Braves Climb to First

Atlanta surges past Phils into first in NL

Atlanta Braves starter Tommy Hanson works in the first inning Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta.

ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus homered to back a strong start by Tommy Hanson and help the Atlanta Braves move into
first place in the National League East with a 9-3 victory Monday
over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves, winners of six straight, are one-half game ahead of
Philadelphia, which has dropped two straight and nine of 13.
Improving to 16-4 since May 10, the Braves have made up 7½ games
in the NL East since May 17, when they were in last place. Atlanta
hasn't held first place in the division this late in a season since
2005.

Philadelphia, which was shut out in five of its previous eight
games, had just three hits off Hanson (5-3) before the right-hander
left with two outs in the seventh.


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