Sunday June 8, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Ryan Howard drove in two runs in the ninth inning
with his third double of the game and the Philadelphia Phillies
beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 today to complete a three-game sweep.
Howard finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs. The game was tied at 3 through eight innings, but the Phillies bullied Blaine Boyer for four hits and three runs in the ninth, including a single by Shane Victorino that drove in the go-ahead run.
The Phillies boosted their road record to 18-13, best in the
National League, and have won 15 of 19 overall. Philadelphia also improved to 5-1 against the Braves and became the first visiting team to sweep a three-game series in Atlanta this season.
The Braves played without Chipper Jones, who said he has a small
tear of his right quadriceps. He also could miss one or two games
at the Chicago Cubs this week. Chad Durbin (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Brad Lidge earned his 17th save with a perfect ninth inning.
Pinch-hitter Eric Bruntlett singled with one out in the ninth
off Boyer (1-4) and moved to second on Jimmy Rollins' single to
right. Victorino drove in Bruntlett with a single to center and moved
to second when Gregor Blanco's throw to the plate was up the
first-base line. Boyer's intentional walk to Chase Utley loaded the bases, and Howard lined the next pitch from Boyer over left fielder Josh
Anderson's head for a two-run double.
The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the first on three hits, but the
lead didn't last long wh Yunel Escobar double and Mark Teixeira
tied the score with a homer to right.
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