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Andruw Jones and Marcus Giles homered to help lead the Braves back to .500 in the home opener. Giles wasn't expected to play, but was in the lineup. He only went 1-5, but his solo homer in the 7th gave the Braves a lead they wouldn't relinquish. John Thomson gave the Braves a fine start hopefully getting the pitching back to normalcy in Atlanta. His first start of 2006 lasted 5 innings, and he allowed one unearned run on 6 hits, a walk, and struck out 4. The Braves got on the board first with a 2 run double by Thomson in the 4th. After a Francoeur error in the 5th led to the first Phillies run, Andruw homered to give the Braves a 3-1 lead. Remlinger started the 6th with the 3-1 lead, got one out, hit a batter, and gave up a hit. Cormier came in and gave up a hit for a run that was charged to Remlinger, but got out of the inning with no further damage. Oscar Villarreal (3-0) gave up his first run of the year in the 7th to tie the game. After Giles' homer gave the Braves the lead back at 4-3 (and gave Villarreal an undeserved win), Ken Ray came in and pitched a scoreless 8th. 3 weeks ago, I'd never heard of Ray. Now, he might be the 8th inning set-up man, and he hasn't given up a run yet. Betemit, filling in for Chipper who has been placed on the DL (with no one called up yet), knocked in an insurance run in the 8th with a 2 out RBI single. Reitsma pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 3rd save in 4 chances. Offensive contributors: John Thomson was 2-2 with a double and had 2 RBIs. Ryan Langerhans was 2-3, doubled, and walked. Andruw Jones was just 1-4, but hit his 3rd homer. Marcus Giles was only 1-5 but hit his first homer of the season. The Braves get a day off tomorrow, but the series resumes on Wednesday with Jorge Sosa pitching against Cory Lidle.

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