Atlanta at Philadelphia

W: E. Brito (1-2) L: K. Davies (2-4)
HR: ATL - C. Jones (23)   PHI - M. Lieberthal (7)

Phillies pound Braves for 16 runs to split Game 2 of doubleheader

CBS wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- After two deflating losses, Philadelphia's offense gave the bullpen a lead it couldn't squander.

Mike Lieberthal homered and drove in four runs, helping the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 16-4 to gain a split of their day-night doubleheader on Saturday.

After starter Scott Mathieson left with a strained right elbow following one pitch to the second batter he faced, the offense made it an easy night for the relievers in the second game. Philadelphia had 17 hits and a 14-3 lead through five innings.

"Once it's gone, it's gone," manager Charlie Manuel said. "You have to move on. We're fine. We're OK. We have quite a bit of baseball left. No sense in panicking."

The Phillies, who've steadily climbed in the standings since overhauling their roster before the July 31st trade deadline, entered the nightcap one game behind San Diego for the top spot in the NL wild-card race.

Eude Brito (1-2) allowed two runs and four hits in four innings of relief after Mathieson came out. Brito surrendered a two-run homer to Chipper Jones in the first inning, but settled down.

Atlanta's Kyle Davies (2-4) gave up seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings in his first start since tearing his right groin on May 15.

Shane Victorino had six hits in the doubleheader. Jimmy Rollins had three RBI and Jose Hernandez was 4-for-5 in the second game. Rollins' run-scoring double tied it at 2 in the second inning. Victorino's infield single drove in another run and Rollins scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Lieberthal's two-run homer in the third gave the Phillies a 6-2 lead. Philadelphia increased its lead to 11-3 with four runs in the fourth. Lieberthal and Rollins had sacrifice flies and pinch-hitter Randall Simon had an RBI single.


  • The teams play another doubleheader Sunday.
  • Gordon pitched two scoreless innings in his second rehab outing at Single-A Clearwater and could rejoin the Phillies on Sunday.
  • Mathieson will have an MRI exam on Sunday.
  • LaRoche and Howard each have 11-game hitting streaks.
  • Pete Orr started for 2B Marcus Giles, who missed both games because he was feeling ill.
  • The Phillies' 16 runs tied their season high. Their 20 hits in the nightcap was a season best.
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Players of the Game

C. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

J. Conine
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0

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a-fouled out for Orr in the 4th
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Game Information
Attendance - 28600
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg