Phillies bash Braves with 3 homers

June 7, 2008 7:31:14 PM PDT
Chase Utley's eighth-inning triple drove in Shane Victorino with the go-ahead run and the Philadelphia Phillies hit three home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Saturday night. The NL East-leading Phillies are 4-1 against the Braves this season. The Phillies are the first team this season to win the first two games of a series in Atlanta. The Braves are 25-10 in those games.

Kyle Kendrick and four relievers held the Braves to only five hits, including Chipper Jones' two-run homer in the sixth that tied the score 2-2.

Carlos Ruiz and Pat Burrell hit home runs to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Rollins added a two-run homer in the ninth.

With the score tied at 2, Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (2-4) walked Victorino with one out in the eighth. Utley lined the triple into the right-field corner, allowing Victorino to score without a throw to the plate. The hit knocked Reyes out of the game.

Ryan Howard hit a soft single to shallow right off reliever Royce Ring to drive in Utley for a 4-2 lead.

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless inning after taking over for Kendrick in the sixth, and J.C. Romero (4-1) got two outs for the win.

Kendrick gave up four hits and two runs with five walks and three strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.

Reyes pitched a career-long 7 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits with two walks and four runs. He struck out eight, one shy of his career high.

The Braves knocked Kendrick out of the game with three hits, including Jones' two-run homer over the center-field wall, in the sixth.

Jones was 1-for-3 and is hitting .420 with 15 homers. He has the highest batting average through June 7 since Paul O'Neill's .431 mark on June 7, 1994, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Ruiz has 11 career home runs, including four against the Braves. He does not have more than one homer against any other team. Notes: Utley was hit by pitches in the fourth and ninth innings. ... Ring allowed an inherited runner to score for the second straight night after stranding the first 23 he inherited this season. ... Home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher ruled batter interference against Burrell when his bat hit catcher Brian McCann as McCann threw to second base too late to prevent Utley's stolen base. The stolen base was negated, and Utley had to return to first base.

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