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Burrell's late blast helps first-place Philly wind up 9-0 in Atlanta

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- It's too early for Pat Burrell and the Philadelphia Phillies to bring out the champagne, though a bottle of Georgia peach wine might be appropriate.

Burrell, batting below .200 since July, hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning and Philadelphia beat the Braves 4-3 on Thursday night to complete an unprecedented sweep of the nine-game season series in Atlanta.

"It's that time of the year when you take pride in being able to help when it counts," Burrell said.

The Phillies remained a half-game ahead of the Mets in the NL East with their season-best seventh consecutive victory. New York beat Washington 7-2.

Philadelphia is the first team to sweep a season series longer than four games in Atlanta. They swept three three-game series at Turner Field by a combined score of 49-24.

"They pitched better and hit better and that's pretty much how it's been all year," Braves pitcher Mike Hampton said.

The Braves weren't even called the Braves the last time the franchise was swept at home in a season series of as many games almost 100 years ago. In 1909, the Boston Doves lost all 11 home games to the Chicago Cubs.

The history didn't interest Braves manager Bobby Cox.

"What difference does it make?" Cox asked.

The Phillies lead the season series 13-2, their most victories against the Braves in a season with three games remaining in Philadelphia next week.

"They've got a good squad over there. There's no holes," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "They pitch, they play defense and they hit. You've got to tip you hat, I guess."

If the Phillies have had a weak spot during the latter part of the season it has been in left field, where Burrell hit .181 in August and .178 in September before his two hits Thursday night.

"I have struggled lately," Burrell said. "That's fine if you're winning. Our starting pitching has been incredible."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he has considered giving Burrell a rest, but he noted Burrell now has 32 home runs.

"When I look at a right-handed hitter who can do that, I don't see anyone ... who can take his position away," Manuel said.

Burrell hit .275 with 23 home runs and 57 RBI before the All-Star break.

"At the first of the year he carried us," Manuel said. "He cooled off a little, but he might be picking it up at the right time."

Cole Hamels (14-9) gave up six hits and two runs in six innings to improve to 3-0 in four starts against the Braves this season. The left-hander is 6-2 against Atlanta in his career.

Burrell said he couldn't explain the Phillies' dominance of the Braves at Turner Field.

"I talked to Chipper (Jones) about that today," Burrell said. "There have been seasons we didn't win nine (against the Braves) all year, let alone here."

Brad Lidge pitched a perfect ninth for his 38th save, including seven against the Braves.

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the first off Mike Hampton (2-3). Jayson Werth's triple to center drove in Chase Utley, who singled. Werth scored on Ryan Howard's fly ball to left.

Chipper Jones walked and scored on McCann's double in the first, and the Braves tied the game in the second on Casey Kotchman's first home run since he was acquired from Texas on July 29. Mark Teixeira, sent to the Angels in the trade, has 11 home runs for Los Angeles.

The 2-2 tie lasted until the sixth, when Burrell hit a two-run homer, his 32nd, about 10 rows into the left-field seats.

Hampton gave up six hits and four runs, two earned, in seven innings.

The Braves scored an unearned run off Ryan Madson in the seventh. Kelly Johnson reached on an infield single. Jones drew his second walk and Johnson scored when shortstop Jimmy Rollins dropped McCann's fly ball in front of Burrell in left field. It was only Rollins' seventh error.

Notes

  • Burrell has five home runs against the Braves this season.
  • Kotchman's home run was only his sixth extra-base hit in 114 at-bats with the Braves.
  • The Braves announced before the game that Cox's six coaches will return in 2009.
  • Johnson has a 16-game hitting streak after his infield hit, which was first ruled as a fielding error on Howard.
 
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Thanks to Pat Burrell's tiebreaking HR, the Braves take all nine meetings in Atlanta this season.  (AP)
Thanks to Pat Burrell's tiebreaking HR, the Braves take all nine meetings in Atlanta this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

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

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3000100 .278
Chase Utley, 2B5110002 .287
Jayson Werth, RF4111000 .283
Ryan Howard, 1B2101101 .248
Pat Burrell, LF4122000 .252
    Eric Bruntlett, PR-LF0000000 .214
Shane Victorino, CF3010112 .289
Pedro Feliz, 3B3010102 .250
Carlos Ruiz, C4010004 .229
Cole Hamels, P2000011 .230
   a- Tadahito Iguchi, PH1000000 .230
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .254
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3247442  
a-flied out for Hamels in the 7th
b-grounded out for Romero in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (16, Hampton), Shane Victorino (28, Hampton), Carlos Ruiz (14, Hampton)
HR - Pat Burrell (32, Hampton)
SF - Ryan Howard (5)
RBI - Jayson Werth (65), Ryan Howard (138), Pat Burrell 2 (81)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jimmy Rollins (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,14-9) 6622251 3.10
Ryan Madson (H,14) 1110120 3.12
J.C. Romero (H,22) 1100000 2.72
Brad Lidge (S,38) 1000020 1.93
WP - Ryan Madson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 103-58, Ryan Madson 18-13, J.C. Romero 11-9, Brad Lidge 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 13-0, Ryan Madson 1-1, Brad Lidge 1-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Ryan Madson 6, J.C. Romero 4, Brad Lidge 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, LF5010020 .316
Kelly Johnson, 2B4110000 .284
Chipper Jones, 3B3110211 .365
Brian McCann, C3011101 .299
    Brent Lillibridge, PR0000000 .169
    Corky Miller, C0000000 .086
Omar Infante, SS4010005 .296
Casey Kotchman, 1B4111000 .273
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010011 .235
Josh Anderson, CF4010022 .260
Mike Hampton, P2000021 .238
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000010 .216
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   b- Yunel Escobar, PH1000001 .288
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
Totals3538239  
a-struck out for Hampton in the 7th
b-fouled out for Tavarez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (24, Hamels), Brian McCann (38, Hamels)
HR - Casey Kotchman (13, Hamels)
SH - Kelly Johnson (9)
RBI - Brian McCann (85), Casey Kotchman (67)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (34)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Infante-Kotchman, Jones-Kotchman
E - Josh Anderson (2, Misplayed grounder), Chipper Jones (13, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Mike Hampton (L,2-3) 7642211 5.05
Julian Tavarez 1100110 4.91
Jeff Bennett 1000100 3.94
IBB - Feliz by Mike Hampton
HBP - Rollins (by Mike Hampton)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 102-57, Julian Tavarez 23-12, Jeff Bennett 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 9-10, Julian Tavarez 2-0, Jeff Bennett 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 29, Julian Tavarez 5, Jeff Bennett 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39070
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Mike Winters