Bell Finally Rings For Phils In 5-4 Win

David Bell has had a lot of chances to show his value to the Philadelphia fans and has often come up short. Tuesday night, with the game on the line, he showed a little of what the Phillies and their fans expected from the free agent third baseman, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to give the Phillies a 5-4 win over the dreaded Atlanta Braves.

The Atlanta Braves defense provided David Bell with a perfect opportunity to finally come through for the Phillies.

Mike Lieberthal opened the bottom of the ninth by hitting a sinking line drive that diving left fielder Chipper Jones could not come up with. Jimmy Rollins followed by hitting a slow roller in front of the plate that pitcher Darren Holmes fielded. Holmes (1-1) made a wild throw that to first and Nick Punto went to third as Rollins moved to second base on the play. Bell then singled home Punto with the winning run, lifting the Phils to a 5-4 win over Atlanta.

Rollins went 4-for-4 with two RBI and also had a big night defensively at shortstop. Lieberthal added three hits for the Phillies, who won despite stranding 14 runners. Another positive sign was that struggling left fielder Pat Burrell chipped in with two hits, including his 17th double of the season.

Besides the defensive miscue in the ninth, the Atlanta defense also gave the Phillies a run in the bottom of the fourth on a throwing error by catcher Javy Lopez. Lopez' throw hit Brett Myers on his way to first, causing Braves manager Bobby Cox to argue that Myers had interfered on the play. After a lengthy argument, Cox was ejected from the game. Rollins fifth inning double plated two runs and put the Phillies up 3-0.

The Braves rallied back in the top of the sixth. Gary Sheffield singled home a run and Chipper Jones followed with a homerun to tie the game 3-3. A few hitters later, the Braves had bases loaded and Myers uncorked a wild pitch to give the Braves a 4-3 lead.

It didn't take the Phillies long to respond as they tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Mike Lieberthal hit a sacrifice fly to score Jim Thome, who had walked and went to third on Burrell's double.

Turk Wendell (1-1) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings for the win.


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