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Ibanez's walk-off shot in 10th sends Phils past Braves

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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.

Ibanez hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

"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.

Notes

  • Manuel is the third Phillies manager to reach 600 wins, joining Gene Mauch and Harry Wright.
  • Freeman has a six-game hitting streak, going 9 for 21 in that span.
  • Philadelphia's Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-inning single.
  • The Phillies have won Halladay's last 10 starts.
  • Jones is 7 for 12 with two homers against Halladay.
  • A crowd of 45,403 was the 183rd straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play.
  • The Braves and Phillies are the only two teams in the majors who haven't been swept in a series of three or more games this season.
  • The last Phillies pitcher to strike out the side on nine pitches was Andy Ashby on June 15, 1991.
 
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Raul Ibanez puts a cap on a long, rain-delayed evening in Philadelphia with this solo shot in the 10th inning.  (AP)
Raul Ibanez puts a cap on a long, rain-delayed evening in Philadelphia with this solo shot in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Ibanez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4000000 .236
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000030 .231
Brian McCann, C4110000 .314
Chipper Jones, 3B4120000 .259
Freddie Freeman, 1B4011012 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B4011031 .184
Jason Heyward, RF4000012 .229
Nate McLouth, LF4010023 .231
Brandon Beachy, P2000010 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000001 .261
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
   b- Wilkin Ramirez, PH1000010 .308
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
Totals36262012  
a-flied out for Beachy in the 7th
b-struck out for Sherrill in the 10th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (23, Halladay)
3B - Nate McLouth (1, Halladay)
RBI - Freddie Freeman (43), Dan Uggla (33)
Team LOB - 4
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Beachy 6822061 3.21
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 1.10
Jonny Venters 1100110 1.49
Scott Linebrink 0.2100100 3.28
George Sherrill 0.1000000 2.31
Scott Proctor (L,1-3) 0.1111001 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
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020002 .266
John Mayberry Jr., CF4000121 .230
Chase Utley, 2B5010012 .284
Ryan Howard, 1B5010012 .258
Raul Ibanez, LF5221001 .239
Carlos Ruiz, C2121100 .255
Domonic Brown, RF4020012 .246
Wilson Valdez, 3B3011014 .234
Roy Halladay, P2000024 .070
    Michael Stutes, P0000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .283
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
Totals36311328  
a-grounded out for Bastardo in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
PB - Carlos Ruiz (5)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay 7622070 2.45
Michael Stutes 1000010 2.45
Antonio Bastardo 1000010 0.84
Juan Perez (W,1-0) 1000030 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
Game Information
Attendance - 45403
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski