Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 25
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Philadelphia6
Game 2: Wednesday, September 26
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Philadelphia5
Game 3: Thursday, September 27
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Philadelphia6

Braves 2

(83-75, 39-38 away)

Phillies 5

(86-72, 44-33 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 26, 2007

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    ATL 000200000 2 6 1
    PHI 10300010 - 5 8 0

    W: K. Lohse (9-12)

    L: T. Hudson (16-10)

    S: B. Myers (20)

    Chipper error dooms Braves in loss to Lohse, Phils

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: The Phillies took advantage of Braves third baseman Chipper Jones' throwing error to score three unearned runs off Tim Hudson in a 5-2 victory.

    • Hunt for October: Philadelphia moved within one game of NL East-leading New York, which lost 9-6 to Washington. The loss all but eliminated Atlanta from postseason contention. Philly is tied with Colorado, one game behind a victorious San Diego in the wild-card standings.

    Kyle
    Lohse
    • Hero: Starter Kyle Lohse allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out five and becoming the first Philadelphia starter to go seven innings since Jamie Moyer on Sept. 14

    • Figure this: Jimmy Rollins is one triple shy of becoming the fourth player in major-league history to have 20 doubles, triples, homers and steals in a season. He tied Juan Samuel, who had 19 triples in 1984, for the Phillies season record for triples.

    • Quotable: "I haven't seen Chipper throw the ball away since maybe never." -- Braves skipper Bobby Cox

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Phillies 5, Braves 2

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Kyle Lohse gave the Phillies something they've sorely lacked down the stretch. Then Washington helped them move closer to first place.

    Lohse became the first Phillies starter to pitch seven innings in two weeks and Philadelphia moved within one game of NL East-leading New York with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

    Several players gathered in the clubhouse and ate their post-game meals while watching the Nationals beat the Mets 9-6. The Phillies and Mets have four games remaining.

    "It's a lot of fun," Lohse said. "You have a lot of pressure, but you have to block it out."

    The Phillies (86-72) haven't spent a day in first place all season and were seven games behind the Mets after losing to Colorado on Sept. 12. One game is their closest margin since Opening Day.

    Philadelphia is tied with Colorado, one game behind San Diego in the wild-card standings. The Rockies beat the Dodgers 2-0, and the Padres beat the Giants 11-3 on Wednesday night.

    Wasting Away
    The largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later), as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau. Date of largest lead is listed:
    Date
    Team
    Lead
    Sept. 1, 1938Pirates7
    Sept. 6, 1934NY Giants7
    Sept. 4, 1995Calif. Angels
    Sept. 20, 1964Phillies
    Sept. 8, 1951Br. Dodgers

    Lohse (9-12) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out five and becoming the first Phillies starter to go seven innings since Jamie Moyer on Sept. 14.

    "He pitched a heck of a game and took us exactly where we needed to go," manager Charlie Manuel said.

    Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino hit a solo homer, Greg Dobbs had a key two-run single and Philadelphia took advantage of third baseman Chipper Jones' throwing error to score three unearned runs off Tim Hudson (16-10).

    The loss all but eliminated Atlanta from postseason contention. The Braves (83-75) remain alive, but have to win their last four games and get a lot of help to pass Colorado, Philadelphia and San Diego.

    "They're a good ballclub. They make the best of what they get," Hudson said of the Phillies.

    If the players weren't scoreboard watching, the fans certainly were. They frantically waved their white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" towels and cheered wildly when the Nationals rallied from a four-run deficit to take the lead against the Mets in the fifth inning of that game.

    "I kind of knew they were up when you hear the noise," Manuel said.

    Mark Teixeira's two-run shot was the only offense for the Braves, who are close to missing the playoffs for the second straight year after winning an unprecedented 14 consecutive division titles.


    Division Magic Numbers
    MLB
    The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
    AL EAST
    x-Red Sox2
    AL CENTRAL
    x-IndiansWon division
    AL WEST
    x-AngelsWon division
    NL EAST
    Mets4
    NL CENTRAL
    Cubs3
    NL WEST
    D-backs4
    x-clinched playoff spot

    After Lohse departed, Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero combined for a scoreless eighth and Brett Myers finished with a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.

    Jimmy Rollins hit his 19th triple leading off the bottom of the first, a hard liner to center that just eluded a diving Andruw Jones. With two outs, Ryan Howard delivered an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Howard hit three homers in consecutive at-bats off Hudson in a game last September in Philadelphia.

    Shaky defense helped the Phillies score three times in the third. Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with one out and went to second on Pat Burrell's bouncer to the mound. Hudson could've started an inning-ending double play, but he dropped the ball and settled for getting Burrell at first.

    After Howard was intentionally walked, Aaron Rowand hit a sharp bouncer to Chipper Jones, who tried to tag Utley as he ran past. Utley slid in the basepath to avoid the tag and Jones threw wild to first for only his ninth error. Utley scored and the runners advanced to second and third. Dobbs followed with a two-run single to make it 4-0.

    "I haven't seen Chipper throw the ball away since maybe never," manager Bobby Cox said.

    The Braves quickly sliced the deficit in half on Teixeira's two-run drive in the fourth. Teixeira has 16 homers and 54 RBIs in 50 games with Atlanta.

    Victorino, who isn't starting because of a calf injury, hit one into the second deck in right field to put the Phillies ahead 5-2 in the seventh.

    Hudson gave up five runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in six-plus innings.

    Lohse lasted just two innings and gave up six runs in his previous start at Washington last Thursday. He pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Nationals on Sunday, getting his side work in during a game to help an overworked bullpen.

    Game notes


    Utley's 19-game hitting streak ended. ... Rollins is one triple shy of becoming the fourth player in major-league history to have 20 doubles, triples, homers and steals in a season. He tied Juan Samuel for the club's season record for triples. Samuel had 19 in 1984. ... Utley has been hit by pitch 24 times to lead the majors. ... Teixeira has 29 homers and 103 RBIs overall with the Braves and Texas this season.

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