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Chipper hits walk-off homer as Braves overcome Ruiz's 7 RBI, Phillies

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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones' bad left knee has limited his playing time at the start of his final season, so he says it's important to make the most of his chances.

"When I am in there, I want to make a splash," Jones said. "I did it tonight."

Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves overcame Carlos Ruiz's seven RBI to outlast the Philadelphia Phillies 15-13 on Wednesday night.

The seesaw game saw the Braves rally from a 6-0 deficit against Roy Halladay, then come back from four runs down in the eighth.

"It was just a weird game all the way around," said Brian McCann, who hit a grand slam off Halladay. "Stuff you've never seen happen."

Befitting the crazy game, McCann was poked in the eye with an errant high-five from teammate Michael Bourn after the homer.

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Dan Uggla led off the Atlanta 11th with a single. Jones just missed a homer on a ball that landed barely foul to right, then connected against Brian Sanches (0-1). He began his path around the bases with a slow journey to first base as he and his teammates savored the dramatic moment and Braves fans stood and cheered.

"What a cool moment that was, not only for Chipper, but for the rest of us out there to enjoy that, to watch that," McCann said. "To see him walk down the first base line like that, that's a treat for all of us."

Jones' homer ended the Braves' eight-game losing streak to the Phillies, dating back to last season. He said the homer will hold a special place on his career highlights.

"That's right up there just because the team that we're kind of shooting for in the division obviously is the Phillies," said Jones, who turned 40 on April 24. "Until somebody knocks them off, they're the team to beat."

Jones is third all-time among switch-hitters with 458 homers, trailing only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray. Including his time in the minor leagues, Jones said it was his 500th homer as a professional.

"I'm not going to get there at the major league level, but to hit 500 homers as a professional is pretty cool," he said.

It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game in the majors since Cleveland beat Kansas City 15-13 in 10 innings in 2006, according to STATS LLC.

Ruiz had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double in the eighth. He was the first Phillies hitter to drive in seven runs since Ryan Howard against the Yankees on June 20, 2006.

"He's been awesome for us," said Halladay of Ruiz. "I think that's what hurts most. When you have games like this, your teammates are out there grinding and getting it done and I didn't. And that was the difference, really.

"That's the toughest one, letting those guys down who really got it done today."

Halladay had his worst start in five years. He gave up 12 hits -- one below his career high -- and eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"Honestly, I felt good," Halladay said after seeing his ERA climb from 1.95 to 3.40. "There were some that I didn't execute. It wasn't anything else."

Laynce Nix also hit a three-run double for the Phillies.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn't hold a 13-12 lead in the ninth. Shane Victorino's two-out infield hit drove in Juan Pierre, who walked and stole second and took third on a grounder.

Halladay was tagged by McCann's fifth career slam in the fifth. The former Cy Young winner had not allowed as many earned runs since May 5, 2007, when he gave up nine runs in 5 1-3 innings at Texas.

Martin Prado had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the Atlanta eighth.

Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty blew an 8-6 lead before recording an out in the seventh. Ty Wigginton walked, pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. singled and Ruiz followed with his fourth homer to left for a 9-8 edge.

Atlanta's Tommy Hanson gave up eight hits and four runs in 3 2-3 innings. It was his shortest start since he pitched 3 1-3 innings against the Mets on Aug. 6, 2011, in his last outing before he was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season with right shoulder tendinitis.

Notes

  • Phillies LHP Cliff Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, threw in the bullpen before the game. If he has no discomfort, he plans another bullpen session on Saturday. If all goes well on Saturday, Lee is expected to come off the disabled list.
  • Atlanta's Jason Heyward missed his third straight start with soreness around his right oblique muscle before entering the game as a pinch-hitter and remaining in right field.
  • The Phillies placed 1B Jim Thome on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his lower back and recalled C Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The move was made retroactive to Sunday.
  • The three-game series ends on Thursday when Braves RHP Randall Delgado (2-2) starts against RHP Joe Blanton (2-3).
 
