The Phils hang on to defeat the Braves, gain a game in the standings.

The Phillies hang on last night to defeat the Braves, 5-4, in the first game of their three games series. The Braves would get on the board first as they score three runs in the first inning off of Phils’ starter, Kyle Kendrick. The Braves’ first run would come on a RBI single by Chipper Jones, scoring Yunel Escobar, who has started the game off with a single. Later, with two outs, Jeff Francoeur would single in Mark Kotsay, who has earlier walked, and Jones, making it a 3-0 Atlanta lead. That would be all the runs that the Braves would score until the ninth inning, as Kendrick would keep Atlanta off the scoreball while he was on the mound. Meanwhile, the Phils would come back against Braves’ starter Jo-Jo Reyes. In the fourth inning, with one out, Jayson Werth would knock in two Phillies’ runs, scoring Chase Utley, who has got on base with a single, and Ryan Howard, who has doubled, making the score 3-2 Braves. The Phils would tie the game in the fifth, as Howard singles in Shane Victorino, who has earlier singled, stole second and reached third on a ground out. Werth would then give the Phils the lead with a RBI single, knocking in Howard, making the score 4-3 Phils. The Phils would then add an insurance run in the seventh, as Werth knocks in his fourth RBI of the night with a RBI single off of Jorge Compillo, who has just replaced Reyes, scoring Eric Bruntlett, who was pinch running for Pat Burrell, who has doubled, giving the Phillies a 5-3 lead. After J.C. Romero and Tom Gordon have both kept the Braves off of the scoreboard as they each pitched an inning in relief, Brad Lidge came in to pitched the ninth. With a runner on second and after getting out Jones, for the second out of the inning, Lidge gives up a RBI double to Brian McCann, on a ball misplaced by Werth, which scores Kotsay, who has gotten on base earlier on a walk and has moved to second on defensive indifference, making it a 5-4 Phillies’ lead. But, that would be how the game would end, as Lidge, with two runners on and still two out, would get Francoeur to fly out, ending the game and thus getting the save.

Kyle Kendrick would be the winning pitcher for the Phils, as he pitched six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, giving up no runs after a shaky first inning. His record is now 3-2, with a 4.87 ERA. J.C. Romero would pitch one inning, giving up no runs on one hit, as he recovers from his Sunday outing, although having to stop a Braves’ rally in the seventh with two outs. Tom Gordon would also pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Brad Lidge would pitch the ninth, giving up an earned run, his first of the year, on one hit, as he records his ten save of the year. Jo-Jo Reyes would take the lost, as he pitched six and two-thirds inning, giving up five earned runs on eleven hits. His record drops to 1-1, as his ERA rises to 4.30. Jorge Campillo would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Manny Acosta would pitch an inning for the Braves, giving up no runs on one hit.

The second place Phils, with the win, are now a game and a half behind the Marlins, as they gain a game on them as the fish lose their second game in a row to the Reds. The Phils remain a half game ahead of the Mets, who won their game against the Nationals. The fourth place Braves are now two games behind the Phils because of their lost.

The Phillies offense had thirteen hits against Braves’ pitching, with eleven of them coming off of leftie Reyes, proving, at least for last night’s game, that a left hander will not keep them down. Ryan Howard would get two hits in the game, with a double and a single, as he knocks in a run and scores two, while Jayson Werth would knock in four of the Phillies’ runs as he goes three for four, all singles. The Phillies would hit four doubles in the game, all of them coming off of losing pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes.

The Philles (22-18) and the Braves (19-19) continue their three games series at Citizens Bank Park with tonight’s game starting at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send in Brett Myers (2-3, 5.33), who is coming off his worst outing of the year as he was rocked by the Diamondbacks on May 8 for seven runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits as he pitched only five innings as he took the lost in the Phils’ 8-3 lost to Arizona. In fact, he has lost two of his last four outings, with two no-decisions. His opponent will be future hall of famer Tom Glavine (0-1, 4.03), who is not having a good year himself, pitching wise. His last start, the latest of three no-decisions, saw him go seven innings as he gave up two earned runs on five hits in the Braves’ 3-2 lost to the Pirates on May 9. He will be looking for his first win of the year while trying to keep the Phils’ bats quiet.

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