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"We know what we're doing with him, but he seems to get us almost every series," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We make mistakes."
Howard homered twice, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run shot, and the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a shortened start by rookie J.A. Happ to end Atlanta's seven-game winning streak with a 9-4 victory Friday night.
Philadelphia, which has won six straight, snapped the Braves' longest stretch of consecutive victories since July 2006, dropping Atlanta 8½ games back in the National League East and hurting their fading wild-card chances.
Howard's 39th and 40th homers came off Tim Hudson (1-1), who gave up six hits, three runs and one walk with three strikeouts in seven innings.
Rookie Boone Logan, the second of four Atlanta relievers to follow Hudson, made just three pitches before hitting Howard with a 95 mph fastball in the eighth.
"It wasn't that I got hit," Howard said. "It was that I got hit in the same spot [Thursday against Washington]. No, I'm sure he didn't try to hit me, not with an 0-2 count and runners at second and third."
Happ, making his first start since Sept. 2 because of a strained oblique, left after three innings and did not earn a decision. The Phillies announced his departure was for "precautionary reasons" after the left-hander allowed five hits, one run, no walks and struck out one.
Happ doesn't know if he will make his next scheduled start.
"I'd thrown  pitches but I felt good," Happ said. "I was throwing quite a few change-ups. I was throwing them for strikes. I had a good curve."
Kyle Kendrick (2-1) won his second consecutive appearance with four scoreless innings. Allowing four hits with no walks or strikeouts, Kendrick began the fourth with a 2-1 lead courtesy of Howard's two-run shot in the fourth.
Jayson Werth gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead with a two-run single in the eighth.
Howard made it 3-1 in the sixth, giving him six multihomer games this season and 23 overall to tie Chuck Klein for second-most on the Phillies' career list.
Happ stayed in the game after manager Charlie Manuel, pitching coach Rich Dubee and team trainer visited the mound in the third. Four pitches later, Martin Prado's 10th homer gave the Braves a 1-0 lead.
"He said he was OK, but he didn't have a lot on the ball," Manuel said. "He didn't have a lot on the ball."
Hudson, making his fifth start since returning from elbow ligament replacement surgery, retired first 10 batters he faced, allowing no hits or walks, before Francisco singled in the fourth.
Howard raised his career average to .353 with five homers in 34 career at-bats against Hudson.
"I couldn't quite keep the big fellow in the park tonight," Hudson said. "I'm scratching my head with this guy. I mean, it seems like every time I pitch against these guys, he takes me deep. Im obviously not the only guy he does that to. It's one of those things that if I make a mistake, he don't miss it."
Facing Atlanta pitching in a career that spans nearly six full seasons, the 2006 NL MVP is now hitting .342 with 31 homers and 85 RBI in 295 career at-bats.
"It just happens," Howard said. "I like Atlanta. Good food."
|Ryan Howard takes Tim Hudson deep and puts more space between Philly and Atlanta in the standings. (AP)|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||2||1||3||1||0||1||.247|
|Ben Francisco, CF||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.254|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||2||2||3||0||1||0||.271|
|Jayson Werth, RF||4||0||3||2||0||0||0||.276|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.277|
|Pedro Feliz, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.255|
|Paul Bako, C||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.192|
|J.A. Happ, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.075|
|Kyle Kendrick, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Stairs, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.200|
|Eric Bruntlett, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-walked for Madson in the 9th|
|2B - Ben Francisco (26, Hudson)|
|HR - Jimmy Rollins (19, Nunez), Ben Francisco (15, Nunez), Ryan Howard 2 (40, Hudson, Hudson)|
|SH - Kyle Kendrick (1)|
|RBI - Jimmy Rollins 3 (70), Ben Francisco (44), Ryan Howard 3 (121), Jayson Werth 2 (90)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard 3 (32)|
|SB - Chase Utley (22, 2nd base off Logan/McCann)|
|CS - Ben Francisco (4, 3rd base by Hudson/McCann), Ryan Howard (1, 3rd base by Acosta/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1|
|DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard|
|Kyle Kendrick (W,2-1)||4||3||0||0||0||0||0||2.70|
|Ryan Madson (H,24)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.30|
|WP - Chad Durbin (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - J.A. Happ 51-34, Kyle Kendrick 36-23, Tyler Walker 18-13, Ryan Madson 3-2, Chad Durbin 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.A. Happ 5-2, Kyle Kendrick 6-5, Ryan Madson 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-1|
|Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 13, Kyle Kendrick 14, Tyler Walker 4, Ryan Madson 1, Chad Durbin 5|
|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.271|
|Martin Prado, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.298|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.268|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||3||2||0||0||0||.287|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.302|
|Omar Infante, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Garret Anderson, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Matt Diaz, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.322|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.279|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||3||.286|
|a- Kelly Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Boone Logan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Vladimir Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.256|
|a-flied out for Hudson in the 7th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Nunez in the 9th|
|2B - Garret Anderson (25, Durbin), Matt Diaz (18, Happ)|
|HR - Martin Prado (10, Happ), Brian McCann (20, T. Walker)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (45), Brian McCann 2 (86), Adam LaRoche (74)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 2 (46)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Tim Hudson (L,1-1)||7||6||3||3||1||3||2||3.70|
|HBP - Howard (by Boone Logan)|
|WP - Manny Acosta (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 87-57, Kris Medlen 13-6, Boone Logan 4-2, Manny Acosta 13-8, Vladimir Nunez 30-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 13-4, Manny Acosta 1-0, Vladimir Nunez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Kris Medlen 3, Boone Logan 1, Manny Acosta 2, Vladimir Nunez 7|
|Attendance - 27241|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|