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Kotchman, Kawakami key Braves' rally past Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Casey Kotchman lofted a short fly to center field in the third inning and angrily slammed his bat to the ground.

He took out his aggression on the Phillies the rest of the game.

Kotchman had three hits and three RBI, Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.

Kotchman hit a two-out, two-run single off Jack Taschner (1-1) in the seventh inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. He also had an RBI double in the ninth.

"I'm just trying to make the most of the opportunities I get, said Kotchman, who went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .312.

Garret Anderson had two hits for the Braves (15-16), who took two of three from the Phillies to move within one game of .500. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his third save in three opportunities.

Matt Stairs got a rare start for Philadelphia and went 2-for-2 with a run-scoring double and a walk. Ryan Howard also had a pair of doubles and scored two runs.

The Phillies fell to 0-10 when scoring three runs or fewer.

"We definitely have to play better," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We have to be more consistent. We haven't put it together like we want to."

Kawakami (2-4) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out six and walked four. The 33-year-old rookie, a six-time All-Star in Japan, picked up his first victory in nearly a month.

"Kawakami pitched a gutsy game," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He had great stuff and kept the left-handers off balance."

Brett Myers turned in a solid outing for Philadelphia, yielding one run and five hits despite hitting two batters. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the sixth despite throwing only 92 pitches.

"I felt a little better and had more control than in the past," Myers said. "I felt stronger."

Myers helped end Chipper Jones' 29-game hitting streak against the Phillies. Jones was 0-for-3 with a walk, marking the first time since April 5, 2007, that he failed to register a hit against Philadelphia. Jones' streak was the longest by a Braves player against another team since 1954.

Jones left in the seventh with a sore elbow and is listed as day to day.

"I couldn't throw across the infield," Jones said. "I'll see how it feels [Monday]. If I can play, I'll play."

The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the first but managed only one run on a sacrifice fly to center by Anderson.

Pedro Feliz tied it with an RBI single in the second.

Notes

  • Philadelphia C Carlos Ruiz started after sitting out the previous two games with a strained right oblique.
  • The game drew a sellout crowd of 45,343 and the weekend series attracted 135,994, a record for a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Philadelphia's Shane Victorino was 0-for-13 in the three-game series.Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur was hitless in five at-bats, snapping his season-high 10-game hitting streak.
 
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Atlanta's Greg Norton comes home on Casey Kotchman's double in the ninth inning.  (US Presswire)
Atlanta's Greg Norton comes home on Casey Kotchman's double in the ninth inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Kotchman
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Atlanta

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B2110001 .236
   a- Omar Infante, PH-2B2000001 .329
Yunel Escobar, SS4110004 .286
Chipper Jones, 3B3000111 .284
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH0100100 .100
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Garret Anderson, LF4121001 .191
Brian McCann, C4010113 .250
Casey Kotchman, 1B5033004 .312
Jeff Francoeur, RF5000016 .272
Jordan Schafer, CF3000111 .225
Kenshin Kawakami, P2010001 .273
    Martin Prado, 3B1010000 .303
Totals35410444  
a-flied out for Johnson in the 7th
b-walked for Gonzalez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Casey Kotchman 2 (13, Myers, Lidge), Martin Prado (5, Durbin)
SF - Garret Anderson (1)
SH - Kenshin Kawakami (1)
RBI - Garret Anderson (4), Casey Kotchman 3 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Kotchman 3 (7)
Team LOB - 12
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (W,2-4) 6522460 5.79
Eric O'Flaherty (H,3) 1000010 2.19
Mike Gonzalez (H,1) 1000100 3.29
Rafael Soriano (S,3) 1100010 1.20
WP - Kenshin Kawakami 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 95-53, Eric O'Flaherty 11-9, Mike Gonzalez 17-9, Rafael Soriano 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 4-8, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-2, Rafael Soriano 1-1
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 27, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Mike Gonzalez 4, Rafael Soriano 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5000012 .195
Shane Victorino, CF4000101 .272
Chase Utley, 2B4000022 .309
Ryan Howard, 1B4220000 .287
Raul Ibanez, LF4000002 .327
Matt Stairs, RF2021200 .353
    Eric Bruntlett, PR-RF0000000 .143
Pedro Feliz, 3B4011023 .303
Carlos Ruiz, C2000112 .172
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1010000 .133
Brett Myers, P1000112 .231
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1000002 .148
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .500
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
   c- Jayson Werth, PH1000011 .287
Totals3326258  
a-singled for Ruiz in the 9th
b-grounded out for Myers in the 6th
c-struck out for Lidge in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard 2 (9, Kawakami, Kawakami), Matt Stairs (1, Kawakami)
RBI - Matt Stairs (7), Pedro Feliz (19)
Team LOB - 9
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers 6511230 4.81
Jack Taschner (BS,1; L,1-1) 0.2322100 5.14
Chad Durbin 1.1100010 3.57
Brad Lidge 1111100 8.53
HBP - Escobar (by Brett Myers), Johnson (by Brett Myers)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 92-55, Jack Taschner 20-9, Chad Durbin 18-13, Brad Lidge 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 9-6, Chad Durbin 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 27, Jack Taschner 6, Chad Durbin 5, Brad Lidge 5
Game Information
Attendance - 45343
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mike DiMuro