Phillies Start Trip With 3-1 Loss in Atlanta

In a pinch, Travis Smith filled in for the streaking Atlanta Braves. Thrown into his fourth start of the season due to Mike Hampton's stiff neck, Smith threw five solid innings in the Braves' 3-1 victory over the Phillies. Meanwhile, Eric Milton was able to last just four innings as the Phillies started a ten-game road trip on the wrong foot.

Travis Smith (1-3), in his first start since June 13, allowed a run and five hits to beat the Phillies 3-1. Smith hadn't recorded a major league win for a little over two years.

The win was the 12th in the last 14 games for Atlanta, which extended its lead in the National League East to nine games over the idle Florida Marlins.

Tom Martin and Antonio Alfonseca both threw a scoreless inning, and John Smoltz stranded two baserunners in the eighth before notching his 36th save in 39 chances with 1 2/3 hitless innings.

Andruw Jones hit his 25th home run of the season in the second inning and added an RBI single in the third, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead.

After drawing four walks in a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Expos Sunday, J.D. Drew reached base in five plate appearances for the second consecutive game, singling, doubling and taking three walks. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Phillies starter Eric Milton (13-4) gave up three runs and six hits in four innings for his second consecutive loss. The lefty also walked four.

Jimmy Rollins doubled twice, scoring the Phillies' lone run on a single by Jim Thome in the fourth inning.

The series continues Tuesday, unless the effects of hurricane Frances bring too much wet weather. Vicente Padilla (5-7, 4.16) is set to face Jaret Wright (14-6, 3.19).


PHILADELPHIA (1) VS ATLANTA (3) - FINAL PHILADELPHIA a b r h rbi bb so lob avg J Rollins ss 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .282 P Polanco 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .279 B Abreu rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .292 J Thome 1b 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .276 D Bell 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288 J Michaels cf 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .263 P Burrell lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .262 M Lieberthal c 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .255 E Milton p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .127 a-R Howard ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 L Collier pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296 R Madson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 A Telemaco p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-C Utley ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .265 R Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 F Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 R Cormier p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 32 1 7 1 2 3 12 a-singled to center for E Milton in the 5th; b-grounded to first for A Telemaco in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - J Rollins 2 (38, T Smith, C Reitsma). RBI - J Thome (92). 2-out RBI - J Thome. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - C Utley 1, J Thome 1, P Polanco 2. Team LOB - 6. BASERUNNING: SB - J Michaels (2, 2nd base off A Alfonseca/E Perez). FIELDING: DP: 3 (J Rollins-P Polanco-J Thome 3). ATLANTA ab r h rbi bb so lob avg R Furcal ss 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 .290 M Giles 2b 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 .297 J Drew rf 2 1 2 0 3 0 0 .312 C Jones 3b 3 1 0 0 2 1 6 .255 E Marrero lf 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .340 J Franco 1b 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .306 J Smoltz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 A Jones cf 3 1 2 2 1 1 3 .265 E Perez c 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 .203 b-J Estrada ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .324 T Smith p 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 .167 T Martin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-D Wise ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .233 A Alfonseca p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 C Reitsma p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 A LaRoche 1b 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .276 Totals 33 3 12 3 7 5 28 a-struck out swinging for T Martin in the 6th; b-struck out swinging for E Perez in the 7th. BATTING: 2B - J Drew (24, E Milton). HR - A Jones (25, 2nd inning off E Milton 0 on, 1 Out). RBI - A Jones 2 (82), J Franco (49). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Estrada 2, E Marrero 2, T Smith 2. GIDP - E Perez, M Giles, C Jones. Team LOB - 13. FIELDING: Outfield assists - A Jones (J Michaels at Home). DP: 1 (J Franco). ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA - 000 100 000 -- 1 ATLANTA - 012 000 00x -- 3 ---------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA ip h r er bb so hr era E Milton (L, 13-4) 4 6 3 3 4 2 1 4.69 R Madson 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.03 A Telemaco 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.00 R Hernandez 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5.33 F Rodriguez 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.37 R Cormier 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.69 ATLANTA ip h r er bb so hr era T Smith (W, 1-3) 5 5 1 1 2 0 0 6.14 T Martin (H, 14) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.79 A Alfonseca (H, 9) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.97 C Reitsma (H, 27) 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.45 J Smoltz (S, 36) 1 2/3 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.05 R Hernandez pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Pitches-strikes: E Milton 84-47; R Madson 16-8; A Telemaco 6-5; R Hernandez 9-1; F Rodriguez 18-12; R Cormier 11-6; T Smith 86-50; T Martin 9-5; A Alfonseca 22-11; C Reitsma 4-3; J Smoltz 18-12. Ground balls-fly balls: E Milton 4-6; R Madson 2-1; A Telemaco 2-0; R Hernandez 0-0; F Rodriguez 0-1; R Cormier 3-0; T Smith 5-8; T Martin 0-3; A Alfonseca 1-0; C Reitsma 1-0; J Smoltz 1-3. Batters faced: E Milton 22; R Madson 4; A Telemaco 3; R Hernandez 2; F Rodriguez 4; R Cormier 5; T Smith 20; T Martin 3; A Alfonseca 4; C Reitsma 2; J Smoltz 5. UMPIRES: HP--Randy Marsh. 1B--Larry Vanover. 2B--Paul Nauert. 3B--Lance Barksdale. T--2:54. Att--31,949. Weather: 78 degrees, overcast. Wind: 30 mph, right to left.


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