Kotchman leads Braves past Phillies

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Philadelphia Phillies&#39; outfielders, from left, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, celebrate as they walk in after the Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 in a baseball game Sunday, July 12, 2009, in Philadelphia. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Tom Mihalek&#41;  </span></div>
May 10, 2009 12:51:38 PM PDT
Casey Kotchman had three hits and three RBIs, Kenshin Kawakami pitched six effective innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Kotchman hit a two-out, two-run single off Jack Taschner (1-1) in the seventh inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. He also had an RBI double in the ninth.

Garret Anderson had two hits for the Braves (15-16), who took two of three from the Phillies to move within one game of .500. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his third save in three opportunities.

Matt Stairs got a rare start for Philadelphia and went 2-for-2 with a run-scoring double and a walk. Ryan Howard also had a pair of doubles and scored two runs.

Kawakami (2-4) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out six and walked four. The 33-year-old rookie, a six-time All-Star in Japan, picked up his first win in nearly a month.

Brett Myers turned in a solid outing for Philadelphia, yielding one run and five hits despite hitting two batters. He was lifted for pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs in the bottom of the sixth despite throwing only 92 pitches.

Myers helped end Chipper Jones' 29-game hitting streak against the Phillies. Jones was 0-for-3 with a walk, marking the first time since April 5, 2007, that he failed to register a hit against Philadelphia. Jones' streak was the longest by a Braves player against another team since 1954.

Jones left in the eighth with a sore elbow and is listed as day to day.

The Braves loaded the bases with no outs in the first but managed just one run on a sacrifice fly to center by Anderson.

Pedro Feliz tied it with an RBI single in the second.

Notes: Philadelphia C Carlos Ruiz started after sitting out the previous two games with a strained right oblique. ... The game drew a sellout crowd of 45,343 and the weekend series attracted 135,994, a record for a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. ... Philadelphia's Shane Victorino was 0 for 13 in the three-game series.

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