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Diaz hits tiebreaking double, Braves beat Phillies in 11th inning

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PHILADELPHIA -- A trip to Philadelphia might be all that Matt Diaz needs to get back in a hitting groove.

Diaz hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning, Eric Hinske added a two-run homer and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Tuesday.

Yunel Escobar singled off David Herndon (0-2) to start the 11th and scored when Diaz ripped a liner to the gap in right-center. Mike Zagurski got the next two outs before Hinske connected.

Diaz finished 3 for 5 with two doubles. He's hitting .333 (23 for 69) with 12 extra-base hits lifetime at Citizens Bank Park.

"It's definitely a fun park to hit in," said Diaz, who had been 1 for 7 since returning from the disabled list last week. "It's one of the top two or three parks to hit in. In fact, it's probably No. 1. The ball carries."

Jesse Chavez (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win. Billy Wagner finished for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which managed just three hits.

The two-time NL champion Phillies fell five games behind the Braves. They will try to win the series when 47-year-old Jamie Moyer goes for his 10th victory on Wednesday night.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out eight. The 2008 World Series MVP is 1-5 in his last eight starts, despite allowing three earned runs or less in seven of them.

"I've had some tough games," Hamels said. "I feel comfortable and excited for the second half."

Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens allowed three runs and just two hits in six-plus innings. Two of the three batters he walked scored.

After the Braves took a 3-2 lead on Martin Prado's solo homer in the seventh, the Phillies answered quickly in the bottom half. Ibanez walked to start the inning. Ryan Howard then hit an opposite-field triple that just eluded left fielder Diaz's leaping attempt. The ball bounced away from Diaz, allowing the slow-footed Howard to reach third standing.

But Howard stayed right there.

Peter Moylan replaced Jurrjens and struck out Jayson Werth looking at five pitches. Jonny Venters entered and retired pinch-hitter Ben Francisco on a shallow fly and Wilson Valdez on a grounder.

"I don't think you can hit if you don't swing," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said, referring to Werth's at-bat. "You got to score there. You have a man on third with nobody out, you have to score period."

Six Braves relievers combined to pitch five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk.

"Our bullpen was fantastic again," manager Bobby Cox said.

Atlanta had runners at first and third in the eighth, but Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero worked out of the jam.

Hamels seemed to get stronger as the game wore on. He struck out the first two batters in the seventh before grooving a 1-2 fastball to Prado. The All-Star second baseman lined it just over the left-field wall to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Hamels then struck out Omar Infante, firing a 96 mph fastball past the All-Star utilityman on his 117th and final pitch of the night.

The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but scored only one run. Troy Glaus grounded into a double play to score Prado.

Ibanez, filling in for the injured Chase Utley as the No. 3 hitter, drove a 1-2 pitch out to deep right for a 2-1 lead in the first.

Notes

  • Phillies C Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will start a rehab assignment on Wednesday.
  • GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies will not call up OF Domonic Brown to be a bench player. "You bring him up when he's ready to be an everyday player," Amaro said. Brown, a top prospect, was only recently promoted to Triple-A.
  • Glaus returned after missing three games with a sore left knee.
  • A crowd of 44,715 was the 79th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
 
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Eric Hinske adds a couple of insurance runs in the 11th with this two-run homer. (US Presswire)
Eric Hinske adds a couple of insurance runs in the 11th with this two-run homer. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Diaz
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B5221110 .332
Omar Infante, RF5020021 .305
Chipper Jones, 3B4010112 .253
Troy Glaus, 1B4010000 .260
    Brandon Hicks, PR0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .254
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    Melky Cabrera, LF0000000 .253
Yunel Escobar, SS5120001 .241
Matt Diaz, LF5231003 .200
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
David Ross, C3011012 .279
   b- Brian McCann, PH-C2000013 .267
Gregor Blanco, CF5000033 .327
Jair Jurrjens, P3000030 .100
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Eric Hinske, 1B2112010 .280
Totals446135213  
a-grounded out for O'Flaherty in the 10th
b-grounded out for Ross in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz 2 (6, Hamels, Herndon)
HR - Martin Prado (8, Hamels), Eric Hinske (6, Zagurski)
RBI - Martin Prado (37), Matt Diaz (6), David Ross (17), Eric Hinske 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (16), David Ross (9), Eric Hinske 2 (14)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar-Glaus
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 6233341 5.40
Peter Moylan 0.1000010 2.97
Jonny Venters 0.2000000 1.38
Takashi Saito 1000000 3.45
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 2.32
Jesse Chavez (W,1-1) 1000100 5.63
Billy Wagner (S,18) 1100010 1.31
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 89-55, Peter Moylan 5-3, Jonny Venters 6-3, Takashi Saito 11-8, Eric O'Flaherty 12-7, Jesse Chavez 13-6, Billy Wagner 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-8, Jonny Venters 1-1, Takashi Saito 1-2, Jesse Chavez 1-2, Billy Wagner 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 22, Peter Moylan 1, Jonny Venters 2, Takashi Saito 3, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jesse Chavez 4, Billy Wagner 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4100100 .247
Shane Victorino, CF5010020 .252
Raul Ibanez, LF4212121 .245
Ryan Howard, 1B4011000 .295
Jayson Werth, RF4000011 .282
Greg Dobbs, 3B1000100 .182
   a- Ben Francisco, PH1000001 .247
    Juan Castro, 3B0000100 .216
Wilson Valdez, 2B4000002 .250
Dane Sardinha, C4000021 .222
Cole Hamels, P2000000 .188
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .239
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
   c- Cody Ransom, PH1000000 .333
Totals3533347  
a-flied out for Dobbs in the 7th
b-flied out for Romero in the 8th
c-grounded out for Zagurski in the 11th
Batting
3B - Ryan Howard (4, Jurrjens)
HR - Raul Ibanez (7, Jurrjens)
RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (39), Ryan Howard (60)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (3, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Ross)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Howard, Rollins-Valdez-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels 7833281 4.05
Jose Contreras 0.2200000 3.16
J.C. Romero 0.1000000 2.12
Brad Lidge 1000020 4.85
David Herndon (L,0-2) 1222000 4.08
Mike Zagurski 1111031 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 117-87, Jose Contreras 11-8, J.C. Romero 6-3, Brad Lidge 12-9, David Herndon 9-7, Mike Zagurski 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 5-6, Jose Contreras 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-0, David Herndon 1-2
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 29, Jose Contreras 4, J.C. Romero 1, Brad Lidge 3, David Herndon 5, Mike Zagurski 4
Game Information
Attendance - 44715
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 99
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds