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Braves lose, unable to improve wild-card chances

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- The stage is set for the Braves to honor Bobby Cox.

Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies took the first bow.

Rollins' grand slam capped a five-run sixth inning and Philadelphia beat Atlanta 11-5 on Friday night to keep Cox and the Braves from moving closer to a wild-card berth.

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The Phillies showed why they have the best record in the majors and are set to make a run at a third straight World Series appearance. With Rollins back in the lineup, the NL East champions had 13 hits and looked ready for the postseason.

"Things are working out pretty well," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It never hurts to win."

Atlanta's edge in the wild-card race was trimmed to one game over San Diego when the Padres beat NL West-leading San Francisco 6-4.

The loss left the Braves feeling the pressure.

"It's do or die, really," Eric Hinske said.

Rollins made his third start at shortstop since returning from a tight right hamstring.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "My leg, I can push it if I have to. Defensively, I feel good.

"In a couple of days, the real fun starts," he added. "We want to go into the postseason with confidence."

Ryan Howard had two hits, including a two-run single in a four-run eighth. Carlos Ruiz had three hits.

Rollins said Manuel won't let the Phillies relax in their final regular-season series.

"You play baseball to win," Rollins said. "Charlie's not going to let anybody be complacent."

Manuel said he "definitely might" stick with his regular lineup the next two games.

"That does not mean they will play the whole game," he said.

Atlanta has a tribute planned for Cox on Saturday. The Braves are trying to send their longtime manager into retirement with one final postseason appearance.

Some of Cox's former players, including Andres Galarraga and Gerald Perry, arrived on Friday. A huge No. 6 -- Cox's uniform number -- was cut in the center-field grass.

Cox said before the game he could fully enjoy the tribute if the wild-card spot was secure. He won't have that luxury.

"We need to win tomorrow," Cox said.

Trailing 11-2, the Braves tried to rally against left-hander Mike Zagurski in the ninth. Derrek Lee, who had three hits and five RBIs, hit a three-run double to knock Zagurski out of the game.

Right-hander David Herndon walked Melky Cabrera before Matt Diaz grounded out to end it.

Kyle Kendrick (11-10) gave up five hits and two runs in five innings.

"We're division rivals," Kendrick said. "We want to beat these guys and make it tough on them."

Braves rookie Brandon Beachy (0-2) allowed seven hits and four runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings in his first home start.

The Braves, who lost three straight games at Philadelphia from Sept. 20-22, took the lopsided loss before a sellout crowd of 51,139.

Atlanta relievers Peter Moylan and Mike Minor issued bases-loaded walks in the sixth and eighth, respectively. The Braves also were hurt by third baseman Brooks Conrad's throwing error with two outs in the sixth.

Conrad made a wild throw to second base after fielding a grounder by Ruiz, leaving the bases loaded. Cox said Conrad's throw should have been to first base, and second baseman Omar Infante was not in position to take the throw.

"Right now I feel terrible," Conrad said. "I didn't make the play. I should have gone to first."

Moylan's walk to pinch-hitter Domonic Brown forced in a run before Rollins hit his third career slam and first of the season.

Raul Ibanez and Ruiz had run-scoring singles off Beachy in the fourth.

Cristhian Martinez gave up three hits and four runs in the eighth. Ben Francisco had a run-scoring single and Chase Utley's bases-loaded walk forced in a run before Howard's two-run single.

Manuel said Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt will start the first two games of the division series. The manager did not announce his Game 3 starter. The likely choice is Cole Hamels, who will start the final regular-season game against the Braves on Sunday.

Notes

  • Braves president John Schuerholz celebrated his 70th birthday.
  • Cox said RHP Jair Jurrjens, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 14 because of an injured right knee, "threw good" in the bullpen but "felt it every now and then."
  • Phillies OF Shane Victorino is expected to return Saturday after his wife gave birth to a boy on Thursday.
  • 3B Placido Polanco returned to the team after having a cortisone shot in his left elbow Wednesday in Philadelphia.
 
