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Braves vault into first by beating slumping Phillies

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones knows the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup is too potent to stay quiet for long.

"At some point they're going to break out of it," he said. "You just hope it's not against you. We've been fortunate."

The Braves capitalized on another punchless Phillies' effort to move into first place in the NL East with a 9-3 victory Monday.

Jones and Troy Glaus homered to back a strong start by Tommy Hanson. The Braves, winners of six straight, are one-half game ahead of Philadelphia, which has dropped two straight and nine of 13.

"Frustrated? Yes, we're frustrated," said Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who had one of three RBI doubles in the seventh. "But we're not down. This is a team of guys that are going to fight and scratch and claw."

Improving to 16-4 since May 10, the Braves have made up 7½ games in the NL East since May 17, when they were in last place. Atlanta hasn't held first place in the NL East this late in a season since they won the last of 14 straight division titles in 2005.

Philadelphia, which was shut out in five of its previous eight games, had just three hits off Hanson (5-3) before the right-hander left with two outs in the seventh.

Lowering his ERA 28 points to 3.78, Hanson struck out two and did not allow a walk after issuing three in the first two innings. The right-hander benefited from double plays that ended scoring threats in the first and second.

"Those were huge," Hanson said. "They set our defense, and I started hitting my spots and throwing a little more strikes."

Atlanta took a 3-0 lead in the first on Jones' third homer, a two-run shot, and Eric Hinske's RBI single. In the third, the Braves went up 6-0 on an RBI by Hinske and Yunel Escobar's two-run double.

Glaus' eighth homer, a three-run shot in the seventh off reliever Chad Durbin, made it 9-3.

Joe Blanton (1-4) lost his second straight start after giving up eight hits, six runs -- four earned -- and one walk with two strikeouts. Fielding errors by right fielder Ross Gload in the first and first baseman Ryan Howard in the third led to two unearned runs.

"It just seems that everything that can go wrong does." Blanton said. "We know we're a good team."

The Phillies began the game as the first club since the 1992 Chicago Cubs to get shut out five times over an eight-game span, according to the team.

Philadelphia, which won the 2008 World Series and a second straight NL title in 2009, also is struggling defensively with 12 errors in the last nine games.

With his offense slumping, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel changed the batting order with Gload leading off, Greg Dobbs in the No. 2 spot and Shane Victorino hitting fifth. They went a combined 0 for 8.

The Phillies were without third baseman Placido Polanco, who has a .329 average in 216 career at-bats against Atlanta, and right fielder Jayson Werth, who was given the day off despite a .341 career average with three homers and 12 RBI in 128 career plate appearances at Turner Field.

Manuel was ejected in the third for arguing that a call by home plate umpire Larry Vanover shouldn't have been overturned by the umpiring crew. Vanover initially ruled that Dobbs' uniform was hit by a pitch, but Atlanta manager Bobby Cox successfully appealed.

"The game is a game of momentum," Manuel said. "I think everybody knows that. We've just got to keep playing and keep working. Let me put it like this: It's been a long time since I've seen us score five, six, seven, eight runs. It seems like we've gone a couple months [since scoring] I know this, we've got our heads up. Something's going to break for us."

Cox is proud of his team's recent surge, but he isn't about to count out the Phillies.

"There's a lot of baseball left, but we have made a great recovery," he said. "We bent a little bit, but we never broke."

Notes

  • Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge, who came off the disabled list after missing 18 games with elbow inflammation, pitched a perfect eighth.
  • Manuel hopes Polanco will return Tuesday after going to Philadelphia to have his left elbow examined.
  • Atlanta C Brian McCann returned to the lineup after missing the last four games with a strained quadriceps and went 0 for 2 with two runs scored and two walks.
  • Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens threw a 45-pitch bullpen session that went well, according to Cox.
  • Hanson has won two straight starts for the first time in 11 starts this season.
  • Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin managed the rest of game following Manuel's ejection.
 
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The Braves add to their lead over the Phillies with Troy Glaus' home run in the seventh.  (Getty Images)
The Braves add to their lead over the Phillies with Troy Glaus' home run in the seventh. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 6.2
H 3
ER 1
BB 3
K 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Ross Gload, RF3000001 .222
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Greg Dobbs, 3B2000101 .125
   a- Juan Castro, PH-3B1000002 .250
Chase Utley, 2B4010001 .277
Ryan Howard, 1B4000011 .282
Shane Victorino, CF3000100 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF3110100 .247
Carlos Ruiz, C3111102 .299
Wilson Valdez, SS4111022 .250
Joe Blanton, P2010000 .250
   b- Ben Francisco, PH-RF2011001 .211
Totals3136343  
a-grounded out for Dobbs in the 7th
b-doubled for Blanton in the 7th
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (10, Hanson), Carlos Ruiz (6, Moylan), Wilson Valdez (7, Moylan), Ben Francisco (3, Moylan)
RBI - Carlos Ruiz (12), Wilson Valdez (6), Ben Francisco (2)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (5), Wilson Valdez (5), Ben Francisco (1)
SB - Shane Victorino (11, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Shane Victorino 1
E - Ross Gload (1, Dropped fly), Ryan Howard (6, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Joe Blanton (L,1-4) 6864121 5.68
Antonio Bastardo 0.1122100 4.00
Chad Durbin 0.2211001 2.70
Brad Lidge 1000010 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 95-60, Antonio Bastardo 22-15, Chad Durbin 7-4, Brad Lidge 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 6-11, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Brad Lidge 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 28, Antonio Bastardo 3, Chad Durbin 4, Brad Lidge 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B5110002 .323
Jason Heyward, RF5000012 .292
Chipper Jones, 3B4122000 .250
    Omar Infante, PR-3B0100000 .302
Brian McCann, C2200200 .259
Troy Glaus, 1B4323010 .274
Eric Hinske, LF3112000 .329
    Gregor Blanco, LF10100001.000
Yunel Escobar, SS4022002 .212
Nate McLouth, CF4000002 .179
Tommy Hanson, P3020000 .143
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Melky Cabrera, PH1000010 .241
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Totals36911923  
a-struck out for Venters in the 8th
Batting
2B - Gregor Blanco (1, Durbin)
HR - Chipper Jones (3, Blanton), Troy Glaus (8, Durbin)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (21), Troy Glaus 3 (37), Eric Hinske 2 (22), Yunel Escobar 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Glaus-Escobar, Prado-Escobar-Glaus
PB - Brian McCann (1)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (W,5-3) 6.2311320 3.78
Peter Moylan0322000 2.82
Jonny Venters (H,3) 1.1000000 0.89
Jesse Chavez 1000110 7.36
HBP - Gload (by Jonny Venters)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 109-67, Peter Moylan 11-7, Jonny Venters 18-12, Jesse Chavez 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 5-11, Jonny Venters 2-2, Jesse Chavez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Peter Moylan 3, Jonny Venters 5, Jesse Chavez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42543
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Angel Campos, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Mark Carlson