Philadelphia at Atlanta

W: R. Oswalt (2-0) L: B. Beachy (0-1)
HR: PHI - B. Schneider (1),C. Ruiz (1)   ATL - None

Ruiz hits pinch-hit grand slam as Phils roll Braves wire reports

ATLANTA -- Scott Linebrink threw one fastball past Carlos Ruiz.

Ruiz was ready when the next pitch came in the same location.

Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, and Roy Oswalt earned his first victory over Atlanta as the Phillies rolled to a 10-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

With Brian Schneider starting behind the plate, Ruiz sat out the first six innings. He still set his career high for RBI with his slam in the seventh and run-scoring double in the eighth.

Ruiz hit the homer on an 0-2 pitch from Linebrink.

"I told myself, 'Just use your hands,' and it was right there, the same pitch," Ruiz said.

Ruiz drove in another run with the double off Cristhian Martinez in the eighth.

Five RBI on only two at-bats?

"I'll take it," Ruiz said.

Oswalt (2-0) gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. The Braves were the only National League team Oswalt had not beaten in the regular season.

With temperatures in the 80s, Oswalt wore down in a long sixth inning but said he enjoyed the heat and humidity.

"With heat, you get humidity," he said. "You can feel the ball better. You can spin the ball better."

Oswalt said he was impressed with Atlanta's lineup, which has added second baseman Dan Uggla and rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman.

"It's a good lineup, a real good lineup," Oswalt said. "This is a lineup that can beat you all the way down."

Oswalt and three relievers combined to allow only six hits.

"We'll take our butt-kicking today and go out and try to win the series tomorrow," said Atlanta's Chipper Jones.

Schneider gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with his two-run homer off Brandon Beachy (0-1) in the fourth. The Phillies had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.

"We were swinging good today," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "The catchers were swinging good."

Ruiz's first career pinch-hit homer drove in Raul Ibanez, who doubled to knock Beachy out of the game, John Mayberry and Wilson Valdez.

Mayberry had a pinch-hit single off George Sherrill, who then walked Valdez.

"That seventh kind of didn't go the way we planned," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Shane Victorino, who had four hits, singled off Martinez in the eighth to drive in Ruiz.

Beachy is still looking for his first win after giving up seven hits and four runs in six-plus innings. The rookie right-hander has made five career starts, including three against the Phillies.

Victorino doubled to right to lead off the game and scored on Ben Francisco's two-out single. Beachy issued an intentional walk to Ryan Howard to face Francisco.

The Braves scored two in the third. Alex Gonzalez doubled to right and scored on Freddie Freeman's single. Beachy pushed Freeman to second with a sacrifice. Martin Prado followed with a single to right that Francisco bobbled for an error, allowing Freeman to score.

Atlanta's 2-1 lead didn't last an inning. With two outs in the fourth, Ibanez walked, and Schneider followed with the homer about 10 rows deep in the right-field stands.

Oswalt pitched out of a jam after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. Oswalt gave up a single to Jones before walking Brian McCann and Uggla. Jason Heyward's broken-bat pop-up to third baseman Placido Polanco ended the inning.

Oswalt was 0-3 with a 6.21 ERA against Atlanta in nine games, including eight starts, with Houston and Philadelphia before Saturday. David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings behind him.

Ruiz drove in four runs three times, most recently on Sept. 13, 2010 at Florida.


  • The double by Gonzalez in the third inning was the 300th of his career. He added another double high off the left-field wall in the fifth.
  • Oswalt singled to right field in the fifth and was thrown out by Heyward trying to advance to second base.
  • Manny Ramirez's retirement leaves Jones as the active leader with 207 game-winning RBI.
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Carlos Ruiz connects on a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning to help the Phillies bury the Braves. (AP)
Carlos Ruiz connects on a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning to help the Phillies bury the Braves. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Ruiz
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1

R. Oswalt
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 2

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Placido Polanco, 3B5000014 .353
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020013 .333
Ryan Howard, 1B4011102 .406
Ben Francisco, RF5011013 .333
Raul Ibanez, LF4210123 .258
Brian Schneider, C2112000 .167
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    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael Martinez, PH1110000 .400
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
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Roy Oswalt, P2010000 .250
   c- Carlos Ruiz, PH-C2225000 .304
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HR - Brian Schneider (1, Beachy), Carlos Ruiz (1, Linebrink)
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2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (3), Ryan Howard (2), Ben Francisco (4), Brian Schneider 2 (2), Carlos Ruiz (1)
SB - Shane Victorino (2, 2nd base off Linebrink/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Rollins-Howard
E - Ben Francisco (2, Misplayed grounder)
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Nate McLouth, CF4000001 .219
Chipper Jones, 3B4010000 .333
Brian McCann, C2000100 .406
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Freddie Freeman, 1B3111001 .172
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SH - Brandon Beachy (1)
RBI - Freddie Freeman (2)
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Scott Linebrink 1322021 6.75
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Game Information
Attendance - 36256
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson