Power behind the plate

The Phillies are set behind the plate, that’s a given.

Brian Schneider and Carlos Ruiz each homers and drove in a combined seven runs to give the Phillies the 10-2 win over Atlanta.

Schneider homered in the top of the fourth, a two-run shot of Braves starter Brandon Beachy to give the Phils the 3-2 lead. Ruiz, who came in on the double switch, hit his first career grand slam to give the Phils a commanding 7-2 lead. It was also Chooch’s first career pinch-hit homer.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz doubles in a run in the eighth inning. He had five RBIs on the night including a grand slam in the seventh. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ruiz then drove in a run on a double an inning later. The rest of the team doubles the Braves to death. Shane Victorino had four hits with two being doubles and Jimmy Rollins had two as well. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard one each.

John Mayberry had his fourth pinch-hit of the season only eight games in. Last season, Greg Dobbs had six on the whole season.

Phils starter Roy Oswalt finally got his first win against the Braves in his career. He allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and two walks while striking out two in six innings.

The Braves took the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Freddie Freeman hit a single to right fielder Ben Francisco. The ball scooted under his glove, scoring in Alex Gonzalez and Freeman himself in a little league-type play. But that was all the Braves would muster.

2B: Victorino 2 (2), Rollins 2 (2), Ibanez (2), Howard (4), Ruiz (2). HR: Schneider (1), Ruiz (1).

WP: Oswalt (2-0). LP: Beachy (1-1).


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