The Phils are unable to get started early before losing to the Braves, 5-3.

The Phils are not able to come from behind as they fall to the Braves, 5-3.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first as Martin Prado hits a lead-off home run, his sixth home run of the year. The Braves then made it a 2-0 lead as Nate McLouth followed him with a solo home run, his third home run of the season. The Phils then cut the Braves’ lead in the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Michael Martinez, who had earlier singled, in the process breaking up Jair Jurrjens’ no-hit bid after five and two-thirds innings, making it a 2-1 Braves’ lead, before being thrown out at third as he tried to move up on the throw, 9-3-6-5, for the third out. The Braves increased their lead in their half of the inning as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, David Ross hits an RBI bunt single, scoring Dan Uggla, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Freddie Freeman’s infield single, beating Rollins’ throw to second base, and then moved up to third on Alex Gonzalez’s fly out, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead, while sending Freeman, who had earlier singled, to second base. Then two batters later, with the bases now loaded, as Jurrjens walked, with both Freeman and Ross moving up a base, and with still two men out, Prado hits a two-run single, knocking in both Freeman and Ross, giving the Braves a 5-1 lead, while sending Jurrjens on to third. The Phils got a run back in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Wilson Valdez hits an RBI double, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier walked, cutting the Braves’ lead to 5-2.  Two batters later, now with runners on second and third as pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz was hit by the pitch, and then both runners moved up a base on Ross’ passed ball, and with still one man out, the Phils then made it a 5-3 Braves’ lead on an RBI ground out by John Mayberry, Jr., 5-3, scoring Valdez. That would be the final score as Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the season by striking out Ben Francisco for the final out.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) took the lost, as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. J.C. Romero pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk. Kyle Kendrick pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Danys Baez and Antonio Bastardo combine for two scoreless innings giving up a hit (Baez) and three walks (Baez (2), Bastardo (1)), while striking out one (Bastardo), between them. Jair Jurrjens (5-0, 1.66) got the win as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jonny Venters pitched two thirds of an inning, allowing a run to score. Craig Kimbrel recorded his ninth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out two.

The Phils had only three hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, knocking in a run, a double by Wilson Valdez, also knocking in a run, and a pinch hit single by Michael Martinez. John Mayberry, Jr., knocked in the final Phil run on a ground out, as the bats were handled by first the Braves’ starter, Jurrjens, and then the bullpen.

The Phils (25-13, 1st) will conclude their series with the Braves (22-19, 3rd) with an afternoon  game, already in progress.

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