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Braves 4, Phillies 1

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PHILADELPHIA -- With Jason Heyward on the bench resting a sore right groin and starter Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, Braves manager Bobby Cox started utility man Eric Hinske in left field and reliever Kris Medlen on the mound.

They both made the best of their opportunities.

Hinske's tying double ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning, Medlen allowed one run and nine hits against the powerful Philadelphia lineup, and the Braves' bullpen came through to snap the Phillies' four-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Saturday.

"Huge, you know?" Hinske said of Medlen's spot start. "It's no secret we're struggling with the bats. Today was big."

Chipper Jones and Brian McCann led off the sixth with singles and Hinske's double knotted the score 1-1. Melky Cabrera followed with a single to left to give the Braves the lead, and Omar Infante's sacrifice fly made it 3-1.

Atlanta added a run in the eighth on Troy Glaus' RBI single, and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save in five chances.

"We played another great game defensively. We've been doing all that but we haven't been winning," Cox said. "Troy came through again with a big clutch hit. Medlen did a remarkably good job in this ballpark, against this team, hold them to one run. Pretty darn good."

Atlanta reliever Eric O'Flaherty (2-1) faced only one batter, retiring Ryan Howard on an inning-ending double-play in the fifth, to pick up the victory as gusty winds blew throughout Citizens Bank Park. Six relievers combined to hold the Phillies scoreless over 4 2/3 innings.

The Phillies had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the afternoon but were hurt by three double-plays. They also had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but reliever Johnny Venters retired Howard on fly ball to short right field.

"We had opportunities early but kept stranding runners," said bench coach Pete Mackanin.

He was running the team in place of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who missed the game due to personal reasons but is expected to return for the series finale Sunday.

Although Medlen allowed nine hits and one run while striking out three, he kept the Braves in the game in the 4 1/3 innings he pitched in the spot start.

"I thought I made my pitches when I had to," said Medlen, who was making his fourth start in the major leagues. "Overall good outing. The bullpen overall just dominated the lineup.

Medlen gave up the Phillies' only run on Shave Victorino's RBI single in the second inning.

Making his second start of the season, Joe Blanton (0-2) pitched six innings, giving up five hits and three runs. Phillies starters had gone 42 innings and allowed only two earned runs before the Braves rallied in the sixth.

"I feel pretty close to where I want to be," said Blanton who began the season on the DL for the first time in his career with a left oblique strain. "I had some quality pitches even in the sixth inning. They just put a couple of hits together."

In fact, Blanton didn't allow a hit until Medlen's leadoff single in the fifth. Third baseman Greg Dobbs slid to his left and reached for the ball but it glanced off his glove, giving the Braves pitcher his first big league hit in 17 at-bats.

Notes

Cox said after the game that Hayward might not play on Sunday. Heyward came up as pinch-hitter and grounded out in the ninth. ... Carlos Ruiz replaced C Brian Schneider in the fourth inning for the Phillies. Schneider had a left Achilles' strain. ... The Phillies are 16-7 against right-handed starters this season.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

E. Hinske
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF4110101 .183
Martin Prado, 2B4000000 .308
Chipper Jones, 3B3110201 .226
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Brian McCann, C2110212 .250
Troy Glaus, 1B5011028 .240
Eric Hinske, LF3111103 .281
    Matt Diaz, LF1000002 .177
Melky Cabrera, RF3011000 .189
Omar Infante, SS3001011 .262
Kris Medlen, P2010000 .250
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000011 .167
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Heyward, PH1000001 .291
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Brandon Hicks, 3B0000000 .000
Totals3247465  
a-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 6th
b-grounded out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Hinske (3, Blanton)
SF - Omar Infante (1)
SH - Martin Prado (2), Melky Cabrera (3)
RBI - Troy Glaus (16), Eric Hinske (9), Melky Cabrera (7), Omar Infante (8)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (11)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Infante-Prado-Glaus, Prado-Jones-Glaus, Infante-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Kris Medlen 4.1911030 2.45
Eric O'Flaherty (W,2-1) 0.2000000 2.19
Craig Kimbrel (H,1) 0.1000200 0.00
Peter Moylan (H,5) 1.1000200 2.13
Jonny Venters (H,1) 0.1000000 1.64
Takashi Saito (H,2) 1000020 3.00
Billy Wagner (S,4) 1000010 1.64
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 88-57, Eric O'Flaherty 3-2, Craig Kimbrel 13-3, Peter Moylan 19-7, Jonny Venters 4-2, Takashi Saito 11-8, Billy Wagner 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 4-5, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Peter Moylan 3-0, Takashi Saito 1-0, Billy Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 21, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Craig Kimbrel 3, Peter Moylan 5, Jonny Venters 1, Takashi Saito 3, Billy Wagner 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4011102 .240
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000112 .192
Placido Polanco, 2B4030000 .295
Ryan Howard, 1B4010014 .286
Jayson Werth, RF3000113 .349
Raul Ibanez, LF4010001 .250
Brian Schneider, C1110000 .167
    Carlos Ruiz, C2010110 .320
Wilson Valdez, SS4000014 .192
Joe Blanton, P1010000 .333
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .250
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
   b- Chase Utley, PH1000010 .299
Totals3219146  
a-grounded out for Durbin in the 7th
b-struck out for Baez in the 9th
Batting
SH - Joe Blanton (1)
RBI - Shane Victorino (24)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (15)
SB - Shane Victorino (4, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann), Jayson Werth (2, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Polanco-Howard
E - Greg Dobbs (1, Misplayed grounder), Ryan Howard (4, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (L,0-2) 6533230 4.97
J.C. Romero 0.2000210 3.86
Chad Durbin 0.1000010 1.98
Jose Contreras 1000100 0.93
Danys Baez 1211100 6.92
HBP - McCann (by Joe Blanton)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 95-67, J.C. Romero 18-7, Chad Durbin 8-5, Jose Contreras 11-6, Danys Baez 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 10-6, J.C. Romero 1-0, Jose Contreras 3-0, Danys Baez 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 27, J.C. Romero 4, Chad Durbin 1, Jose Contreras 4, Danys Baez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45395
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck