The Braves were one strike away from pitching a shutout, and beat the Phillies in the first game of an important series, 4-1.
Jorge Sosa (13-3) pitched into the 7th. He pitched well, giving up just 2 hits, although he walked 6. He struck out 7 hitters, including some to get out of jams.
Macay McBride put out a mild Phillies threat in the 7th. Chris Reitsma pitched a perfect 8th. Kyle Farnsworth gave up a run in the 9th, on a 2 out, 0-2 count bloop single by Jimmy Rollins that scored a run. (Rollins extended his hitting streak to 25 games.)
Cory Lidle got the start for the Phillies today instead of Brett Myers. The Braves scored a run in the 1st on an Andruw Jones RBI groundout. They got another one on a Chipper Jones pinch-hit 2 out bases-loaded walk. They scored 2 more insurance runs in the 7th.
Chipper Jones did not start the game because his wife went into labor and gave birth to their 2nd child. Chipper arrived at Turner Field in the early innings, pinch-hit in the 6th inning, and stayed in the game.
Offensive contributors: Rafael Furcal was 3-5 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and scored twice. Wilson Betemit was 2-2. Jeff Francoeur was 2-4 with an RBI.
The Marlins lost in extra innings. (The Astros now lead the Phillies by 2 games and the Marlins by 3 games, which will make
The Braves now lead by 6 games, and the Magic Number is 6.
John Smoltz is going to take a few extra days and start on Saturday, so Horacio Ramirez will pitch against Brett Myers tomorrow.