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McCann homers; Braves edge Phils

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brian McCann finally gets to experience the break part of the All-Star break.

Too bad for McCann it's time to rest right when his bat finally got hot.

McCann homered for the third straight game in the series and Dan Uggla hit a two-run shot to lead the Atlanta Braves to a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-3 win on Sunday.

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McCann hit a grand slam on Friday, a solo shot on Saturday, then hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning off Raul Valdes (2-2). McCann has homered in four straight games overall and has helped Atlanta head into the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

McCann is staying home this year after the six-time NL All-Star catcher failed to make the team for the first time in a full season in his career.

"I'm in a place I haven't been in a while," he said. "It's weird not going. Now, it's four days to get your body rested."

McCann's two-run homer against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday to snap a 58 at-bat streak without going deep was a preview for his Philadelphia power show. His 13th homer off the season on a straightaway solo shot made it 4-3 and made a winner out of starter Jair Jurrjens (3-2). Jurrjens allowed six hits, three runs and struck out four over seven innings to win his second straight start. He's 5-1 against the Phillies over his last eight starts.

Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth for his 25th save.

The Phillies may need more than four days to recover from a dreadful first half.

The five-time NL East champion Phillies are staggering heading into the break. They have lost 10 of 11 games and are 13 games under .500 (37-50). The Phillies lost 60 games all of last season.

Jason Pridie homered, doubled and had three RBIs as a last-minute replacement for Shane Victorino. Victorino was scratched after the badly slumping outfielder was scheduled to hit seventh. Manager Charlie Manuel said he made the call because Victorino was "down" about his recent slump.

"He's got a lot on his mind, I guess," Manuel said.

Jurrjens allowed a two-run homer to Pridie in the second inning. Victorino was slated to start in center before manager Charlie Manuel changed his mind. Victorino has been the subject of trade rumors for the freefalling Phillies and was batting only .245.

Uggla tied the game in the fourth when he snapped an 0 for 20 skid with a two-run homer, his 12th, to center.

Pridie delivered again when he his shot one-hopped the scoreboard in right for a run-scoring double - his first since Sept. 28, 2011 - to make it 3-2. Pridie, called up when the Phillies traded Jim Thome to Baltimore, served a 50-game suspension this season for violating baseball's drug policy.

He made Manuel look like a genius for the lineup switch.

But again, not even an unexpected dose of offense could snap the Phillies out of their skid. The recent returns of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard failed to make a difference for the last-place team. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay will throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Clearwater and, if all goes well, could make a rehab start there on Thursday. He needs to be healthy and effective in a hurry if the Phillies have any chance at making a run toward a sixth straight playoff appearance in the second half.

"I believe we can [make the playoffs] because I'll always believe," Manuel said.

The Phillies also need to shore up a bullpen that has failed them time and again. This time, it was Valdes who blew it in the seventh when he allowed McCann's winner to the disgust of a fed-up and sold-out crowd.

Vance Worley allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings for the Phillies.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was too early to count out the Phillies.

"I'm surprised, but I'm scared," he said. "That's a good club over there with Utley and Howard back. There's a long season left."

The Braves hope the All-Star break will give shortstop Andrelton Simmons some time to heal after he left with a fractured pinky finger on his right hand on a headfirst slide into first. Simmons entered batting .292 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He was named NL rookie of the month for June.

"Sometimes, you have to take risks," he said.

With Simmons hurt, the Braves turned to pinch hitter Eric Hinske in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. Worley struck him out looking with a 91 mph fastball to end the threat.

Hinske, of course, was with Tampa Bay when he famously swing over Brad Lidge's slider to end Game 5 when Philadelphia won the 2008 World Series.

The only arms raised in triumph Sunday came from Jurrjens in the fifth inning after right fielder Jason Heyward made a backhanded diving catch along the right field line to rob Juan Pierre of an extra-base hit.

Jurrjens and other Braves waited near the dugout at the end of the inning to congratulate Heyward.

Notes

  • The Philles are under .500 at the All-Star break for the fourth time in the last 15 seasons and first time since 2006.
  • The Braves swept the Phillies for the first time since April 2-5 (3-0) 2007.
  • The Phillies are 17-27 at home.
  • McCann is one shy of matching his personal best of homers in five straight games (July 15-19, 2006).
 
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Braves catcher Brian McCann is congratulated by his manager after homering for the third consecutive game.  (US Presswire)
Braves catcher Brian McCann is congratulated by his manager after homering for the third consecutive game. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

J. Pridie
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5020000 .311
Martin Prado, LF4110102 .321
Jason Heyward, RF4010120 .272
Brian McCann, C5122012 .238
Freddie Freeman, 1B4120002 .264
Dan Uggla, 2B3112101 .221
Andrelton Simmons, SS2010000 .296
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000013 .202
    Jack Wilson, SS1000000 .174
Juan Francisco, 3B3000120 .220
Jair Jurrjens, P3000022 .091
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .230
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .250
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals36410448  
a-struck out for Simmons in the 5th
b-flied out for Jurrjens in the 8th
Batting
2B - Freddie Freeman (17, Worley), Andrelton Simmons (7, Worley)
HR - Brian McCann (13, Valdes), Dan Uggla (12, Worley)
RBI - Brian McCann 2 (46), Dan Uggla 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (21), Dan Uggla 2 (24)
SB - Michael Bourn (25, 2nd base off Papelbon/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Francisco-Uggla-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (W,3-2) 7633141 4.97
Kris Medlen (H,5) 1000000 2.95
Craig Kimbrel (S,25) 1000020 1.36
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 96-63, Kris Medlen 9-6, Craig Kimbrel 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 7-9, Kris Medlen 1-2
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Kris Medlen 3, Craig Kimbrel 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000001 .256
Juan Pierre, LF4000000 .307
Chase Utley, 2B4010010 .235
Ryan Howard, 1B4000021 .250
Carlos Ruiz, C4120010 .350
Hunter Pence, RF3100112 .285
Jason Pridie, CF3123000 .600
Mike Fontenot, 3B3010001 .325
Vance Worley, P1000011 .000
    Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
    Michael Schwimer, P0000000 .000
   a- Ty Wigginton, PH1000000 .247
    Jeremy Horst, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3136316  
a-grounded out for Schwimer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jason Pridie (1, Jurrjens)
HR - Jason Pridie (1, Jurrjens)
SH - Vance Worley (4)
RBI - Jason Pridie 3 (3)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Fontenot-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley 6733451 3.54
Raul Valdes (L,2-2) 0.2211011 3.80
Michael Schwimer 0.1000000 3.60
Jeremy Horst 1000000 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon 1100020 3.34
IBB - Francisco by Vance Worley
Pitches-Strikes - Vance Worley 104-61, Raul Valdes 14-11, Michael Schwimer 4-4, Jeremy Horst 9-8, Jonathan Papelbon 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vance Worley 7-5, Michael Schwimer 1-0, Jeremy Horst 1-2
Batters Faced - Vance Worley 28, Raul Valdes 4, Michael Schwimer 1, Jeremy Horst 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43881
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson