Phillies Fall Before Delay

The Phillies Carlos Ruiz was out at home despite a collision with Brian McCann in the seventh inning. The play was on the back-end of a bizarre 5-4-2 double play. AP Photo.

The Braves seemingly got three free runs prior to the second inning rain delay. They carried the momentum after the hour-long break to win it 7-3 over Philly and expand their lead in the division to 1.5 games.

Tim Hudson remained in after the delay and allowed only a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the sixth. His final line consisted of six innings of good work, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six.

Cole Hamels didn’t last after the delay, allowing a three-run homer to Troy Glaus in 2/3 innings pitched before the skies opened. As the rain fell, it washed away their chances of re-taking first.

The Phillies used six relievers after the delay. They couldn’t keep the game close but pitched an admirable 7 1/3 innings, allowing only four runs.

Glaus continued his tear when he drove in 28 RBIs in May with three more this game. Martin Prado continued his all star bid with his 16th double and Yunel Escobar added two hits.

The Phillies gave Atlanta a scare in the ninth. With two outs and runners on second and third, Wilson Valdez drove in a run to make it 7-3 and then Chase Utley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Billy Wagner came in with two outs and got Howard to ground out to end the game.

A couple of droughts were snapped in tonight’s loss though. Jayson Werth snapped his 0-for-21 drought with his major league-leading 23rd double and Howard’s homer was the first for the Phillies in 68 at-bats.

Doubles: Utley (11), Werth (23). HR: Howard (9).

WP: Hudson (6-1). LP: Hamels (5-4).

Boxscore.

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