Phillies Bats Stay Hot For 8-1 Win Over Braves

The Phillies went to Atlanta hoping for a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. If not for some missed opportunities on Tuesday night, they might have done just that. The offense stayed hot and the pitching held things together as the Phillies won their second in a row against the division leading Braves with an 8-1 win Thursday night in Atlanta.

Five Phillies players had multi-hit games, including four hits each from Tomas Perez and Marlon Byrd as the Phillies picked up another 8-1 win over Atlanta, winning on back-to-back nights by identical scores. Perez, playing at second base, went 4-for-4 to up his average to .344 on the season, while Byrd went 4-for-5, boosting his average to .284. The series finale also saw Mike Lieberthal hit his first homerun in six weeks.

Randy Wolf (9-3) threw a lot of pitches in the early innings and lasted just six innings, but allowed just one earned run. Terry Adams, Turk Wendell and Jose Mesa shut down the Braves over the final three innings to wrap up the win. Mike Hampton (3-4), who dominated the Phillies last week in Philadelphia, was touched for four earned runs in five innings of work.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs, but like Tuesday night, missed opportunities to have a big inning. All the Phillies managed was one run on a wild pitch to grab a 1-0 lead. The Phillies used a fielder's choice ground ball and RBI singles from Jimmy Rollins and David Bell to pick up three runs in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. David Bell had one of the RBI singles and finished the night going 2-5, showing more signs of pulling out of his long slump.

The lone Braves run came in the bottom of the fourth. Hot hitting Javy Lopez walked and scored on a double by Julio Franco, cutting the Phillies lead to 4-1.

Lieberthal doubled to lead off the fifth and went to third on a groundout by Bobby Abreu. Lieberthal then scored on Hampton's second wild pitch of the night. Hampton exited after five innings and Jim Thome hit his 18th homerun of the season in the sixth off reliever Jung Bong to give the Phillies a 6-1 advantage. Lieberthal's two-run shot came off Kevin Gryboski in the eighth, ending the Phillies scoring for the night.

Abreu, Pat Burrell and Randy Wolf were the only Phillies starters to not get hits as part of the Phillies 15 hit night. The win put the Phillies a season-high seven games over .500 and moved them to 7 ½ games behind Atlanta in National League East. The Phillies moved to just one-half game behind the idle Montreal Expos for second place in the division.

The Phillies now fly to Baltimore for a weekend series with the Orioles. Brandon Duckworth (3-2, 4.98) will make his first start in almost two weeks Friday night against Jason Johnson (6-3, 3.96).

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