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Oswalt and a pair of relievers combined on a one-hitter and the NL East-leading Phillies beat Atlanta 1-0 Wednesday night for their 10th straight win, increasing their bulge over the Braves to six games.
Raul Ibanez hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning for the only run, helping the two-time NL champions reduce their magic number for clinching their fourth straight division title to four. It was the Phillies' first home sweep over the Braves since 2001.
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"I think the faster we get it done, the better off we'll be," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Oswalt allowed just one hit -- a clean double by Martin Prado in the fourth -- and one walk in seven scoreless innings.
Atlanta holds a 1/2-game lead in the wild card over the San Francisco Giants.
While the Braves used two rookies - Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy, who made his major league debut on Monday -- to start the first two games of a crucial series, the Phillies adjusted their rotation so their three aces would pitch.
"I didn't want them to do something I couldn't do," Oswalt said. "I'm trying to push them as much as possible and they're doing that off me. Anytime you feed off each other, it helps down the stretch."
Ryan Madson (6-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Brad Lidge finished for his 26th save in 31 chances, earning a save in each game of this series. He retired Prado on a shallow fly to right to leave the tying run at second.
Ibanez then hit an opposite-field drive that sliced into the left-field corner. Left fielder Nate McLouth overthrew the relay man and Werth slid home safely for a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia won with only four hits.
The Phillies are 44-15 since July 21, when they trailed the Braves by seven games. They are 18-3 in September.
A crowd of 45,310 was the 120th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park. Fans waved their white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" rally towels, and chanted "Sweep! Sweep!" They had to leave their brooms in the parking lot because those aren't allowed in the stadium.
Braves starter Tommy Hanson tossed six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks.
Hanson didn't allow a hit until one out in the fifth when Carlos Ruiz lined a double that McLouth slid past. Hanson struck out Shane Victorino looking at a fastball down the middle to end the inning and strand runners at second and third.
"Oswalt was as good as you can pitch and Hanson was the same," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Hanson was dominating. He's had no luck. We can't score runs for him."
Oswalt is 7-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts since joining the Phillies. They're 10-1 in those games. He retired the first 11 batters before Prado lined a double in the fourth.
"He threw the ball as good or better," Hanson said. "That's the way it goes."
Since acquiring Oswalt from the Houston Astros on July 29, the Phillies are 37-15. Oswalt, Hamels and Halladay are 19-6 in 30 starts in that span. The Phillies are 23-7 in those games.
|Brad Lidge closes out the game for his 26th save and preserves a shutout and series sweep for the NL East-leading Phillies. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.330|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.285|
|Martin Prado, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.307|
|Brian McCann, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.273|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.257|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.184|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.230|
|Tommy Hanson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.103|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Freddie Freeman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|a-flied out for Venters in the 9th|
|2B - Martin Prado (40, Oswalt)|
|SB - Jason Heyward (10, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - A. Gonzalez-Prado-Lee|
|E - Brian McCann (13, Throwing)|
|Jonny Venters (L,4-3)||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||1.83|
|HBP - Utley (by Tommy Hanson), Utley (by Jonny Venters), Ruiz (by Jonny Venters)|
|WP - Craig Kimbrel (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 106-65, Peter Moylan 5-3, Craig Kimbrel 14-6, Jonny Venters 13-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 9-5, Peter Moylan 1-0, Jonny Venters 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Peter Moylan 2, Craig Kimbrel 3, Jonny Venters 6|
|Shane Victorino, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.262|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Chase Utley, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.279|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.278|
|Jayson Werth, RF||1||1||0||0||3||1||1||.293|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.274|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||2||0||0||0||1||.299|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.256|
|Roy Oswalt, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.145|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.190|
|Ryan Madson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brad Lidge, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Oswalt in the 7th|
|2B - Raul Ibanez (35, Venters), Carlos Ruiz (25, Hanson)|
|SH - Wilson Valdez (7), Roy Oswalt (11)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez (79)|
|2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (27)|
|SB - Chase Utley (11, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Jayson Werth (12, 3rd base off Hanson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Ryan Madson (W,6-2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.32|
|Brad Lidge (S,26)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.16|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Oswalt 99-69, Ryan Madson 11-7, Brad Lidge 19-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Oswalt 8-5, Ryan Madson 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Roy Oswalt 23, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 4|
|Attendance - 45310|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|