Atlanta at Philadelphia

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Phillies 5, Braves 3

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PHILADELPHIA -- No matter the injuries, the Philadelphia Phillies are fighting hard to stay in the playoff chase.

Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer to back another solid outing from Jamie Moyer, leading the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.

Moyer (11-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision. Antonio Alfonseca pitched out of trouble in the seventh and Brett Myers worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

The Phillies remained three games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, while Atlanta fell 3½ back.

"What we've gone through all year with the injuries, being where we are is a great feeling," Howard said.

All-Star second baseman Chase Utley, right fielder Shane Victorino and starters Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber are among several players on the disabled list for Philadelphia.

Right fielder Jeff Francoeur threw out two runners at the plate for the Braves, who went 3-3 during a six-game road trip against the Mets and Phillies.

Helped by Francoeur's assists, starter Buddy Carlyle limited Philadelphia to one run over the first four innings. But Carlyle (7-4) didn't get through the fifth.

Jimmy Rollins started with a walk and Tadahito Iguchi followed with a grounder to second baseman Martin Prado. Rollins was safe at second because shortstop Yunel Escobar missed the bag on an attempted double play and Iguchi beat the throw to first. Braves manager Bobby Cox came out and argued briefly, but didn't get his record-breaking ejection.

Cox has been kicked out of 131 games, tied with John McGraw for first on the career list. He holds the record for most ejections by a manager because McGraw earned 14 as a player.

After Pat Burrell popped out, Howard drove his 33rd homer into the left-center seats to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead. The reigning NL MVP leads the league with 97 RBI, even though he was on the disabled list earlier in the season.

"It was a little flyball," Cox said of Howard's 391-foot shot. "It was out here and Cincinnati, and maybe Houston."

Prado's RBI double in the seventh brought the Braves to 4-2. Prado advanced to third on pinch-hitter Chris Woodward's flyout, but Alfonseca entered and struck out Escobar and Matt Diaz to end the inning. An enthusiastic Alfonseca celebrated with an odd-looking, windup fist-pump and leg kick.

The more low-key Moyer relied on his typical assortment of slow stuff to keep Atlanta's potent lineup off-balance after a rough first inning. The 44-year-old left-hander struck out Mark Teixeira swinging at an 80 mph fastball in the sixth and froze Andruw Jones with a changeup to strand two runners that inning.

"We believe in our abilities," Moyer said. "Everybody is contributing and that's important. When you're in a playoff race, it takes all 25 guys."

Rollins used his speed to get the Phillies an insurance run in the seventh. He legged out a triple leading off and scored on Burrell's sacrifice fly to right. Francoeur's throw was strong, sailing over everything and hitting Atlanta's dugout as Rollins crossed the plate to make it 5-3.

The Braves went ahead 2-0 just three batters into the game. Escobar singled and Diaz doubled. Chipper Jones followed with a two-run single.

Jayson Werth's two-out single in the first cut it to 2-1. On the hit, Francoeur easily threw out Burrell trying to score from second base.

Francoeur nailed Werth at the plate on Abraham Nunez's single to right in the fourth for his major league-leading 17th assist.

Carlyle gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

"We lost on a ball that just happened to go out of the ballpark," Francoeur said. "That's all I can say. It's tough to lose that way."

Notes

CF Aaron Rowand robbed Escobar of extra bases with a running catch on a drive to left-center leading off the third. ... The Braves are 4-2 at Philadelphia this season, including a season-opening, three-game sweep. ... A crowd of 45,053 was the 20th sellout at Citizens Bank Park this season. ... Since moving to their new stadium in 2004, the Phillies are 39-11 at home on Sundays. ... Rollins has scored 100 runs for the fourth season in a row.

 
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Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4110012 .315
Matt Diaz, LF3110111 .341
Chipper Jones, 3B4012001 .337
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000112 .291
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010012 .309
Andruw Jones, CF4000033 .214
Brian McCann, C4110000 .269
Martin Prado, 2B3021000 .257
   a- Willie Harris, PH1000010 .328
Buddy Carlyle, P1000000 .143
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Woodward, PH1000001 .212
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Totals3237328  
a-struck out for Prado in the 9th
b-flied out for Yates in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz (14, Moyer), Martin Prado (2, Moyer)
SH - Buddy Carlyle (4)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (66), Martin Prado (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 2
E - Yunel Escobar (9, Missed catch of throw), Brian McCann (9, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Buddy Carlyle (L,7-4) 4.1643341 4.39
Tyler Yates 1.2000010 5.15
Peter Moylan 1111010 1.95
Manny Acosta 1000010 0.00
WP - Buddy Carlyle (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Buddy Carlyle 88-52, Tyler Yates 17-13, Peter Moylan 13-9, Manny Acosta 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Buddy Carlyle 4-5, Tyler Yates 3-1, Peter Moylan 1-1, Manny Acosta 2-0
Batters Faced - Buddy Carlyle 22, Tyler Yates 5, Peter Moylan 4, Manny Acosta 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3320101 .290
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4100002 .265
Pat Burrell, LF2001102 .266
    Chris Roberson, LF-RF0000000 .286
Ryan Howard, 1B3113120 .267
Aaron Rowand, CF4010023 .314
Jayson Werth, RF-LF4011001 .252
Carlos Ruiz, C4010000 .254
Abraham Nunez, 3B3010000 .251
Jamie Moyer, P3000032 .140
    Antonio Alfonseca, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
Totals3057537  
Batting
3B - Jimmy Rollins (15, Moylan)
HR - Ryan Howard (33, Carlyle)
SF - Pat Burrell (5)
RBI - Pat Burrell (61), Ryan Howard 3 (97), Jayson Werth (18)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (6)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (22, 3rd base off Carlyle/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Iguchi-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Jamie Moyer (W,11-8) 6.1733240 4.68
Antonio Alfonseca (H,12) 0.2000020 3.86
J.C. Romero (H,10) 0.2000000 2.36
Tom Gordon (H,4) 0.1000010 4.08
Brett Myers (S,9) 1000010 5.15
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 93-55, Antonio Alfonseca 9-7, J.C. Romero 3-2, Tom Gordon 5-3, Brett Myers 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-9, J.C. Romero 2-0, Brett Myers 1-1
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 27, Antonio Alfonseca 2, J.C. Romero 2, Tom Gordon 1, Brett Myers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45053
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Bruce Froemming, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mark Wegner