Ideally, the Phillies wouldn't have had two rookies pitching in the first two games of their series with Atlanta. However, it didn't turn out too badly Monday night as Eude Brito beat the Braves for his first major league win and it couldn't have come at a better time.
got perhaps the best advice of his career from a friend who told him "be careful with Andruw Jones
." While the advise may have been a bit of an understatement, it was good and well heeded. Jones managed just a pop-fly to second baseman Chase Utley
and a fielder's choice ground ball against Brito as the Phillies beat Atlanta 4-1.
Brito finished the night giving the Phillies six shutout innings and allowing only three hits and one walk. He had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings of work until Brian Jordan singled to left to end the no-hit bid.
If his pitching wasn't enough, Brito chipped in with a leadoff single against Tim Hudson (12-8) in the third and eventually advanced to third before scoring on a base hit from Pat Burrell that scored Brito and Kenny Lofton to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
An error on Marcus Giles and a fielder's choice ground ball from Ryan Howard plated two more runs for the Phillies in the fifth as they extended their lead to 4-0.
When Brito exited, Ryan Madson threw one shutout inning before Ugueth Urbina came on and gave up a pinch-hit homerun to Todd Hollandsworth in the eighth to cut the Phils lead to 4-1. Billy Wagner threw a perfect ninth for his 33rd save of the season.
The win put the Phillies one game behind Florida in the wild card race and seven games behind Atlanta in the division.
The Phillies will have rookie Gavin Floyd (1-2, 11.25) going against John Thomson (3-4, 4.60) on Tuesday night.