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Utley, Floyd find groove as Phillies outlast Braves

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Gavin Floyd tried to be more aggressive. Chase Utley needed to relax.

Both plans worked Thursday night as Floyd gave up three runs in six innings and Utley hit his first two homers of the season, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies won two of three from the Braves after opening the season with a 1-5 homestand.

"It feels good to win two in a row," said Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who led off the game with a homer. "That's something new around here. That's just the beginning."

Utley was hitting only .200 with no homers while Floyd (1-1) had an ugly 10.13 ERA after his first start.

For Floyd, the key was to attack.

"It feels better to be able to let loose and let it go," Floyd said. "That's what I focused on. ... The whole thinking process of being perfect or whatever just went out the window."

Floyd gave up five hits and left the game with a 6-3 lead.

Jeff Francoeur's second homer of the game -- and the season -- was a two-run shot off Ryan Franklin that cut the lead to 7-6 in the eighth inning.

Tom Gordon earned his second save by stranding two runners in the ninth.

Rollins, Bobby Abreu and Utley hit homered off Kyle Davies in the Phillies' five-run first inning.

"I was leaving balls up and they hit them out of the ball park," Davies said.

Utley added another home run in the fifth inning to chase Davies (0-1). The Phillies second baseman added a sacrifice fly in the seventh off reliever Lance Cormier, giving him four RBI for the game.

"He has been trying a little bit too hard," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said of Utley. "He gets in a little funk, but he'll bust it and come out of it. He's fine. I don't worry about him."

Utley, who hit 28 homers and drove in 105 runs in his first full season in 2005, had no homers and three RBI through his first 30 at-bats this season.

Francoeur, last year's rookie sensation for Atlanta, was also struggling, coming into the game with an .081 batting average.

"I gotta say it just felt good to hit a ball solidly," Francoeur said. "I just felt comfortable tonight. Just letting it kind of work its way out, seeing it and swinging at it."

The Phillies took their third straight series win at Turner Field. The Phillies have won five of the last nine series against the Braves in Atlanta.

The Phillies came to Atlanta with a 1-5 record.

Davies threw 31 pitches before recording his first out, a groundout by Ryan Howard that drew a sarcastic cheer from Braves fans.

"He was just a little too geared up in the first inning," said Braves manager Bobby Cox of Davies. "But after that he spotted the ball well, changed speeds.

"You gotta remember you've got to pitch in the first inning, not just throw."

Before the first out, the Phillies pounded Davies for five hits and five runs. Rollins led off with a homer. After a double by Aaron Rowand, Abreu followed with a two-run homer to left. Utley's two-run homer to center drove in Pat Burrell for a 5-0 lead.

Davies needed 40 pitches to get out of the first inning and had thrown 84 through four innings. He gave up nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed to 8.38.

The Braves tried to rally, scoring runs in the first, second and fourth innings.

Renteria, who reached on a single, scored on Andruw Jones' sacrifice fly in the first inning. Francoeur's first homer cut the lead to 5-2 in the second inning. Adam LaRoche led off the fourth with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann, trimming the lead to 5-3.

Utley, who carried a 1-for-19 slump into the game, gave Philadelphia a 6-3 lead with his second home run.

Through 10 games, the Braves' five starting pitchers are 0-5. The last time the Braves had no starting pitcher with a win after 10 games was 1988.

Notes

  • The Phillies sent nine batters to the plate in the first, the second time in two nights they batted around in an inning. They sent 10 to the plate while scoring four runs in the second inning of a 7-5 win Wednesday night.
  • Rollins' first-inning homer was his 14th career leadoff homer, tying him with Juan Samuel for the Phillies' record.
  • Davies gave up four homers for the first time in his career.
 
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Chase Utley enters the game with no homers, but unloads twice on Atlanta and drives in four runs.  (AP)
Chase Utley enters the game with no homers, but unloads twice on Atlanta and drives in four runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5121000 .395
Aaron Rowand, CF5110001 .273
Bobby Abreu, RF4212110 .294
Pat Burrell, LF4120020 .290
    Aaron Fultz, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- David Dellucci, PH1000010 .091
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
Chase Utley, 2B4224000 .235
Ryan Howard, 1B3020100 .355
David Bell, 3B4020003 .240
Sal Fasano, C4000015 .100
Gavin Floyd, P3000021 .000
    Shane Victorino, LF1000000 .250
Totals3871272710 
a-struck out for Franklin in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (5, Cormier), Aaron Rowand (2, Davies)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (1, Davies), Bobby Abreu (2, Davies), Chase Utley 2 (2, Davies, Davies)
SF - Chase Utley (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (2), Bobby Abreu 2 (9), Chase Utley 4 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
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Aaron Fultz 1000010 5.87
Ryan Franklin 1233111 5.14
Tom Gordon (S,2) 1100020 2.25
HBP - McCann (by Aaron Fultz)
WP - Tom Gordon (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 95-55, Aaron Fultz 11-8, Ryan Franklin 17-9, Tom Gordon 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 3-10, Aaron Fultz 1-1, Ryan Franklin 1-1
Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 24, Aaron Fultz 4, Ryan Franklin 6, Tom Gordon 5
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B5010011 .243
Edgar Renteria, SS5110012 .356
Ryan Langerhans, LF3120202 .414
Andruw Jones, CF3002012 .300
Adam LaRoche, 1B3210102 .257
Jeff Francoeur, RF4233001 .146
Brian McCann, C2001010 .267
Wilson Betemit, 3B4000032 .381
    Tony Pena, PR0000000 .000
Kyle Davies, P1000010 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH1000000 .333
    Lance Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian Jordan, PH1000001 .333
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
    Ken Ray, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .267
Totals336863814 
a-lined out for Remlinger in the 5th
b-flied out for Cormier in the 7th
c-lined out for Ray in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Langerhans (3, Floyd), Adam LaRoche (5, Floyd)
3B - Ryan Langerhans (1, Franklin)
HR - Jeff Francoeur 2 (2, Floyd, Franklin)
SF - Andruw Jones (1), Brian McCann (1)
RBI - Andruw Jones 2 (15), Jeff Francoeur 3 (5), Brian McCann (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Francoeur 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies (L,0-1) 4.2966054 8.38
Mike Remlinger 0.1000100 2.25
Lance Cormier 2311110 1.17
Oscar Villarreal 1000000 1.50
Ken Ray 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 96-59, Mike Remlinger 8-4, Lance Cormier 43-26, Oscar Villarreal 7-5, Ken Ray 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 2-7, Mike Remlinger 1-0, Lance Cormier 3-2, Oscar Villarreal 2-1, Ken Ray 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Mike Remlinger 2, Lance Cormier 10, Oscar Villarreal 3, Ken Ray 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22911
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor