Phils Get Win Over Atlanta In 10 Innings

On a night that even Pat Burrell described as too cold for baseball, the Phillies found just enough heat to down Atlanta 4-3 in 10 innings Tuesday. Tomas Perez drove in Pat Burrell with the winning run, pulling the Phils to a share of first place with Montreal in the NL East.

The tenth inning was near picture perfect. Pat Burrell led off the inning with a single. Brett Myers then pinch-hit for Jose Mesa and placed a perfect bunt to move Burrell to second. The Braves then walked Mike Lieberthal, giving him his fourth walk of the night. Marlon Byrd then hit a grounder to short and the Braves got Lieberthal at second, but Byrd was safe at first, giving the Phillies runners at the corners with two outs. Tomas Perez then singled through the middle and the cold night warmed up as the Phillies beat Atlanta 4-3. The two hits that the Phillies had in the inning were half their hits for the whole night, but they made the most of them.

Pitcher Randy Wolf delivered a bases loaded single, driving in two runs in the bottom of the second. Jimmy Rollins followed that with an RBI single to left as the Phillies took a 3-0 lead after two innings.

Wolf pitched five and two-third innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out five. Carlos Silva, Terry Adams and Jose Mesa (1-0) pitched the final four and one-third innings, shutting out the Braves. Mesa picked up the win with one and one-third innings of relief work.

The Braves scored two runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and an infield single. Julio Franco delivered an RBI double in the sixth to tie the game 3-3.

Kevin Gryboski (0-1) took the loss in relief for Atlanta.

The two teams match up again Wednesday night with Greg Maddux (0-2, 11.00) coming back on three days rest to oppose Vicente Padilla (0-1, 4.50). The win put the Phillies (4-3) in a tie with Montreal for first place in the NL East, while the Braves fell to 3-5 on the season.

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