The Atlanta Braves have been on a role and they used that momentum to carry them into first place of the NL East. They did so by beating Philadelphia 9-3 to take a half-game lead in the division.
Troy Glaus continued on his tear, going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in the seventh. Chipper Jones homered in the first inning and drove in two runs and Yunel Escobar and Eric Hinske each drove in two runs. Phenom Jason Heyward went 0-5.
The Phillies scored three runs in the top of the seventh to make it 6-3 before Glaus’ three-run bomb. With two outs, Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz, Wilson Valdez, and Ben Francisco each doubled one after another to score three.
Joe Blanton (1-4, 5.68) has just been awful this season. He got hit around today, giving up six runs, four earned, in six innings of work on eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Chad Durbin allowed the three-run homer in the seventh though two of the runs weren’t credited to him.
Tommy Hanson allowed a run on three hits and three walks in 6 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out two in the effort to improve his record to 5-3.
The Phillies haven’t scored more than three runs since May 21 against Boston, a 5-1 victory. Since then, they’ve score 10 total runs, been shut out in five, and are 2-7.
Doubles: Ibanez (10), Ruiz (6), Valdez (7), Francisco (3).
WP: Hanson (5-3). LP: Blanton (1-4).