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Howard homers, Phillies take down Braves

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ATLANTA -- A trio of 25-and-under relief pitchers came through in the late innings for Charlie Manuel and the Phillies.

Raul Ibanez snapped a tie with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning, Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Friday.

The big hit by Ibanez followed a strong seventh inning by relievers Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo (2-0) after the Braves loaded the bases against J.C. Romero.

The 24-year-old Stutes struck out Dan Uggla before Bastardo, 25, struck out Freddie Freeman to end the inning.

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"I think I put them in the fire, didn't I?" Manuel asked.

Another young reliever, 23-year-old Vance Worley, pitched a scoreless eighth before veteran Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

"It's neat how it worked out, all of us have come together," said Stutes, 24. "I think it's helped us all grow up."

Uggla gave Stutes and the Phillies a scare when he hit a long fly ball foul before striking out.

"[Stutes] stayed with it and came right back," Manuel said. "That was good."

With pinch-runner Jason Heyward on second base in the ninth, Madson struck out Uggla to end the game.

Howard led off the eighth with a double to right. With one out, Ibanez singled to right. Joe Mather's throw beat Howard to the plate but short-hopped catcher Brian McCann, who couldn't hold on as Howard scored the go-ahead run.

Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez retired all 12 batters he faced and had a two-run double. He took over for Brandon Beachy, who left with a left oblique injury after two innings.

"It's a classic oblique, and that's not good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Beachy said was injured when he struck out swinging in the bottom of the second inning. He was pulled during his warmup tosses before the third.

Howard's three-run homer in the first drove in Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco, who had singles.

Martinez had four strikeouts. He delivered the surprise of the night when he drove in two runs with a double off Cole Hamels in the fifth for the first hit and RBI of his career. The double, which drove in Alex Gonzalez and Mather, tied the game at 3.

"He tomahawked a high fastball," Manuel said. "That was actually a pretty good piece of hitting."

With two outs in the sixth, Gonzalez singled and moved to third on Mather's double. With pinch-hitter Diory Hernandez at the plate, Hamels threw a wild pitch, allowing Gonzalez to score for a 4-3 lead.

The Phillies pulled even in the seventh when Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out double off Eric O'Flaherty (1-2) and scored on Victorino's single.

O'Flaherty and McCann began to leave the field on what they believed was a called third strike on Victorino, but umpire David Rackley called the pitch a ball. Victorino then tied it with his single to center, leaving McCann complaining to the umpire.

Chipper Jones had a run-scoring single in the first to drive in Martin Prado, who had three hits. Gonzalez also had three hits for Atlanta.

Notes

  • Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell returned from his two-week suspension for making homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans in San Francisco.
  • Victorino has a 15-game hitting streak.
  • Martinez was 0 for 8 in his career at the plate before his double.
  • Prado was thrown out trying to steal second to end the third inning. The Braves are last in the major leagues with only six stolen bases -- on 18 attempts. Prado has been caught on four of his five attempts.
  • LHP Mike Minor and RHP Rodrigo Lopez are the top candidates to be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett if Beachy is placed on the disabled list, as expected.
  • Heyward missed his third straight with inflammation in his right shoulder, but he entered the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth.
 
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Ryan Howard slides in safely when catcher Brian McCann is unable to collect a short-hop throw to the plate. (US Presswire)
Ryan Howard slides in safely when catcher Brian McCann is unable to collect a short-hop throw to the plate. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110000 .280
Shane Victorino, CF5121000 .289
Placido Polanco, 3B4120001 .354
Ryan Howard, 1B4223011 .275
Ben Francisco, RF4010021 .230
Raul Ibanez, LF4021010 .240
Pete Orr, 2B3000010 .250
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH1000001 .293
    Vance Worley, P0000000 .400
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C3000111 .215
Cole Hamels, P2000013 .263
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .320
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Wilson Valdez, 2B1000000 .235
Totals37510517  
a-popped out for Orr in the 8th
b-flied out for Hamels in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (6, Gearrin), Ryan Howard (9, O'Flaherty)
HR - Ryan Howard (9, Beachy)
RBI - Shane Victorino (19), Ryan Howard 3 (35), Raul Ibanez (16)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Ruiz-Orr, Orr-Rollins-Howard
PB - Carlos Ruiz (2)
E - Cole Hamels (1, Throwing), Placido Polanco (3, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels 6844170 3.19
J.C. Romero 0.1100200 2.00
Michael Stutes 0.1000010 3.60
Antonio Bastardo (W,2-0) 0.1000010 1.35
Vance Worley (H,2) 1100010 1.13
Ryan Madson (S,6) 1000110 0.56
IBB - Jones by Cole Hamels, Jones by J.C. Romero
WP - Cole Hamels (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 99-66, J.C. Romero 13-3, Michael Stutes 5-3, Antonio Bastardo 6-3, Vance Worley 8-7, Ryan Madson 16-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 9-2, J.C. Romero 1-0, Vance Worley 2-0, Ryan Madson 2-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 27, J.C. Romero 4, Michael Stutes 1, Antonio Bastardo 1, Vance Worley 4, Ryan Madson 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, LF5130001 .291
Nate McLouth, CF2000011 .261
Chipper Jones, 3B2011311 .275
Brian McCann, C4000102 .300
    Jason Heyward, PR0000000 .220
Dan Uggla, 2B5000036 .199
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000035 .220
Alex Gonzalez, SS4230010 .264
Joe Mather, RF3120000 .267
Brandon Beachy, P1000010 .000
    Cristhian Martinez, P1012000 .333
   a- Diory Hernandez, PH1000001 .200
    Cory Gearrin, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH1000011 .319
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals334103411  
a-grounded out for Cr. Martinez in the 6th
b-struck out for O'Flaherty in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (11, Romero), Joe Mather 2 (3, Hamels, Hamels), Cristhian Martinez (1, Hamels)
SH - Nate McLouth 3 (6), Joe Mather (2)
RBI - Chipper Jones (27), Cristhian Martinez 2 (2)
CS - Martin Prado (4, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 10
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 2633111 3.45
Cristhian Martinez 4000040 3.00
Cory Gearrin (H,2) 0.2111000 3.48
Eric O'Flaherty (BS,1; L,1-2) 1.1311020 1.29
Scott Linebrink 1000000 6.92
IBB - Ruiz by Brandon Beachy
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 55-33, Cristhian Martinez 52-30, Cory Gearrin 13-6, Eric O'Flaherty 32-20, Scott Linebrink 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 2-3, Cristhian Martinez 5-3, Cory Gearrin 1-1, Scott Linebrink 3-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 13, Cristhian Martinez 12, Cory Gearrin 3, Eric O'Flaherty 7, Scott Linebrink 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36168
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling