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Braves Blow Early Lead Again

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Though not as big as their four-run lead a few nights ago, the Braves did jump to a two-run lead in the first last night.  Yunel Escobar led off the game with a single, followed by a double by Diaz and a single by Chipper which drove in the two baserunners.  The Phillies followed, scoring a run in the bottom of the first.  The game remained at 2-1 until the bottom of the fifth.  Jimmy Rollins got on base with a walk, followed by Iguchi who reached on a catching error by Yunel Escobar on the force attempt at second.  At first, that play was scored an error on catcher Brian McCann, but was later changed to an error on Escobar.  I didn't see the play, only heard it on the radio, but the announcers definitely thought it was Escobar's error and not McCann.  Either way, there were two runners on base when Ryan Howard came up to the plate and blasted a three-run homerun off Buddy Carlyle.  After a scoreless sixth inning, the Braves recorded a run in the seventh off a McCann single and a Prado double.  Unfortunately, that would be the last run the Braves would score and the Phillies would go on to tack on yet another run in the bottom of the seventh.  Despite the loss, there were some positive aspects of last evening's game.  Martin Prado, recently called up from the farm, looked good at second and went 2-3.  Yates, Moylan and Acosta combined for 3 2/3rds innings giving up only one hit and one run (both off Moylan).  Unfortunately, the Braves fall to third place after last night's loss at 3.5 games behind the Mets and .5 game behind the Phillies.  The Phillies are currently 1 game behind the Padres in the Wild Card race with the Braves .5 games behind the Phillies. Final Score: Braves 3, Phillies 5 

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