Phils' Loss Shuffles Wild Cards

There really is a big difference between taking three-out-of-four and sweeping a team. Instead of gaining four full games on the Braves and staying in the NL Wild Card lead, the Phillies gained just two games on the Braves and are 1/2 game behind Houston for the wild card.

Chipper Jones launched two homeruns and tied a career-high with five RBI as the Braves salvaged a game in Philadelphia with a 6-4 win over the Phillies.

Jones, who was hurt in the opener of the series and wasn't expected to play until this weekend, hit a three-run homerun in the third and a two-run shot in the seventh to account for five of the Braves six runs. The other run came on a solo homerun from Adam LaRoche.

The Braves are now six games ahead of the Phillies and Marlins in the NL East. Florida lost to Houston, so they and the Phillies both trail the Astros by 1/2 game in the NL Wild Card Standings.

Jorge Sosa (12-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings to get the win and Brett Myers (12-8) was hit for four runs in six innings and suffered the loss. Kyle Farnsworth got the last four outs for his seventh save since joining the Braves on July 31. He retired Chase Utley on a grounder to first to leave runners at second and third in the eighth, but gave up a solo homer to Ryan Howard, his 18th, in the ninth.

Bobby Abreu hit his 24th homerun of the season, a two-run shot off Sosa in the fifth to make it a 3-2 game at the time.

"I think 87 or 88 wins will win this (the wild card)," said a confident Charlie Manuel after the game. With the Phillies at 78-69, they would need ten wins in 15 games to reach that goal. The Phillies play 12 of those 15 games on the road.

The Phillies loaded the bases against Sosa in the first inning, but Pat Burrell popped out and Howard hit a fly ball to deep center field that Andruw Jones was able to track down on the warning track to end the inning. Actually, the Phillies put a runner in scoring position in the first four innings of the game, but couldn't push across a run.

Jimmy Rollins had three hits, extending his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. Rollins now holds the longest streak in the National League this season, besting the Mets Jose Reyes and Cliff Floyd who each had 20 game streaks earlier in the year. Since 1900, the longest hitting streak for a Phillie was 26 games by Chuck Klein in 1930. Rollins also stole two bases to give him 36 on the season as the Phillies swiped a season-high bave bases in the game.


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