The Braves hit 4 homers on the night, but perhaps the best news is that John Thomson seems to be all the way back.
Thomson (4-5) went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 4 hits, 2 walks (1 intentional) and struck out 4. He has gotten progressively better with each start, and now seems to be at full strength.
This is huge if he keeps this up. If the Braves need a 4th starter in the postseason, Thomson could be the man. Heaven forbid that ace John Smoltz keeps having shoulder problems, but I wouldn't feel uncomfortable with a sharp Thomson as our 3rd starter behind Hudson and Sosa if it came to that.
Reitsma and Farnsworth pitched scoreless innings to shut the door.
After Thomson got out of his only jam of the night in the top of the 2nd inning with minimal damage, the Braves had two 2 run homers in the bottom of the inning, one by Francoeur and one by Furcal. Chipper and Andruw each added solo shots later in the game.
Offensive contributors: Rafael Furcal was 2-4 with his 12th homer and had 2 RBIs. Chipper Jones was 2-4 with his 20th homer. Adam LaRoche was 2-4 with a double and scored. Jeff Francoeur was 1-4 with his 13th homer and had 2 RBIs. Andruw Jones was 1-4 with his 51st homer.
The Phillies lost, and the Magic Number is down to 3. The Astros won, and are 2 games ahead of the Phillies in the Wild Card race.
Jorge Sosa will pitch against AJ Burnett tomorrow afternoon.