It was another frustrating day for the Phillies as they managed to only score one run and spoil a great start by Kyle Kendrick. The Braves got the go-ahead run in the eighth off Jose Contreras to win 2-1 Wednesday afternoon, sweeping the Phillies and pulling to a 2.5 game lead in the division.
Kendrick and Braves starter Derek Lowe battled it out as Lowe bested Kendrick. Lowe went eight innings, allowing a run on six hits and a walk, striking out seven. Kendrick was almost as impressive, allowing a run in seven innings. The young righty, who is battling to remain in the rotation when J.A. Happ returns, allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four.
Atlanta got on the scoreboard early when Chipper Jones hit into an RBI double-play. Philadelphia answered in the third with a Jayson Werth RBI single to tie the game at one-apiece.With Contreras in the game, the Braves got a run in the eighth to take the 2-1 lead. Billy Wagner closed out the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.
Omar Infante, who went 2-for-2 in place of Jones, had the game-winning hit. Martin Prado also added two hits to improve his average to .324. The Phillies managed only six hits with Werth getting the lone RBI.
Contreras was not good at all in the eighth. He struggled to hit his spots and got behind batters in the count. With two outs and Nate McClouth on second, Contreras opted to intentionally walk rookie phenom Jason Heyward to set up an at-bat against Infante. Infante lined a single over Chase Utley’s head to score McClouth.
WP: Lowe (8-4). LP: Conteras (2-2). S: Wagner (9).