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Jimmy Rollins caps a five-run spurt in the sixth inning with this grand slam home run (8). (AP)
Jimmy Rollins caps a five-run spurt in the sixth inning with this grand slam home run (8). (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

J. Rollins
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Atlanta

D. Lee
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4114001 .242
    Wilson Valdez, SS-2B0100100 .255
Ben Francisco, RF5111011 .269
Chase Utley, 2B4001100 .276
    Brian Bocock, SS0000000 .000
Ryan Howard, 1B5122010 .279
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Mike Zagurski, P0000000 .000
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, CF3120010 .296
    John Mayberry Jr., PR-CF2100012 .273
Raul Ibanez, LF4121100 .276
Greg Dobbs, 3B5120035 .200
Carlos Ruiz, C5231011 .302
Kyle Kendrick, P2000013 .098
   a- Domonic Brown, PH0101100 .217
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH-1B2000023 .276
Totals41111311411  
a-walked for Kendrick in the 6th
b-struck out for Durbin in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (46, Beachy), Greg Dobbs (7, Minor), Carlos Ruiz (28, Beachy)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (8, Dunn)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 4 (41), Ben Francisco (26), Chase Utley (64), Ryan Howard 2 (108), Raul Ibanez (81), Carlos Ruiz (53), Domonic Brown (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 4 (26), Ben Francisco (9), Chase Utley (26), Ryan Howard 2 (43), Carlos Ruiz (19), Domonic Brown (6)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Kendrick (W,11-10) 5522320 4.73
Antonio Bastardo 1200030 4.58
J.C. Romero 0.2000000 3.50
Chad Durbin 0.1000000 3.88
Jose Contreras 1000000 3.40
Mike Zagurski 0.2333110 10.80
David Herndon 0.1000100 4.30
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 95-52, Antonio Bastardo 21-14, J.C. Romero 8-4, Chad Durbin 7-4, Jose Contreras 6-4, Mike Zagurski 33-19, David Herndon 10-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 5-8, J.C. Romero 1-1, Chad Durbin 1-0, Jose Contreras 2-1, David Herndon 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 23, Antonio Bastardo 5, J.C. Romero 2, Chad Durbin 1, Jose Contreras 3, Mike Zagurski 6, David Herndon 2
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4000014 .320
Jason Heyward, RF4100113 .275
Brian McCann, C3010101 .272
    J.C. Boscan, C0100100 .000
Derrek Lee, 1B5035001 .259
Melky Cabrera, LF-CF4000103 .255
Nate McLouth, CF2010000 .192
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF3010002 .241
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000022 .252
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .258
    Diory Hernandez, SS0000000 .111
Brooks Conrad, 3B4120012 .248
Brandon Beachy, P1100111 .200
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   c- Troy Glaus, PH1010000 .240
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Mike Minor, P0000000 .000
   d- Freddie Freeman, PH1110000 .174
Totals36510556  
a-singled for McLouth in the 6th
b-grounded out for A. Gonzalez in the 8th
c-singled for Dunn in the 6th
d-singled for Minor in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee 2 (34, Kendrick, Zagurski)
SH - Omar Infante (4)
RBI - Derrek Lee 5 (79)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 5 (34)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Brooks Conrad (6, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy (L,0-2) 5.2742150 3.00
Peter Moylan0020100 2.97
Mike Dunn 0.1111011 1.47
Kyle Farnsworth 1000020 3.36
Cristhian Martinez 0.2344110 4.85
Mike Minor 1.1200120 5.98
IBB - Ibanez by Brandon Beachy
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 101-64, Peter Moylan 8-4, Mike Dunn 6-4, Kyle Farnsworth 14-9, Cristhian Martinez 21-14, Mike Minor 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 6-6, Peter Moylan 1-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-0, Mike Minor 1-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 25, Peter Moylan 2, Mike Dunn 2, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Cristhian Martinez 6, Mike Minor 7
Game Information
Attendance - 51139
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins