Braves 4, Phillies 3

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones kept up his torrid hitting with a two-run double, and the Atlanta bullpen shut down Philadelphia over the final four innings of a 4-to-3 victory by the Braves Wednesday night.

Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer with no outs in the sixth, but that was it for the Phillies' offense.

The Braves reclaimed the lead on Willie Harris' run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth, and the bullpen made it stand up. Harris also made a diving catch in the ninth that prevented a hit.

Chad Paronto (1-0), Tyler Yates, Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano each pitched a scoreless inning. Soriano, filling in for injured closer Bob Wickman, earned his second save.

For the second night in a row, the Braves jumped to a 3-nothing lead. Kelly Johnson led off the third with a double and Edgar Renteria surprised the Phillies by dropping down a bunt single, just beating the throw to first. Jones, the National League home run leader with 10, brought both runners home with a double to left-center.

The Braves jumped ahead in the first against Freddy Garcia (1-2). Renteria doubled with one out and went to third on a wild pitch. Chipper Jones walked and Andruw Jones hustled down the line to beat the relay throw on a potential inning-ending double play.

Braves starter Chuck James scattered five hits over the first five innings but failed to get an out in the sixth. Aaron Rowand singled, Chase Utley doubled and Howard hit a towering drive over the center-field wall for just his fourth homer of the season.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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