultz 2-0, Robinson Tejeda 1-2, Amaury Telemaco 3-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 21, Aaron Fultz 3, Robinson Tejeda 7, Amaury Telemaco 5
Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS4121000 .232
Marcus Giles, 2B3211111 .292
Kelly Johnson, LF3101101 .000
Chipper Jones, 3B2000201 .328
Adam LaRoche, 1B3001002 .252
Andruw Jones, CF4111010 .263
Johnny Estrada, C3110100 .273
Ryan Langerhans, RF4112003 .190
Tim Hudson, P2000011 .130
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000010 .290
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
   b- Julio Franco, PH1000003 .210
    Danny Kolb, P0000000 .000
Totals307675412 
a-struck out for Hudson in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Reitsma in the 8th
Batting
3B - Ryan Langerhans (1, Myers)
HR - Marcus Giles (3, Myers)
SF - Adam LaRoche (4)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (21), Marcus Giles (13), Kelly Johnson (1), Adam LaRoche (30), Andruw Jones (29), Ryan Langerhans 2 (16)
SB - Rafael Furcal 2 (19, 2nd base off Myers/Lieberthal, 3rd base off Tejeda/Lieberthal)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kelly Johnson 1
DP - Furcal-LaRoche, Jones-Giles-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson (W,6-3) 7622521 3.00
John Foster (H,5) 0.2000100 0.00
Chris Reitsma (H,8) 0.1000010 4.13
Danny Kolb 1000120 5.66
HBP - Utley (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 99-58, John Foster 11-4, Chris Reitsma 6-4, Danny Kolb 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 9-7, John Foster 1-1, Danny Kolb 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 30, John Foster 3, Chris Reitsma 1, Danny Kolb 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37615
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Jim Reynolds