Phils, rain help to drown out Braves’ division hopes

When it rains, it pours. And in the Braves’ case, that isn’t a good thing.

In front of a rain soaked crowd that patiently waited out a near two-hour delay, the Phils handled the Braves once again, increasing their division lead to 9.5 games and pretty much ending all hopes for the Braves in taking the division.

Vance Worley was strong after the delay, pitching well enough for the Phils offense to do their job and lead the Phils to a 6-3 win.

Worley only went six innings due to the overuse of pitches, something he struggled with early in the season. But he was still very effective, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven through mostly pouring rain.

The Phils struck right away in the first. Chase Utley rocked a solo home run to right center, landing in the bull pen to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. They tacked on another runs when Ryan Howard, Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez hit follow-up singles to score Howard and make it 2-0. Both runs came with two outs, a new trend the Phils have been setting as of late.

After scoring in the 4th, the Braves managed to tie the game up in the 6th on an Alex Gonzalez sacrifice fly. But the Phils put two runs right back up on the board in the bottom half, thanks to a wild pitch by Tim Hudson to score Howard and an RBI double by Ibanez off the top of the right-center wall to make it 4-2.

Ibanez finished with a nice game, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Utley’s homer was his 10th of the season.

The Phillies are now 90-48 and they have reached the 90-win plateau in 138 games, the fattest in franchise history.

2B: Pence (33), Ibanez (27). HR: Utley (10).

WP: Worley (11-1). LP: Hudson (14-9). S: Madson (28).


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