Phillies Having a Good Time Against Atlanta

The Phillies sent rookie pitchers to the mound in the first two games of an important series against Atlanta and came out winners both nights. Gavin Floyd didn't equal the success of Eude Brito, but he kept the Phillies in the game and they eventually picked up a 5-4 win over Atlanta.

In two other appearances against Atlanta, Gavin Floyd was simply horrible. In a return engagement, Floyd wasn't dominating and the Phils needed a comeback to win, but he at least kept them close and should have garnered some confidence from his latest outing.

Floyd pitched five innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out Andruw Jones twice, once with runners on second and third with nobody out. The Braves scored four runs off Floyd in the fifth, leading to his exit with the Phillies trailing 4-2.

Aaron Fultz (4-0) came on to pitch the sixth and had perfect timing. The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when with two outs, Jimmy Rollins doubled and scored on a base hit by Kenny Lofton. Chase Utley then doubled and Lofton scored to make it a 4-4 game.

Foltz got the win with just one inning of work, when the Phillies scored a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Howard, who earlier launched his 17th homerun of the season, doubled and scored on a single by Mike Lieberthal as the Phillies took a 5-4 lead.

Ryan Madson and Ugueth Urbina shut down the Braves over the seventh and eighth and Billy Wagner threw a shutout in the ninth to notch his 34th save of the season.

Rollins' double in the fifth extended his hitting streak to 19 games, the longest by a Phillie since Lenny Dykstra hit in 23 straight in 1990.

The night's action left the Phillies a game behind Florida in the wild card race and six games behind the Braves in the division standings.

The series continues Wednesday night with Cory Lidle (10-10, 4.77) going against Horacio Ramirez (11-8, 4.43).

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