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PHILADELPHIA -- First, they got their bling. Then, they got their first win.
Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer, helping the defending World Series champions overcome a 10-3 deficit and avoid a three-game sweep on the day they received their shiny, new rings.
"We played 2½ games where we hadn't done much right, but we came back and got them," manager Charlie Manuel said.
But the Phillies rallied against Atlanta's bullpen in the seventh. Eric O'Flaherty got one out before Chase Utley singled and Ryan Howard was hit by a pitch. Peter Moylan came in and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Ibanez and Pedro Feliz hit consecutive RBI singles to cut it to 10-5.
Then, three straight batters walked to force in runs. Moylan walked pinch-hitter Matt Stairs. Blaine Boyer (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Chris Coste and Jimmy Rollins. Jorge Campillo replaced Boyer and Shane Victorino singled in another run to get the Phillies to 10-9. Campillo then walked in Utley to force home the tying run.
Howard's slow grounder to first base brought in Rollins and gave the Phillies their first lead of the season, 11-10.
"This club, we never feel like we're out of a game," Ibanez said. "We certainly felt we can come back if we put good at-bats together."
Pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett's sacrifice fly in the eighth provided an important insurance run. Matt Diaz homered off Brad Lidge with one out in the ninth to get the Braves within a run, but Lidge retired the next two batters to end it.
"I've never seen anything like it," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of the bullpen's meltdown. "I've seen a couple walk-ins, but never like that."
Clay Condrey (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win. Ryan Madson retired the side in the eighth and Lidge earned his 52nd consecutive save, including seven in the postseason and three dating to 2007 with Houston.
During a lengthy pregame ceremony, the Phillies received their championship rings. They are made of 14-karat white gold featuring 103 diamonds totaling 3.84 carats.
Watching the festivities seemed to inspire the Braves. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first for the third straight game and kept piling on.
Joe Blanton got roughed up by Atlanta's makeshift lineup. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in three innings, but avoided losing for the first time since joining the Phillies last July 17. Blanton was 4-0 in 13 starts after Philadelphia got him in a trade with Oakland. He was 1-0 in two postseason starts.
McCann's two-out shot to right gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead. McCann also hit a two-run homer in the first off Brett Myers on opening night. Ibanez hit Philadelphia's first homer, connecting in the second to tie it at 2.
The Phillies' bullpen was perfect in the first two games, retiring 21 straight batters. J.A. Happ walked the second batter he faced in relief of Blanton and Schafer followed with a two-run shot that made it 9-3. Chad Durbin walked in Atlanta's 10th run in the seventh.
The Phillies spent the past few days celebrating the franchise's second World Series title. They raised the championship banner on Sunday night and capped the party with the ring presentation before this game.
"It was nice to celebrate with the fans, but we had to get the first win," Victorino said.
Led by a motorcycle police escort, the rings arrived in a white van that circled around the warning track. Former general manager Pat Gillick, who retired after last season, was the first to receive his ring. An emotional Gillick cried after team president David Montgomery handed him his ring.
Manuel came next, and he was greeted by chants of "Charlie! Charlie" by the sellout crowd of 44,939 at Citizens Bank Park.
Former Phillies Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins and Adam Eaton took part in the ceremony. Burrell got a rousing ovation before heading off to Boston to play a night game for Tampa Bay. Eaton, who was left off the postseason roster, was booed.
|Raul Ibanez hits a 2-run HR to help Philly erase a 10-3 margin and pick up its first win of the season. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Omar Infante, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.500|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||3||4||.154|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||2||2||0||0||2||1||.308|
|Brian McCann, C||4||2||2||3||1||1||0||.273|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||5||.231|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||1||1||2||0||1||2||.231|
|Matt Diaz, LF||4||2||2||3||1||0||1||.500|
|Jordan Schafer, CF||4||1||1||2||1||0||1||.300|
|Javier Vazquez, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|a- Greg Norton, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Campillo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jeff Bennett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Garret Anderson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.222|
|a-walked for Vazquez in the 7th|
|b-struck out for J. Bennett in the 9th|
|2B - Omar Infante (1, Blanton), Yunel Escobar (2, Blanton), Casey Kotchman (1, Durbin), Matt Diaz (1, Blanton)|
|HR - Brian McCann (2, Blanton), Matt Diaz (1, Lidge), Jordan Schafer (2, Happ)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (1), Brian McCann 3 (5), Jeff Francoeur 2 (3), Matt Diaz 3 (3), Jordan Schafer 2 (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (1), Brian McCann 2 (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Omar Infante (1, Throwing)|
|Blaine Boyer (L,0-1)||0||0||2||2||2||0||0||0.00|
|Jorge Campillo (BS,1)||0.2||2||1||1||2||0||0||13.50|
|HBP - Howard (by Eric O'Flaherty)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 102-61, Eric O'Flaherty 17-11, Peter Moylan 16-7, Blaine Boyer 9-1, Jorge Campillo 21-9, Jeff Bennett 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 10-4, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jorge Campillo 1-1, Jeff Bennett 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Peter Moylan 4, Blaine Boyer 2, Jorge Campillo 6, Jeff Bennett 4|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||0||1||1||3||5||.071|
|Shane Victorino, CF||6||1||2||1||0||0||2||.154|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||1||2||2||1||1||0||.364|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||2||1||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||1||0||0||2||0||4||.091|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||3||2||3||2||0||2||.273|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||1||2||1||1||0||2||.222|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.333|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||0||1||0||1||1||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Eric Bruntlett, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Blanton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Miguel Cairo, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|J.A. Happ, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clay Condrey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Chris Coste, PH-C||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||1.000|
|a-walked for Ruiz in the 7th|
|b-hit a sacrifice fly for Madson in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Blanton in the 4th|
|d-struck out for Happ in the 6th|
|e-walked for Condrey in the 7th|
|2B - Chase Utley (1, Vazquez), Ryan Howard (1, Vazquez), Pedro Feliz (1, Campillo)|
|3B - Shane Victorino (1, Vazquez)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (1, Vazquez)|
|SF - Eric Bruntlett (1)|
|SH - Joe Blanton (1)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins (1), Shane Victorino (1), Chase Utley 2 (2), Ryan Howard (1), Raul Ibanez 3 (3), Pedro Feliz (1), Matt Stairs (1), Eric Bruntlett (1), Chris Coste (1)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Clay Condrey (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Ryan Madson (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Brad Lidge (S,1)||1||1||1||1||0||2||1||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 89-56, J.A. Happ 32-20, Chad Durbin 29-12, Clay Condrey 4-3, Ryan Madson 7-7, Brad Lidge 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 3-3, J.A. Happ 3-1, Ryan Madson 3-0, Brad Lidge 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 23, J.A. Happ 8, Chad Durbin 6, Clay Condrey 1, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 4|
|Attendance - 44939|
|Game Time - 3:13|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Wegner|