ATLANTA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies didn't like the idea of
being in second place.
One night after falling out of the NL East lead, the Phillies
rallied for their 30th come-from-behind win of the season, a 4-3
victory over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings Tuesday night.
The Phillies scored two unearned runs in the eighth to tie the
game at 3, then went ahead on Bobby Abreu's RBI single in the 10th.
Billy Wagner escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom
half, retiring Marcus Giles and J.D. Drew to end the game.
"We had to win this game," Wagner said. "It was a must win."
With a 4-2 loss on Monday, Philadelphia fell out of the division
lead for the first time since June 27. The Braves, winners of 12
straight division titles, were poised to stretch their lead to two
games behind another strong outing from Jaret Wright.
But the Phillies came from behind again -- they lead the NL in
that category -- and head home tied for the lead.
"This was a game we definitely needed," manager Larry Bowa
said. "It was a two-game swing."
In the 10th, Jimmy Rollins led off with a single against Antonio
Alfonseca (5-4) and stole second. Chase Utley put down a bunt in
front of the plate, but catcher Eddie Perez bobbled the ball to
leave runners at first and third.
Sam McConnell took over for Alfonseca, but Abreu managed a
single up the middle to put Philadelphia ahead. Shortstop Rafael
Furcal, playing in trying to cut off a run at the plate, dove for
the ball but only managed to deflect it just beyond the infield
"We had to win this game," Abreu said. "This is a team that
never gives up. It has a lot of confidence."
In the bottom half, Wagner allowed singles to Andruw Jones and
Eli Marrero, Mark DeRosa bunted them over and Wagner walked Furcal
intentionally to load the bases. Wagner fell behind 3-1 in the
count to Giles, then got a broken-bat grounder to third, forcing
Jones at the plate.
Wagner completely shattered Drew's bat on a soft liner to first
base, ending the game and giving the Phillies closer his 15th save.
"I'd like to go out 1-2-3 every time," Wagner said. "But they
did a good job of getting one back. They put me in a situation
where I had to make pitches. It was fun."
Tim Worrell (3-3) earned the win with a scoreless ninth.
Giles hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Jones added a
solo shot in the seventh that pushed the Braves to a 3-1 lead.
Wright went seven innings, allowing just four hits and a run,
but could only watch as the Phillies bounced back in the eighth.
Wright hasn't lost since May 22, going 5-0 with six no-decisions
during that span. But his record (7-5) would be much better if the
bullpen had done a better job of protecting leads.
"After something like that, you've got to forget about it as
quick as you can," Wright said. "We have been playing good
baseball. We had them on their heels. We just couldn't finish on
the right side."
Things started well. The Braves began the bottom of the first
with three straight hits off Eric Milton, but the scorebook was a
Furcal led off with a liner to center that was played horribly
by Jason Michaels. The outfielder broke in, stopped as if about to
make the catch, then leaped futilely for the ball as it sailed over
his head and rolled all the way to the wall. Furcal sped around to
third with a gift triple.
Michaels broke back on the next one but could only watch as
Giles' 409-foot drive landed in the center-field stands for his
fifth homer of the season. Giles has homered twice since coming off
the disabled list last week, having missed 52 games with a broken
Milton allowed just five hits in seven innings, the homers by
Giles and Jones accounting for all the runs.
Rollins' RBI single in the second drove in the lone run off
Wright. Abreu started the third with a double, but that would be
the last Phillies hit off Wright.
The right-hander faced the minimum the rest of his stint. The
lone baserunner -- Thome reached on a walk in the sixth -- was erased
by a double play.
Drew didn't waste any time keeping his career-best hitting
streak alive. Drew doubled in the first, stretching his streak to
17 games. ... Philadelphia is still only 9-19 against the other top
three teams in the NL East. ... The Braves announced that IF Jesse
Garcia had accepted an assignment to Triple-A Richmond. He was
outrighted to the minors last week when Giles came off the DL.