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Glavine earns first victory, Braves outslug Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Glavine plans to keep his eyes off the scoreboard next time he takes the mound.

Glavine pitched 5 2/3 effective innings to earn his first win for Atlanta in six years and the Braves held on for an 8-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

"The mistake I made is when I went out there in the sixth inning, I pitched to the score," Glavine said. "That's not a very good thing for me to do. That's the kind of thing that even at my age and my level of experience, you learn some things every now and then. I need to stay in focus and pitch my kind of game."

Chipper Jones, Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson each hit solo home runs and Brian McCann drove in three runs to support Glavine, who hadn't won a game with the Braves since beating the Phillies on Sept. 19, 2002.

Blaine Boyer got the last four outs for his first career save. He allowed an RBI single to Jimmy Rollins in the ninth, before retiring Shane Victorino on a fly ball to the warning track with the tying run on second base to end it. Boyer is the fifth Braves reliever to record a save this season.

Chase Utley hit his major league-leading 14th home run and Ryan Howard also connected for Philadelphia.

Glavine (1-1) allowed four runs and four hits. He took a one-hitter into the sixth before the Phillies cut an 8-0 deficit in half. The 42-year-old Glavine spent the previous five seasons with the New York Mets after pitching his first 16 years in Atlanta.

"It feels good. It's nice to get back on the board and feel like I'm contributing," Glavine said.

For most of the night, Glavine was in vintage form. He kept hitters off balance with an assortment of slow stuff and pinpoint control.

"He was fantastic the first five," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Meanwhile, the Braves teed off on Brett Myers (2-4).

Escobar led off with a home run and Jones hit an opposite-field drive one batter later to make it 2-0. Johnson connected in the second and McCann's two-run double in the third put the Braves ahead 5-0.

Myers left to a chorus of boos in the fifth, and sat by himself in the dugout. He allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

"I'm disappointed that the fans have to watch this," Myers said. "I know I'm better than this. It's frustrating."

Myers' return to the starting rotation hasn't gone smoothly. His 5.91 ERA is the worst on the staff. He had success as a closer last year and thoroughly enjoyed the role, but he became a starter again after the Phillies acquired Brad Lidge from Houston. Lidge is 10-for-10 in save chances with a 0.50 ERA.

"I don't know what we can do," manager Charlie Manuel said of Myers' struggles. "Just send him out there and see how it goes."

Trailing 8-0, the Phillies finally got to Glavine in the sixth. Rollins had an RBI double, Victorino drove in a run on a groundout and Utley hit a two-run shot.

"You live and learn in this game, no matter how much you've been playing," Glavine said. "If I come away with one thing tonight, it's don't look at the scoreboard. As far as I'm concerned, every game I go out there it's 1-0. That's the way I have to pitch."

Howard hit an opposite-field drive off Royce Ring to cut it to 8-5 in the eighth. The struggling 2006 NL MVP is showing some signs of breaking out. He has a six-game hitting streak, raising his average to a paltry .182.

Notes

  • Phillies C Chris Coste was 4-for-4, tying his career best for hits.
  • Glavine is 29-17 in 65 starts against the Phillies.
  • The Phillies are 9-7 against left-handed starters.
  • When Chuck James takes the mound on Thursday night, it'll mark the first time the Braves start three consecutive left-handers since June 4-6, 1997. It was Glavine, Denny Neagle and Terrell Wade 11 years ago.
  • Philadelphia's Greg Dobbs got his ninth base hit as a pinch hitter -- a single with two outs in the ninth. He's 9-for-20.
 
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Tom Glavine turns back the clock and wins for the first time since Sept. 8 -- a span of 11 starts.  (AP)
Tom Glavine turns back the clock and wins for the first time since Sept. 8 -- a span of 11 starts. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Philadelphia

C. Coste
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS4111101 .313
Mark Kotsay, CF5220001 .306
Chipper Jones, 3B4221101 .418
Mark Teixeira, 1B4100134 .254
Brian McCann, C4123101 .309
Jeff Francoeur, RF5010022 .275
Kelly Johnson, 2B3121101 .278
Gregor Blanco, LF4012022 .309
Tom Glavine, P3010012 .167
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .227
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
Totals37812858  
a-grounded out for Ohman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (9, Myers), Brian McCann (13, Myers), Kelly Johnson (9, Myers)
HR - Yunel Escobar (4, Myers), Chipper Jones (11, Myers), Kelly Johnson (5, Myers)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (16), Chipper Jones (32), Brian McCann 3 (24), Kelly Johnson (16), Gregor Blanco 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 2 (10), Gregor Blanco 2 (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jones-Johnson-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Tom Glavine (W,1-1) 5.2444241 4.41
Jeff Bennett 0.1100100 3.66
Will Ohman 1000000 2.70
Royce Ring 0.2111001 7.11
Blaine Boyer (S,1) 1.1311010 4.18
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Glavine 87-53, Jeff Bennett 12-5, Will Ohman 4-3, Royce Ring 10-7, Blaine Boyer 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Glavine 9-4, Will Ohman 2-0, Royce Ring 1-1, Blaine Boyer 1-2
Batters Faced - Tom Glavine 23, Jeff Bennett 3, Will Ohman 2, Royce Ring 3, Blaine Boyer 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5122001 .286
Shane Victorino, RF5001012 .229
Chase Utley, 2B4112000 .323
Ryan Howard, 1B4111010 .182
Pat Burrell, LF3000110 .298
Jayson Werth, CF3000120 .264
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000002 .233
Chris Coste, C4240000 .339
Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH0100100 .248
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH0000000 .255
   c- So Taguchi, PH1000001 .178
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   d- Greg Dobbs, PH1010000 .327
Totals3469635  
a-walked for Madson in the 6th
b-announced for Condrey in the 7th
c-grounded into a double play for Jenkins in the 7th
d-singled for Seanez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (5, Glavine)
HR - Chase Utley (14, Glavine), Ryan Howard (8, Ring)
SH - Brett Myers (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (11), Shane Victorino (4), Chase Utley 2 (30), Ryan Howard (21)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (3), Ryan Howard (8)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (3, 2nd base off Boyer/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (3, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (L,2-4) 4.1986363 5.91
Ryan Madson 1.2200110 4.66
Clay Condrey 1100000 5.52
Rudy Seanez 2000110 1.59
IBB - Johnson by Ryan Madson
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 75-45, Ryan Madson 34-20, Clay Condrey 14-8, Rudy Seanez 29-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 4-1, Ryan Madson 3-1, Clay Condrey 1-2, Rudy Seanez 4-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 23, Ryan Madson 8, Clay Condrey 4, Rudy Seanez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 36001
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Bob Davidson