Duckworth's Return Short and Bad; Phils Lose 8-1

Shane Reynolds has yet to yield an earned run as an Atlanta Brave. Reynolds lasted seven and one-third innings and gave up just two hits to earn his first win of the season. Duckworth was gone before the end of the second inning and was hit for six earned runs in his first start of the season.

Andruw Jones and Matt Franco each had three hits for the Braves attack that led to an 8-1 win on Sunday. Jones' first inning single drove in the games' first two runs. Former Phil Johnny Estrada got a short measure of revenge with a groundball to short that scored Gary Sheffield from third and Vinny Castilla followed with an RBI triple that put the Braves up 4-0.

Duckworth's second inning didn't go much better. An error by Duckworth put a runner on first and after two more runners reached base, Duckworth walked Jones to force across another run. Matt Franco added a double to make the score 7-0 and after Duckworth hit Estrada with a pitch, Larry Bowa had seen enough. Joe Roa relieved Duckworth and got Castilla to hit into a home-to-first double-play to end the inning.

Roa went on to pitch three and two-third shutout innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. Turk Wendell and Terry Adams pitched one shutout inning each and Jose Mesa allowed two hits and an unearned run in the ninth.

Tyler Houston doubled home Tomas Perez in the top of the eighth inning for the Phillies only run. The Phillies managed just five hits, including two from Todd Pratt.

The Phillies are off on Monday before opening up a series at home against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

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