Mike Lieberthal drove in four runs and Jimmy Rollins added three
RBI as the Phillies rebounded from a pair of disappointing
losses with a convincing 16-4 victory over the Braves in the
second game of a day-night doubleheader.
Philadelphia dropped a 4-3 decision in Saturday's opener as
Arthur Rhodes surrendered a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche in the
ninth. It was the second straight setback for the Phillies,
who were coming off Thursday's 6-5 defeat to Washington in which
they squandered leads of 4-2 in the ninth and 5-4 in the 10th.
In avoiding their first three-game slide since late July, the
Phillies pounded out a season-high 20 hits -- including one by
every starter -- and scored in each of the first six innings for
the first time since July 29, 1999.
Rollins delivered an RBI double to ignite a three-run second
inning and provided sacrifice flies to cap both a three-run
third and a four-run fourth.
Lieberthal, who entered hitting .318 with nine RBI in his last
13 games, hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Braves
starter Kyle Davies (2-4). He added a sacrifice fly in the
fourth and capped the Phillies' offense with an RBI single in
Philadelphia's mainstays were not the only ones who got into the
act. Jose Hernandez matched a career high with four hits and
added two RBI. Fellow newcomer Jeff Conine had three hits,
scored three runs and drove in two more and Randall Simon, the
team's latest acquisition, delivered a pinch RBI single in his
Despite the Phillies' impressive totals, the game got off to a
horrible start for them. Emergency starter Scott Mathieson left
after only six pitches with a sprained right elbow and fellow
rookie Eude Brito (1-2) came on and promptly allowed a two-run
homer to Chipper Jones.
However, Brito settled down to give Philadelphia four critical
innings. The lefthander allowed two runs and four hits in his
first relief outing of the season and first major league
appearance of any kind since July 8.
The Phillies (68-67) moved within one-half game of the San Diego
Padres in the National League wild-card race. The Braves sit
four games off the pace.