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The Braves mob Chipper Jones after he ends the highest-scoring extra-inning game since 2006.  (US Presswire)
The Braves mob Chipper Jones after he ends the highest-scoring extra-inning game since 2006. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

C. Ruiz
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 7
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS7110012 .240
Placido Polanco, 3B6130001 .268
Shane Victorino, CF6132011 .245
Hunter Pence, RF5210114 .260
Ty Wigginton, 1B4320213 .328
Laynce Nix, LF3023001 .314
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH-LF2210110 .226
Carlos Ruiz, C5237001 .329
Freddy Galvis, 2B6011024 .192
Roy Halladay, P3000011 .188
    Joe Savery, P0000000 .000
   b- Erik Kratz, PH1000000 .000
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
   c- Juan Pierre, PH0100100 .313
    Brian Sanches, P1000010 .000
Totals4913171359  
a-singled for Nix in the 7th
b-grounded out for Savery in the 7th
c-walked for Schwimer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Laynce Nix (6, Hanson), Carlos Ruiz 2 (6, Cr. Martinez, Medlen), Freddy Galvis (5, Cr. Martinez)
HR - Carlos Ruiz (4, O'Flaherty)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (10), Laynce Nix 3 (9), Carlos Ruiz 7 (17), Freddy Galvis (6)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (2), Laynce Nix 3 (6), Carlos Ruiz 3 (6)
SB - Shane Victorino (8, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Juan Pierre (4, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wigginton-Rollins-Halladay, Ruiz-Rollins
E - Jimmy Rollins (2, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay 5.11288051 3.40
Joe Savery 0.2000010 1.42
Antonio Bastardo (H,3) 1000000 3.38
Jose Contreras 0.1243110 13.50
Michael Schwimer (BS,1) 0.2111100 9.00
Brian Sanches (L,0-1) 2422121 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 93-69, Joe Savery 6-4, Antonio Bastardo 11-8, Jose Contreras 21-11, Michael Schwimer 15-6, Brian Sanches 41-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 7-3, Jose Contreras 1-0, Brian Sanches 1-3
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 27, Joe Savery 1, Antonio Bastardo 3, Jose Contreras 5, Michael Schwimer 4, Brian Sanches 11
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5212114 .324
Martin Prado, LF6133000 .284
Freddie Freeman, 1B5011013 .278
Brian McCann, C6124002 .241
Dan Uggla, 2B6220031 .274
Chipper Jones, 3B6332000 .273
Eric Hinske, RF3220000 .370
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Kris Medlen, P00000001.000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000012 .250
    Jack Wilson, SS1010000 .138
Tyler Pastornicky, SS4331010 .279
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
   b- David Ross, PH1000012 .313
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
Tommy Hanson, P1000010 .111
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
   c- Juan Francisco, PH1000003 .225
    Livan Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   d- Jason Heyward, PH-RF1112200 .282
Totals4715191539  
a-struck out for Medlen in the 8th
b-struck out for Kimbrel in the 9th
c-popped out for Cr. Martinez in the 5th
d-singled for Hernandez in the 6th
Batting
2B - Tyler Pastornicky (4, Halladay)
HR - Brian McCann (5, Halladay), Chipper Jones (4, Sanches)
SF - Freddie Freeman (4)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (6), Martin Prado 3 (16), Freddie Freeman (19), Brian McCann 4 (14), Chipper Jones 2 (14), Tyler Pastornicky (7), Jason Heyward 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 4 (7)
CS - Jason Heyward (1, 2nd base by Savery/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pastornicky-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson 3.2844230 3.74
Cristhian Martinez 1.1322000 3.97
Livan Hernandez 1000000 3.24
Eric O'Flaherty (BS,2) 1233111 7.56
Kris Medlen 1333100 3.00
Craig Kimbrel (BS,1) 1111120 2.70
Jonny Venters 1000020 1.74
Chad Durbin (W,1-0) 1000010 8.00
HBP - Ruiz (by Tommy Hanson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 95-56, Cristhian Martinez 19-17, Livan Hernandez 7-4, Eric O'Flaherty 23-14, Kris Medlen 21-11, Craig Kimbrel 20-12, Jonny Venters 15-10, Chad Durbin 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 2-5, Cristhian Martinez 3-1, Livan Hernandez 2-1, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Kris Medlen 2-1, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Jonny Venters 1-0, Chad Durbin 2-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 21, Cristhian Martinez 7, Livan Hernandez 3, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Kris Medlen 7, Craig Kimbrel 5, Jonny Venters 3, Chad Durbin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26504
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike Estabrook