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PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez took a mighty swing and the sweet sound of the crowd chanting "Rauuuuuuuuuuuuul" let him know where the ball was going.
"It's definitely a good feeling," Ibanez said of his sixth career game-winning homer. "You definitely don't try to do that. You try to look for a pitch to drive and when you do it, there's no better feeling as a player."
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Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tying homer and the Phillies increased their lead to 3½ games over the Braves in the NL East. The victory was manager Charlie Manuel's 600th career win with the team.
Despite heavy rain throughout the day and a delay of 1 hour, 54 minutes at the start, the game was played straight through without any stoppage after the first pitch. The teams were set to start after a 90-minute delay, but the rain began falling harder and umpires instructed the grounds crew to put the tarp back on the field.
"I told them I was leery of starting the game and I didn't want to send my pitcher out there," Manuel said.
Ibanez ripped a 2-0 pitch from Scott Proctor (1-3) out to right to end it after Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer robbed Ryan Howard of extra bases leading off the inning with a diving catch on his drive to left-center.
"A 3-2 game, it might be the same tomorrow and Sunday," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
These teams battled for the NL East title last year, with the Phillies overcoming a seven-game deficit on July 22 to win their fourth consecutive division crown. The Braves were 4½ games up at the All-Star break, and finished six games back, though they earned a wild-card berth.
Fittingly, in a matchup between teams with the two best ERAs in the majors, runs were scarce. Neither starter stuck around for a decision.
Halladay gave up two runs and six hits, striking out seven. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner hasn't lost since the Braves beat him on May 15.
Three Phillies relievers combined for three perfect innings. Michael Stutes pitched the eighth and Antonio Bastardo worked the ninth to run his scoreless innings streak to 16. The hard-throwing lefty has allowed one hit in 42 at-bats in that span.
Juan Perez (1-0) struck out the side on nine pitches in the 10th to earn his first career win.
"I'm excited and pumped up about my first win," Perez said through a translator. "I worked hard to stay sharp mentally and I'm thankful for the opportunity."
Atlanta's Brandon Beachy allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out six. He remained winless in six career starts against Philadelphia.
The injury-riddled Phillies, already missing their three top closers, were without their two All-Star regulars. Third baseman Placido Polanco missed his fourth straight game with a back injury and center fielder Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list earlier in the day because of a sprained thumb.
Philadelphia has relied on its stellar pitching this season and will send two more All-Stars to the mound this weekend. Cliff Lee (9-6) faces Tommy Hanson (10-4) on Saturday and Cole Hamels (10-4) goes against Derek Lowe (5-6) on Sunday.
Ruiz lined a solo homer to left to tie it at 2 in the fourth. The Phillies then put runners on second and third with two outs, but Beachy retired Jimmy Rollins on a fly to right.
Dan Uggla's RBI infield single in the top of the inning put the Braves up 2-1. Brian McCann led off the inning with a single and Chipper Jones followed with a double to right-center. After Freddie Freeman struck out, Uggla hit a grounder down the third-base line. Wilson Valdez gloved it and looked home, but seemed to lose his grip on the ball and Uggla beat the throw to first.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the second on Freeman's RBI single. Jones led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Freeman's liner to center. Freeman moved to second on a wild pitch by Halladay, prompting the All-Star right-hander to toss aside the resin bag and ask for a new one. Halladay retired the next three hitters, striking out two.
The Phillies answered in the bottom half. Ibanez singled to start the inning. He moved to second on a balk and went to third on Ruiz's single. After Domonic Brown struck out, Valdez lined a sacrifice fly to right to tie it at 1.
|Raul Ibanez puts a cap on a long, rain-delayed evening in Philadelphia with this solo shot in the 10th inning. (AP)|
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|Jordan Schafer, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.236|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.231|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.314|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.279|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||3||1||.184|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.229|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.231|
|Brandon Beachy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.261|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wilkin Ramirez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.308|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Beachy in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Sherrill in the 10th|
|2B - Chipper Jones (23, Halladay)|
|3B - Nate McLouth (1, Halladay)|
|RBI - Freddie Freeman (43), Dan Uggla (33)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Scott Proctor (L,1-3)||0.1||1||1||1||0||0||1||4.24|
|HBP - Ruiz (by Brandon Beachy)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 83-55, Eric O'Flaherty 16-11, Jonny Venters 26-16, Scott Linebrink 12-6, George Sherrill 2-2, Scott Proctor 9-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 4-8, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Jonny Venters 2-0, Scott Linebrink 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 27, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jonny Venters 5, Scott Linebrink 3, George Sherrill 1, Scott Proctor 2|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||2||.266|
|John Mayberry Jr., CF||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.230|
|Chase Utley, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.258|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||2||2||1||0||0||1||.239|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||2||1||2||1||1||0||0||.255|
|Domonic Brown, RF||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.246|
|Wilson Valdez, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||4||.234|
|Roy Halladay, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.070|
|Michael Stutes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Antonio Bastardo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Ross Gload, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Juan Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Bastardo in the 9th|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (11, Proctor), Carlos Ruiz (4, Beachy)|
|SF - Wilson Valdez (1)|
|SH - Roy Halladay (9)|
|RBI - Raul Ibanez (41), Carlos Ruiz (19), Wilson Valdez (15)|
|CS - Jimmy Rollins (2, 2nd base by Linebrink/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - Carlos Ruiz (5)|
|Juan Perez (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||0.00|
|WP - Roy Halladay (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 116-78, Michael Stutes 11-7, Antonio Bastardo 8-7, Juan Perez 9-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-7, Michael Stutes 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 27, Michael Stutes 3, Antonio Bastardo 3, Juan Perez 3|
|Attendance - 45403|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|