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Red-hot Phils drop Braves, inch closer to division title

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PHILADELPHIA -- Determined to stay on top, the Philadelphia Phillies are playing their best down the stretch.

Pat Burrell hit a three-run homer in the eighth and the NL East-leading Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Monday night for their 10th win in 11 games.

The Phillies reduced their magic number for clinching their second straight division title to four after the New York Mets lost 9-5 to the Cubs to fall 2½ games back. Philadelphia's magic number for clinching a playoff berth is three.

"There's been a couple points during the season when we weren't playing to our potential," Burrell said. "Right now we're going pretty good."

Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who helped the Phillies by winning two straight against the Mets over the weekend.

With the score tied at 2, pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs singled off Jeff Bennett (3-7) to start the bottom of the eighth. Greg Golson ran for Dobbs and scooted all the way to third when Bennett's pickoff attempt sailed down the right-field line.

After Bennett retired Jimmy Rollins on a sharp grounder to second, Chase Utley was intentionally walked. Jayson Werth then hit a hard grounder to third baseman Martin Prado's right. Prado made the backhanded play, but Golson beat the throw home, sliding under Clint Sammons' tag.

"Sammons didn't get in front of the plate or the guy's an easy out," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

Burrell ripped a two-out shot off Julian Tavarez to the seats in left to extend the lead to 6-2. The struggling Burrell, who came in batting .176 since Aug. 1, got a curtain call from a towel-waving crowd.

The Phillies were four games behind wild card-leading Milwaukee and trailed the Mets by 3½ after losing to Florida on Sept. 10. Then they swept a four-game series against the Brewers at home and followed with a 5-1 road trip.

"I think things can go our way," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We got five games left. That's what we're looking at."

Fans waved their white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" rally towels while keeping a close eye on the scoreboard. They stood and cheered when Cubs pitcher Jason Marquis hit a grand slam to give Chicago a 6-2 lead over the Mets in the fourth inning at Shea Stadium.

Even reliever Rudy Seanez got a rare standing ovation and exited to chants of "Rudy" in the eighth.

Johnson led off the inning with a double to right that just eluded the diving Werth. He went to third when center fielder Shane Victorino kicked the ball for an error.

But Seanez retired Omar Infante on a liner to shortstop Rollins. Jeff Francoeur followed with a high bouncer to Rollins, who threw out Johnson at the plate. Scott Eyre (5-0) came in to get the final out.

Phillies starter J.A. Happ allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander beat the Braves last week for his first win in the majors.

Happ took a shutout into the sixth. He walked Prado to start the inning. Johnson followed with a deep drive to the seats in right to tie it at 2. Johnson extended his career-best hitting streak to 20 games with his homer.

"This is what we dream about in the minors, getting a chance to come up and prove ourselves," Happ said.

The Phillies improved to 14-2 against the Braves with two games remaining. They were 9-0 in Atlanta.

"I can't remember a team beating us like this," Chipper Jones said.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead off Jair Jurrjens in the first on consecutive doubles by Rollins and Utley. An RBI groundout by Carlos Ruiz scored Shane Victorino for a 2-0 lead in the second.

Jurrjens allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.

Third baseman Pedro Feliz made a diving stop to his left on Prado's grounder leading off the fourth and threw him out from his knees.

Notes

  • Utley reached 100 RBI for the fourth straight season.
  • The Phillies extended their club-record streak to 18 consecutive games with a homer.
  • Johnson's 20-game hitting streak is the longest in the NL this season.
  • Jones wasn't in the starting lineup for the third straight game because of right shoulder inflammation. He singled as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
 
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Phillies 2B Chase Utley achieves his fourth straight 100-RBI season with this double in the first inning.  (AP)
Phillies 2B Chase Utley achieves his fourth straight 100-RBI season with this double in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

K. Johnson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF3000010 .263
   a- Yunel Escobar, PH0000000 .288
   b- Greg Norton, PH0000100 .269
    Gregor Blanco, CF1000002 .252
Martin Prado, 3B4100104 .320
Kelly Johnson, 2B4122010 .285
Omar Infante, LF4010021 .298
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010011 .239
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000003 .269
Clint Sammons, C2000101 .143
   c- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .220
Brent Lillibridge, SS3020000 .191
   d- Chipper Jones, PH1010000 .364
Jair Jurrjens, P2000002 .103
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   e- Brian McCann, PH1010000 .298
Totals3428235  
a-announced for Anderson in the 7th
b-was walked intentionally for Escobar in the 7th
c-flied out for Sammons in the 9th
d-singled for Lillibridge in the 9th
e-doubled for Tavarez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (39, Seanez), Brian McCann (39, Madson)
HR - Kelly Johnson (12, Happ)
SH - Jair Jurrjens (7)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (67)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Lillibridge-Johnson-Kotchman
E - Jeff Bennett (2, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 7522110 3.68
Jeff Bennett (L,3-7) 0.1130100 3.86
Will Ohman 0.1000000 3.75
Julian Tavarez 0.1211001 5.16
IBB - Utley by Jeff Bennett
WP - Jair Jurrjens (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 92-63, Jeff Bennett 12-4, Will Ohman 3-2, Julian Tavarez 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 10-9, Jeff Bennett 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 26, Jeff Bennett 4, Will Ohman 1, Julian Tavarez 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110001 .280
Chase Utley, 2B2111200 .288
Jayson Werth, RF4111002 .275
Ryan Howard, 1B4000014 .245
Pat Burrell, LF4113002 .247
    Eric Bruntlett, LF0000000 .214
Shane Victorino, CF4130000 .292
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000002 .248
Carlos Ruiz, C3001000 .227
J.A. Happ, P2000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1010000 .302
    Greg Golson, PR0100000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Totals3268621  
a-singled for Eyre in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (36, Jurrjens), Chase Utley (39, Jurrjens)
3B - Shane Victorino (8, Tavarez)
HR - Pat Burrell (33, Tavarez)
RBI - Chase Utley (100), Jayson Werth (66), Pat Burrell 3 (84), Carlos Ruiz (30)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell 3 (34)
SB - Jayson Werth (19, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Sammons)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
PB - Carlos Ruiz (3)
E - Shane Victorino (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
J.A. Happ 6.2522251 3.90
Rudy Seanez 1100100 3.64
Scott Eyre (W,5-0) 0.1000000 4.30
Ryan Madson 1200000 3.00
IBB - Norton by Rudy Seanez
Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 93-55, Rudy Seanez 22-13, Scott Eyre 3-2, Ryan Madson 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 6-9, Rudy Seanez 2-1, Ryan Madson 1-2
Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 27, Rudy Seanez 5, Scott Eyre 1, Ryan Madson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36796
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Chad Fairchild