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Heyward, Jones go deep as Braves sweep Phillies

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ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones says the Phillies became a mental hurdle for the Braves during Philadelphia's run of five straight NL East titles.

Atlanta has cleared that hurdle with six straight wins over the Phillies this month.

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Jones and Jason Heyward homered off Roy Halladay, and the Braves completed a three-game sweep of last-place Philadelphia with a 6-2 victory Sunday.

Atlanta also swept a three-game series at Philadelphia from July 6-8. The Braves have won six straight over the Phillies for the first time since 1996-97, according to STATS LLC.

"It's a big, big sweep for us," Jones said. "I think mentally as a team you've got to get over certain humps, and Philly as a team has been a big hump for us. They've been winning the division for a long time and they've handled us pretty well. Now we've got to get over that hump of beating the Nationals. The Nationals have had our number a little bit the last couple of years, and they're the team ahead of us, so we have to get going."

Atlanta, which began the day four games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, has won five straight.

Tim Hudson (10-4) gave up two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings and combined with Ben Sheets and Mike Minor to give Braves starters four runs and one walk allowed in the series.

Hudson has reached 10 wins despite missing most of the first month while recovering from back surgery. He is 4-0 with a 3.19 ERA in his last five starts.

"I've been fortunate to be able to go out there and stay healthy since I missed that first month," Hudson said. "Guys have played really well behind me. Every time I've gone out there we've scored runs. It's easy to get wins when they score five or six runs for you."

Jonny Venters, Chad Durbin, Eric O'Flaherty and Cristhian Martinez followed with two-hit relief.

With the Braves ahead 3-2, Freddie Freeman hit a two-run single off Jacob Diekman in a three-run seventh.

In danger of ending a streak of consecutive playoff appearances at five, Philadelphia (45-57) is last in the NL East this late in a season for the first time since Aug. 12, 2002, STATS said. The sweep could turn the Phillies into sellers before Tuesday's deadline for trades without waivers.

Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and Joe Blanton have been mentioned in trade speculation. Victorino and others lobbied after the game for management to keep the team intact.

"We've got 60 games," said Victorino, who homered and had three hits. "That's my goal, to play 60 games here. I'm wearing a `P' on my hat, `Phillies' across my chest. I want it to be here."

Asked whether the Phillies will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, manager Charlie Manuel said: "I think where we're at speaks for itself.

"We're definitely behind. We would have to come a long way. ... We've still got a heartbeat."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Phillies remain a dangerous team.

"They're a good club, and they still scare you," Gonzalez said. "They're not clicking on all cylinders right now for whatever reason. But they still have got a pretty good pitching staff and they've got those guys in the middle of the lineup.

"They're still a respectable team and I still respect them, just for the fact they're a veteran group of guys that have won championships and a World Series. To me it's just a matter of time before they get it going."

Halladay (4-6), a two-time Cy Young Award winner, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts, dropping to 0-1 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts after missing seven weeks with a strained right lat muscle. He got his 2,000th strikeout in the first inning, fanning David Ross.

Atlanta took a 2-0 lead in the first as five straight hitters reached with two outs. Heyward hit a first-pitch homer, his 16th home run of the season, and Dan Uggla stopped an 0-for-21 slump with an RBI double.

Jones led off the third with his 10th homer, pushing the lead to 3-0. He has 1,042 extra-base hits, passing Pete Rose for sole possession of second place for switch-hitters, behind Eddie Murray's 1,099.

Victorino led off the fourth with his ninth homer and Carlos Ruiz knocked out Hudson with an RBI single in the sixth.

Diekman dropped Heyward's grounder for a run-scoring error in the seventh.

Notes

  • Gonzalez expects SS Andrelton Simmons, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a broken right little finger on July 13, to need six weeks to recover, including an injury rehab stint. That would place his return around Aug. 24.
  • Laynce Nix made his first start of the season in right field. Hunter Pence, who had started 100 of the first 101 games in right field, remained in right field after his pinch single in the sixth.
  • The Phillies are off Monday and open a series at Washington on Tuesday night with LHP Cliff Lee on the mound. Braves RHP Tommy Hanson will face Miami LHP Mark Buehrle in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night.
 
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Jason Heyward (right) celebrates with Martin Prado after hitting a solo home run off of Roy Halladay in the first inning. (AP)
Jason Heyward (right) celebrates with Martin Prado after hitting a solo home run off of Roy Halladay in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000003 .251
Shane Victorino, CF4231010 .261
Chase Utley, 2B4000002 .235
Ryan Howard, 1B4000031 .214
Carlos Ruiz, C4011000 .342
Laynce Nix, RF2000010 .302
   a- Hunter Pence, PH-RF2020000 .271
Juan Pierre, LF2010000 .306
   b- John Mayberry Jr., PH-LF2000003 .230
Kevin Frandsen, 3B3020000 .667
Roy Halladay, P2000023 .200
   c- Mike Fontenot, PH1000010 .289
    Jacob Diekman, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Kendrick, P0000000 .063
    Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Totals3429208  
a-singled for Nix in the 6th
b-grounded out for Pierre in the 6th
c-struck out for Halladay in the 7th
Batting
HR - Shane Victorino (9, Hudson)
RBI - Shane Victorino (40), Carlos Ruiz (57)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (24)
SB - Shane Victorino (24, 2nd base off Hudson/Ross)
CS - Shane Victorino (4, 2nd base by Hudson/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jacob Diekman (1, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roy Halladay (L,4-6) 6633172 4.33
Jacob Diekman 0.2330000 4.64
Kyle Kendrick 0.1000200 4.47
Jonathan Papelbon 1000120 3.21
WP - Roy Halladay (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 94-69, Jacob Diekman 22-15, Kyle Kendrick 13-5, Jonathan Papelbon 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 6-6, Jacob Diekman 3-0
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 26, Jacob Diekman 6, Kyle Kendrick 3, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF4000021 .294
Martin Prado, LF5110012 .304
Jason Heyward, RF5211022 .269
Chipper Jones, 3B4221010 .317
Freddie Freeman, 1B3012100 .270
Dan Uggla, 2B3011110 .210
David Ross, C3010110 .274
Paul Janish, SS4000017 .152
Tim Hudson, P2010000 .219
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
   a- Tyler Pastornicky, PH1110000 .253
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
   b- Eric Hinske, PH0000100 .202
    Jose Constanza, PR0000000 .222
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
Totals3469549  
a-singled for Durbin in the 7th
b-walked for O'Flaherty in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (16, Halladay)
HR - Jason Heyward (16, Halladay), Chipper Jones (10, Halladay)
SH - Michael Bourn (1)
RBI - Jason Heyward (50), Chipper Jones (43), Freddie Freeman 2 (62), Dan Uggla (47)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Heyward (17), Freddie Freeman 2 (30), Dan Uggla (26)
SB - Jose Constanza (2, 2nd base off Papelbon/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Janish-Uggla-Freeman
PB - David Ross (1)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (W,10-4) 5.2722051 3.68
Jonny Venters0100000 3.96
Chad Durbin (H,10) 1.1000010 3.38
Eric O'Flaherty 1000020 2.65
Cristhian Martinez 1100000 4.04
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 107-69, Jonny Venters 2-2, Chad Durbin 11-7, Eric O'Flaherty 13-10, Cristhian Martinez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-6, Chad Durbin 2-1, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Cristhian Martinez 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Jonny Venters 1, Chad Durbin 4, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Cristhian Martinez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23726
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Lance Barksdale