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Phillies use two five-run innings to beat Braves

Jul 28, 2008 - 1:27 AM By Vince DiGregorio PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Once the thunder and lightning stopped, the offensive explosion started for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Shane Victorino had a home run and tied a career high with four RBI as the Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit and withstood a late charge from the Atlanta Braves before pulling out a 12-10 victory in the rubber match of a three-game set on Sunday.

It was the second straight game that Philadelphia came back from a large deficit. On Saturday, the Phillies rebounded from a nine-run inning by the Braves with a seven-run frame of their own in a 10-9 victory.

"We lost a five-run lead today. We lost a six-run lead yesterday," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "In this ballpark, it's understandable. You're not gonna hold them down forever. It's impossible.

"But they didn't hold us down (either). Both teams looked equally the same to me, except they won the last two."

The win moved Philadelphia (56-49) into sole possession of second place in the National League East Division after the Florida Marlins (55-50) lost earlier in the day. The Phillies, who led the division at the All-Star break, remained one game behind the first-place New York Mets (57-48).

"We want to be 10 games (ahead) in first place, but we're not. We're in second place," Victorino said. "Sometimes, it's fun to come from behind and battle, because that's the kind of team we've been.

"But I want to be in first place and I'm sure everyone in this locker room wants to be in first place."

Philadelphia fell behind, 5-0, and used a pair of five-run innings to get back in the contest. Victorino belted a three-run home run off Jo-Jo Reyes to cap a five-run fourth that tied the game at 5-5.

"It shows last night and tonight that we never give up and we never will give up," Victorino said. "That's what makes this team so fun and so exciting to be on. Being down the way we were yesterday and being down 5-0 today and battle back to win this game is fun."

After Pat Burrell gave the Phillies the lead for good with a solo home run off Julian Tavarez (0-1) in the fifth, Victorino had an RBI single during a five-run sixth when Philadelphia took an 11-5 advantage.

Later in the frame, Victorino knocked Braves catcher Brian McCann out from the game in a home-plate collision while scoring on a two-run single by Ryan Howard.

"I wasn't gearing up to go look for the catcher, but as the ball was getting closer, I saw McCann kind of bracing himself to receive the ball," Victorino said. "I was just trying to be safe. The only way I thought I could be safe was to try and jar the ball loose. That's what I did."

McCann suffered a mild concussion on the play after Victorino's helmet knocked his mask off.

"I didn't have time to react," McCann said. "We hit head-to-head. I've got a headache right now, but I'm gonna be all right. I would have done the same thing if I was running."

Victorino's home run was one of five hit by the Phillies. Chris Coste, Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth also homered.

"We've got a great offensive club," Werth said. "We just haven't been swinging, collectively, very well lately. It was good for everybody to get going (offensively) the last couple of days.

"We're getting down to the stretch run. August and September are upon us here and it's time to kick it in gear and be the team that we all know that we are."

Rollins blast - a solo shot in the seventh - had given Philadelphia a 12-5 lead, but Atlanta responded with a five-run frame of its own in the eighth to pull within 12-10. Martin Prado's three-run, pinch-hit double capped the outburst.

However, closer Brad Lidge retired the Braves in the ninth for his 24th save to preserve the win for Clay Condrey (3-2).

"We let them come back a little bit, but we're fortunate that we had a pretty comfortable lead going into the eighth," Coste said.

Atlanta jumped on Joe Blanton for two runs in the first inning. McCann had an RBI single ahead of a run-scoring double by Mark Kotsay.

Atlanta starter Jorge Campillo retired the first two batters in the bottom of the second before a 1-hour, 57-minute rain delay. When the game resumed, Reyes came on for Campillo and Adam Eaton replaced Blanton for the Phillies.

The Braves upped their margin to five with back-to-back home runs in the fourth. Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer followed by a solo shot by Omar Infante.






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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 10 12 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0 5 1 5 1 0 x 12 14 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - JORGE CAMPILLO, JO-JO REYES (2ND), JULIAN TAVAREZ (5TH), ROYCE
    RING (6TH), BLAINE BOYER (6TH), BUDDY CARLYLE (7TH), WILL
    OHMAN (8TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN, CORKY M

    Jul 27 6:53 PM
  • EasternPA Braves scored 5 to pull within two of the Phils. 12-10 Phils going into bottom 8.

    Braves 10, Phillies 12  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 27 6:35 PM
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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARTIN PRADO SCORED OMAR INFANTE, GREG NORTON AND
    GREGOR BLANCO.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M PRADO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 10
    PHILADELPHIA 12 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: C MILLER (.104, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 10, Phillies 12  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 27 6:30 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GREGOR BLANCO SCORED KELLY JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G BLANCO ON FIRST, G NORTON ON SECOND, O
    INFANTE ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 7
    PHILADELPHIA 12 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.282, 1-FOR-4)

    Braves 7, Phillies 12  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 27 6:27 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY OMAR INFANTE SCORED MARK KOTSAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, O INFANTE ON SECOND, K JOHNSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6
    PHILADELPHIA 12 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: G NORTON (.220, 3 HR, 16 RBI)

    Braves 6, Phillies 12  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 27 6:20 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JIMMY ROLLINS (7) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF BUDDY CARLYLE.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 12
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.284, 2-FOR-3, HBP, HR, 4 RBI)

    Braves 5, Phillies 12  Bot 7, 0 OutsJul 27 6:08 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JAYSON WERTH (14) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF BLAINE BOYER SCORED RYAN HOWARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 11
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: E BRUNTLETT (.235, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves 5, Phillies 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 27 5:48 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN HOWARD SCORED JIMMY ROLLINS AND SHANE
    VICTORINO.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R HOWARD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    PHILADELPHIA 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: P BURRELL (.278, 1-FOR-3, HR, RBI)

    Braves 5, Phillies 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 27 5:47 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SHANE VICTORINO SCORED CARLOS RUIZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S VICTORINO ON FIRST, J ROLLINS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5
    PHILADELPHIA 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.287, 1-FOR-3)

    Braves 5, Phillies 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 27 5:33 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY PAT BURRELL (26) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JULIAN TAVAREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 6
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J WERTH (.269, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Braves 5, Phillies 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 27 5:12 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SHANE VICTORINO (8) TO LEFT WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF JO-JO REYES SCORED SO TAGUCHI AND JIMMY ROLLINS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 5
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C UTLEY (.288, 1-FOR-2)

    Braves 5, Phillies 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 27 4:54 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY CHRIS COSTE (8) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF JO-JO REYES SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 2
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: A EATON (.179, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Braves 5, Phillies 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 27 4:47 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY OMAR INFANTE (2) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF ADAM EATON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 5, PHILADELPHIA 0
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J REYES (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Braves 5, Phillies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 27 4:33 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KELLY JOHNSON (9) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF ADAM EATON SCORED MARK KOTSAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 4, PHILADELPHIA 0
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: O INFANTE (.280, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 4, Phillies 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 27 4:31 PM
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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    ATLANTA 2 2 3 0
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: ATL - JORGE CAMPILLO
    PHI - JOE BLANTON

    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J ROLLINS (.268, 6 HR, 35 RBI)
    S VICTORINO (.280, 7 HR, 31 RBI)
    C UTLEY (.287, 25 HR,

    Braves 2, Phillies 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 27 1:46 PM
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