Pitching Stays Strong in Phillies 5-3 Win

Eric Milton started a little rough, but came through in good enough shape to throw seven good innings as the Phillies took their second in a row over the Atlanta Braves. Tim Worrell also looked good as he pitched a strong ninth inning and recorded his eighth save. The two wins follow a four-game losing skid that saw the Phillies look like a team that was lost at sea.

The Phillies did their best to give Russ Ortiz a short day at work on his 30th birthday.

Ricky Ledee had a two-run single to ignite a four-run first inning and Brett Myers settled down after a shaky start as the Phils beat the Braves, 5-3.

Tomas Perez had a one-out single in the first before Ortiz issued consecutive walks to Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome. Ledee followed with a ground ball up the middle to plate Perez and Abreu for a 2-0 lead. Chase Utley lined a single into right-center field and Todd Pratt delieved an RBI single to right to put the Phillies ahead, 4-0.

Ledee drove in his third run of the game in the second inning when he singled home Jimmy Rollins.

Myers (4-3) allowed two runs - both in the first inning - and six hits over seven innings and recorded his fourth win in his last five decisions. Myers threw 115 pitches, walking four and striking out five.

Rheal Cormier gave up one run and two hits in the eighth inning before Tim Worrell struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Johnny Estrada had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run for the Braves.

Ortiz (6-5) was reached for five runs and nine hits in six innings. Pitching for the first time on his birthday, the righthander walked three and struck out eight after winning his previous three starts.

The series wraps up Sunday afternoon when Kevin Millwood (4-3, 4.39), who is 0-5 against his former teammates, goes against Jaret Wright (3-5, 3.65).


PHILADELPHIA (5) VS ATLANTA (3) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .255 T Perez 3b 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .274 B Abreu rf 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 .289 J Thome 1b 4 1 0 0 1 4 4 .302 R Ledee lf 4 1 2 3 0 0 0 .320 C Utley 2b 3 0 1 1 1 1 3 .245 T Pratt c 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .275 M Byrd cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .217 B Myers p 3 0 1 0 0 2 2 .238 a-P Burrell ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 T Worrell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 35 5 10 5 4 11 15 a-grounded to shortstop for B Myers in the 8th. BATTING: S - M Byrd. RBI - R Ledee 3 (16), C Utley (21), T Pratt (5). 2-out RBI - R Ledee. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - B Myers 1, C Utley 3, J Thome 1, J Rollins 1. Team LOB - 8. BASERUNNING: SB - R Ledee (2, 2nd base off R Ortiz/J Estrada), B Abreu 2 (12, 2nd base off A Almanza/J Estrada, 2nd base off R Ortiz/J Estrada). CS - C Utley (1, 2nd base by R Ortiz/J Estrada). FIELDING: E - T Perez (4, ground ball). Outfield assists - M Byrd (J Estrada at Home). DP: 1 (J Rollins-C Utley-J Thome). ATLANTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg R Furcal ss 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .250 D Wise lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 .231 J Drew rf 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 .299 J Estrada c 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .362 J Franco 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .282 A Jones cf 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 .245 N Green 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .267 b-C Jones ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235 J Garcia pr-2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .248 M Derosa 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .220 R Ortiz p 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 .136 A Almanza p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-E Marrero ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .125 A Alfonseca p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 C Nitkowski p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 c-E Perez ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .216 Totals 34 3 8 3 4 9 13 a-walked for A Almanza in the 7th; b-reached on error for N Green in the 8th; c-struck out swinging for C Nitkowski in the 9th. BATTING: 2B - J Franco (5, B Myers); J Estrada (19, R Cormier); A Jones (14, R Cormier). RBI - J Estrada (38), J Franco (22), A Jones (33). 2-out RBI - A Jones. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Estrada 1, A Jones 1, M Derosa 1, D Wise 1, J Franco 1. GIDP - R Furcal. Team LOB - 8. BASERUNNING: SB - R Furcal (6, 2nd base off B Myers/T Pratt), J Drew (4, 2nd base off B Myers/T Pratt). ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 410 000 000 -- 5 ATLANTA - 200 000 010 -- 3 ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era B Myers (W, 4-3) 7 6 2 2 4 5 0 4.03 R Cormier (H, 9) 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 4.67 T Worrell (S, 8) 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.60 ATLANTA ip h r er bb so hr era R Ortiz (L, 6-5) 6 9 5 5 3 8 0 4.04 A Almanza 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.15 A Alfonseca 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.77 C Nitkowski 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.24 Pitches-strikes: B Myers 115-73; R Cormier 20-11; T Worrell 15-10; R Ortiz 116-69; A Almanza 22-11; A Alfonseca 12-7; C Nitkowski 15-9. Ground balls-fly balls: B Myers 12-3; R Cormier 2-0; T Worrell 0-0; R Ortiz 3-6; A Almanza 2-0; A Alfonseca 3-0; C Nitkowski 0-1. Batters faced: B Myers 29; R Cormier 6; T Worrell 3; R Ortiz 29; A Almanza 4; A Alfonseca 4; C Nitkowski 3. UMPIRES: HP--Tim Tschida. 1B--Jeff Nelson. 2B--Marty Foster. 3B--Joe Brinkman. T--2:56. Att--29,252. Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy. Wind: 7 mph, left to right.


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