Braves Send Phils To Third Straight Loss

Greg Maddux has certainly had better outings, but he's also had worse outings – especially this season. Friday night, Maddux was sharp enough to keep the Braves close until their offense could come to the rescue and pull Atlanta to a 5-4 win over the Phillies. After Maddux' exit, the Braves bullpen shutdown the Phillies to make sure the win didn't get away.

After Friday night's outing, Greg Maddux still has an ERA that is a very untypical 7.52 for a future hall of famer. He has at least shown signs of life though after possibly the worst start to a season that he has ever had in his career. Maddux went five and two-third innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs Friday against the Phillies. Kevin Gryboski (1-1), who has also struggled this season, relieved Maddux in the sixth and after issuing an intentional walk, was able to pitch out of the inning to record his first win of the season.

The Phillies jumped on Maddux for two runs in the first inning. David Bell, who was batting second in a jumbled Phillies lineup, singled to drive home Jimmy Rollins who led off the game with a double. An error on Rafael Furcal and a fielder's choice put Bell on third for Mike Lieberthal, who hit a sacrifice fly to score Bell and put the Phillies up 2-0. Lieberthal's sac fly was the first by a Phillie or a Phillies opponent this season.

Atlanta cut the lead to one when Henry Blanco doubled to score Vinny Castilla, making it a 2-1 game.

The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and Ricky Ledee delivered a two-run single making it 4-1 Phillies. Gryboski then relieved Maddux and issued an intentional walk to Jimmy Rollins before Bell grounded out to end the inning.

Randy Wolf (2-1) had pitched well, but couldn't survive the sixth inning. An error on Tyler Houston, followed by a base hit and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. Wolf then got Andruw Jones to pop out before Julio Franco singled to drive home two runs. Carlos Silva then relieved Wolf and gave up a two run double to Vinny Castilla as the Braves went ahead 5-4.

Ray King, Roberto Hernandez and John Smoltz allowed just one walk over the final three innings, with Smoltz recording his sixth save of the year with a perfect ninth inning. Turk Wendell pitched two shutout innings in relief for the Phillies, giving him four shutout innings since returning from the DL earlier in the week.


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