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Utley leads NL East-leading Phillies past Braves

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ATLANTA -- The Philadelphia Phillies are building their case for a repeat NL East championship, one road win at a time.

Jimmy Rollins hit one of three Phillies' homers and Philadelphia improved on its National League-best road record with a 6-2 win over the Braves on Saturday night. It was the Phillies second straight win in Atlanta.

The Phillies, who have won 14 of their last 18 games overall, are 17-13 on the road, including the 2-0 start to nine straight games away from Philadelphia.

"Things are working out for us," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "Things are going our way. We're getting the breaks, and we're getting the starting pitching."

Kyle Kendrick and four relievers held the Braves to five hits, including Chipper Jones' two-run homer in the sixth that tied the score at 2.

Chase Utley's eighth-inning triple drove in Shane Victorino with the go-ahead run, and Rollins added to the lead with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Carlos Ruiz and Pat Burrell hit home runs to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.

"When Victorino, Utley and Rollins are clicking, we have a lot of energy," Manuel said. "We not only can get hits, we can manufacture runs."

The NL East-leading Phillies are 4-1 against the Braves this season. The Phillies are the first team this season to win the first two games of a series in Atlanta. The Braves are 25-10 in those games.

"It's been big for us," Victorino said. "When you're playing a division rival, it's big. ... Look at their home record. They play so well at home."

With the score tied at 2, Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (2-4) walked Victorino with one out in the eighth. Utley lined the triple into the right-field corner, allowing Victorino to score without a throw to the plate. The hit knocked Reyes out of the game.

"I think that one walk killed me," Reyes said. "I wasn't able to get ahead, and that was the big key in the game."

Ryan Howard hit a soft single to shallow right off reliever Royce Ring to drive in Utley for a 4-2 lead.

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning after taking over for Kendrick in the sixth, and J.C. Romero (4-1) got two outs for the win.

Kendrick gave up four hits and two runs with five walks and three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Reyes pitched a career-long 7 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits with two walks and four runs. He struck out eight, one shy of his career high.

"I felt fine," Reyes said. "My velocity was still there. ... I just didn't make my pitches that last inning."

The Braves knocked Kendrick out of the game with three hits, including Jones' two-run homer over the center-field wall, in the sixth.

Jones was 1-for-3 and is hitting .420 with 15 homers. He has the highest batting average through June 7 since Paul O'Neill's .431 mark on June 7, 1994, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"He's something," said Braves manager Bobby Cox of Jones. "We need somebody else to go with him here."

The Braves' 7-21 road record is the worst in the majors. They've remained above .500 by posting the strong home mark.

"To lose a series at home is tough, the way we've been playing on the road," said Kelly Johnson. "It's putting pressure on us to be near-perfect at home. We have been. Unfortunately, these two games have not gone our way. That's one way of putting it."

Ruiz has 11 career home runs, including four against the Braves. He does not have more than one homer against any other team.

Jayson Werth, activated from the disabled list before the game, started in right field and was 2-for-4.

Notes

  • Utley was hit by pitches in the fourth and ninth innings.
  • Ring allowed an inherited runner to score for the second straight night after stranding the first 23 he inherited this season.
  • Home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher ruled batter interference against Burrell when his bat hit catcher Brian McCann as McCann threw to second base too late to prevent Utley's stolen base. The stolen base was negated, and Utley had to return to first base. ... Fletcher ejected Yunel Escobar after calling him out on strikes in the ninth.
 
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Jimmy Rollins tags out Yunel Escobar on a stolen base attempt as the Phils swipe another win in Atlanta.  (AP)
Jimmy Rollins tags out Yunel Escobar on a stolen base attempt as the Phils swipe another win in Atlanta. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5112001 .281
Shane Victorino, CF4100121 .283
Chase Utley, 2B3121000 .317
Ryan Howard, 1B5011013 .206
Pat Burrell, LF4121022 .281
    So Taguchi, LF0000000 .203
Jayson Werth, RF4020021 .267
Pedro Feliz, 3B4010005 .249
Carlos Ruiz, C3211101 .226
Kyle Kendrick, P1000110 .091
    Ryan Madson, P1000010 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000011 .354
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals356106310  
a-struck out for Gordon in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell (17, Reyes)
3B - Chase Utley (2, Reyes)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (4, J. Bennett), Pat Burrell (15, Reyes), Carlos Ruiz (2, Reyes)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (20), Chase Utley (56), Ryan Howard (45), Pat Burrell (41), Carlos Ruiz (16)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell (20)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (6, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick 5.1422531 4.87
Ryan Madson 1000100 3.31
J.C. Romero (W,4-1) 0.2000000 1.59
Tom Gordon (H,13) 1100130 3.86
Brad Lidge 1000030 1.00
IBB - Anderson by Ryan Madson
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 90-47, Ryan Madson 11-4, J.C. Romero 13-7, Tom Gordon 20-12, Brad Lidge 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 7-5, Ryan Madson 3-0, J.C. Romero 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 24, Ryan Madson 4, J.C. Romero 2, Tom Gordon 5, Brad Lidge 3
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, SS5000020 .294
Kelly Johnson, 2B4110110 .294
Chipper Jones, 3B3112110 .420
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000111 .276
Brian McCann, C3000112 .303
Jeff Francoeur, RF4020010 .253
Gregor Blanco, CF2000200 .265
Josh Anderson, LF3010112 .353
Jo-Jo Reyes, P3000004 .000
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .167
    Phil Stockman, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .242
Totals3125279  
a-struck out for Stockman in the 9th
Batting
HR - Chipper Jones (15, Kendrick)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (41)
SB - Kelly Johnson (6, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz), Chipper Jones (2, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz)
CS - Yunel Escobar (4, 2nd base by Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Jones-Teixeira, Escobar-Johnson-Teixeira
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes (L,2-4) 7.1744282 4.80
Royce Ring0100000 4.50
Jeff Bennett 1222121 3.47
Phil Stockman 0.2000000 0.00
HBP - Utley (by Jo-Jo Reyes), Utley (by Phil Stockman)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 109-71, Royce Ring 5-3, Jeff Bennett 28-16, Phil Stockman 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 7-5, Jeff Bennett 1-0
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 30, Royce Ring 1, Jeff Bennett 6, Phil Stockman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43854
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez