Renteria Powers Braves In Opener

Brett Myers looked every bit of an ace on the mound Monday, but played the part just a little too long. An eighth inning home run from Edgar Renteria tied the game, which the Braves wound up winning 5-3.

This was a day that Brett Myers had waited his whole career for; his coronation as the ace of a major league pitching staff. He held court in his first opening day assignment and was impressive although in hindsight, his session went just a little too long. Edgar Renteria hit a two-out, two-strike home run off Myers in the eighth inning to tie the game and end Myers day. Two innings later, Renteria did the same against Ryan Madson (0-1) and ended the Phillies day with a 5-3 loss.

Myers pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine hitters. Renteria's home run was the second of the day allowed by Myers, who gave up a two-run shot to Brian McCann earlier in the day, allowing the Braves a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies pretty much lost the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Myers led off with a walk and Jimmy Rollins, who had homered earlier in the game, doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley all failed to bring in either of the runners and the Braves took advantage of the miscue in the top of the following inning when Renteria's home run tied the game.

The Phillies battled back from their two-run deficit thanks to Rollins' homerun in the fifth inning that cut the lead to 2-1. An inning later, Pat Burrell poked a two-out single to center field and scored on a Wes Helms double to tie the game. Helms then scored when second baseman Kelly Johnson misplayed a pop-fly off the bat of Aaron Rowand, who was credited with an RBI double on the play as the Phillies took a 3-2 lead.

Renteria homered off Madson in the tenth to put the Braves up and Chad Paronto nailed down his first save with the Atlanta Braves, giving the win to closer Bob Wickman, who had pitched the bottom of the ninth.

After an off day on Tuesday, the two division rivals meet again Wednesday night with Cole Hamels facing Tim Hudson.


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