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Chipper hits pinch homer, Braves slow Phillies' playoff push

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies can regroup after two losses and enjoy their day off knowing they'll be in first place when they return to the field.

That's no thanks to their own performance Wednesday night.

Chipper Jones hit his second career pinch homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the NL East-leading Phillies 10-4, temporarily stalling Philadelphia's playoff push.

Then the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 9-6 in 10 innings, reducing the Phillies' magic number for clinching their second straight division title to three.

The Phillies remained 1½ games ahead of the Mets. They will finish the regular season with a three-game series against the last-place Washington Nationals, starting Friday.

"It wouldn't be the Philly way. No matter what sport, we don't make it easy," shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.

Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 47th homer and Chase Utley also went deep for the Phillies. But Brett Myers (10-13) got roughed up for the second straight start.

Benches and bullpens emptied with two outs in the bottom of the eighth when Braves reliever Julian Tavarez and Shane Victorino exchanged words.

Victorino was leading off third base when Tavarez inexplicably decided to chase him back to the base. Victorino chuckled and said something as Tavarez returned to the mound. Tavarez turned around and came back at Victorino. Players ran onto the field and umpires intervened before any punches were thrown.

"If I had my way, I'd form a big circle and see who wants to fight," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I've seen that before and nobody fights."

Myers allowed six runs -- four earned -- and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He was coming off the worst start of his career in which he gave up 10 runs in four-plus innings in a 14-8 loss to Florida.

Reliever Buddy Carlyle (2-0) retired the two batters he faced to earn the win for the Braves, who got their second straight victory over Philadelphia.

Myers got knocked out in the fifth after the Phillies had tied it at 3. He walked Martin Prado with one out and Brian McCann's RBI double gave the Braves a 4-3 lead. After Casey Kotchman was intentionally walked, Chad Durbin replaced Myers.

Omar Infante hit a grounder to first baseman Howard, whose errant throw to second allowed McCann to score. Howard leads the Phillies with 18 errors. Brandon Jones' two-out RBI single made it 6-3.

Scott Eyre came in to face Chipper Jones, who drove one to the seats in left for a 9-3 lead. Jones passed Duke Snider for 42nd on the career list with 408 homers.

"I did some hitting in the cage and told them if we had a chance to break it open, I'd be ready," said Jones, who hasn't started the last five games because of a shoulder injury.

The Phillies have to be concerned that Myers could be reverting to his first-half form after pitching like an ace for the past 2 ½ months. Myers, the team's opening-day starter, was demoted to the minors on July 1 after he went 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in his first 17 starts. He was 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 starts before facing the Marlins last Friday.

He downplayed the possibility that pitching a complete-game two-hitter on three days' rest against Milwaukee on Sept. 14 contributed to his recent struggles.

"I don't think so," Myers said. "I was up in the zone. I know what I did. That's easier to fix. Before when I went to the minors, I had no idea what I was doing wrong."

Myers got in trouble early. Josh Anderson led off with a double and Kelly Johnson followed with a single that extended his hitting streak to 22 games. Prado and Kotchman had RBI singles to make it 2-0.

Utley ripped a two-out shot to right in the third for his career-best 33rd homer. Howard led off the bottom of the fourth with a deep drive to center to tie it at 3.

Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes allowed three runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings. The left-hander was 0-7 with a 7.79 ERA in his previous 12 appearances.

A crowd of 41,430 at Citizens Bank Park had no reason to wave their "Fightin' Phils" rally towels. Many used the white-and-red hankies to keep warm on a crisp night. The Phillies set a season attendance record, surpassing their total of 3,250,092 in 2004.

Three "suspicious" packages found outside the first-base entrance to the ballpark forced the evacuation of some fans and stadium personnel two hours before the game, though the Phillies continued taking batting practice.

Police detonated the package, which turned out to be a prop used in a commercial shoot involving the Phillie Phanatic. It contained hot dogs heavily wrapped in white packaging and duct tape that were used as projectiles by the Phanatic's hot dog launcher.

Notes

  • Utley had 21 homers in the first 59 games this season, but only 12 in the next 100. He had 32 homers in 2006.
  • The Phillies finished 14-4 against the Braves, including 9-0 in Atlanta.
 
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Josh Anderson beats the throw to home plate for an Atlanta run in the eighth inning. (AP)
Josh Anderson beats the throw to home plate for an Atlanta run in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF4220110 .270
Kelly Johnson, 2B5110033 .285
Martin Prado, 3B4132100 .327
Brian McCann, C5231012 .299
Casey Kotchman, 1B4112101 .271
Omar Infante, SS5110001 .296
Jeff Francoeur, RF5010013 .237
Brandon Jones, LF4121000 .262
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .266
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000011 .133
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .250
   b- Chipper Jones, PH1113000 .365
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Gregor Blanco, LF1000000 .251
Totals411015937  
a-grounded out for Tavarez in the 9th
b-homered for Carlyle in the 5th
Batting
2B - Josh Anderson (5, Myers), Brian McCann 3 (42, Myers, Myers, Eyre), Omar Infante (24, Myers)
HR - Chipper Jones (22, Eyre)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (33), Brian McCann (87), Casey Kotchman 2 (72), Brandon Jones (14), Chipper Jones 3 (75)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (15), Brandon Jones (6), Chipper Jones 3 (18)
SB - Josh Anderson (9, 2nd base off Romero/Ruiz), Martin Prado (3, 2nd base off Myers/Coste)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Infante-Johnson-Kotchman
PB - Brian McCann (7)
E - Kelly Johnson (14, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes 3.1533012 5.81
Buddy Carlyle (W,2-0) 0.2000010 3.77
Vladimir Nunez 2000200 4.06
Jorge Julio 1100120 3.72
Julian Tavarez 1110130 5.06
Manny Acosta 1000000 3.63
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 49-27, Buddy Carlyle 7-5, Vladimir Nunez 36-19, Jorge Julio 26-13, Julian Tavarez 24-12, Manny Acosta 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 5-4, Buddy Carlyle 1-0, Vladimir Nunez 2-4, Jorge Julio 1-0, Manny Acosta 1-2
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 15, Buddy Carlyle 2, Vladimir Nunez 8, Jorge Julio 5, Julian Tavarez 5, Manny Acosta 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS3000200 .276
Chase Utley, 2B5111011 .289
Jayson Werth, RF4000013 .270
Ryan Howard, 1B4111010 .248
Pat Burrell, LF2220200 .250
Shane Victorino, CF4010002 .290
Pedro Feliz, 3B3011012 .249
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B1000011 .300
Chris Coste, C2000002 .266
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .111
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH1010000 .247
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   c- Matt Stairs, PH1000011 .251
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .333
Brett Myers, P1000000 .069
    Carlos Ruiz, C3000011 .223
Totals3447347  
a-struck out for Feliz in the 8th
b-doubled for Seanez in the 7th
c-struck out for Romero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pat Burrell 2 (33, Reyes, Reyes), Shane Victorino (29, Tavarez), Geoff Jenkins (16, Julio)
HR - Chase Utley (33, Reyes), Ryan Howard (47, Reyes)
RBI - Chase Utley (101), Ryan Howard (142), Pedro Feliz (57)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (31)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (46, 2nd base off Nunez/McCann), Shane Victorino (34, 2nd base off Nunez/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jayson Werth 1
DP - Myers-Rollins-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (18, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (L,10-13) 4.11064230 4.55
Chad Durbin 0.1120010 2.91
Scott Eyre 1.1211021 4.38
Rudy Seanez 1000000 3.56
J.C. Romero 1111110 2.76
Clay Condrey 1100000 3.31
IBB - Kotchman by Brett Myers
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 96-59, Chad Durbin 16-9, Scott Eyre 26-19, Rudy Seanez 11-7, J.C. Romero 17-9, Clay Condrey 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 4-4, Chad Durbin 1-0, Scott Eyre 2-0, J.C. Romero 2-0, Clay Condrey 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 23, Chad Durbin 3, Scott Eyre 6, Rudy Seanez 3, J.C. Romero 5, Clay Condrey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41430
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Mark Wegner