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33 games in 31 days: Game #31: The Phillies Earn Victory #100, Defeat the Braves, 4-2

The Philadelphia Phillies won their 100th game of the season last night, marking only the third time in the franchise’s history they have exceeded 100 wins.  The Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves by a final score of 4-2.

The Atlanta Braves took the lead in the first inning when Chipper Jones hit a two out solo home run. The knock was his eighteenth home run of the season, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead. The Braves increased their lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and one man out, Alex Gonzalez hit an RBI double that knocked in Matt Diaz, who had earlier doubled.

The Phillies cut the Braves’ lead in half in the fourth with a bases loaded single by Placido Polanco. The single scored Hunter Pence, and may have scored a healthy Ryan Howard.  Howard has been plagued by bursitis in his left ankle and has not been running well.  Howard was instead held at third base.  The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the fifth when Jimmy Rollins hit a solo home run, giving him fifteen on the year.

The Phils then took the lead in the sixth inning as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hit an RBI single that scored Shane Victorino, who had tripled.

With a 3-2 lead in the 8th, the Phillies added an insurance runin the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hit another RBI single, again scoring Shane Victorino. That gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead, and that would hold up as the final score.  Ryan Madson shut the door and collected his thirty-second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out six. Joe Savery collected his first hold of his career as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Michael Stutes received his thirteenth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face, striking out one. Brad Lidge collected his eighth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. 

Atlanta Braves youngster Randall Delgado received a no-decision after he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk. Cristhian Martinez (1-3, 3.40) took the loss as he went a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Eric O’Flaherty pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jonny Venters pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Anthony Varvaro pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The Phils had ten hits in the ballgame, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Singles), Shane Victorino (Double, Triple) and Raul Ibanez (Singles, 2 RBIs) all leading the team with two hits each. Hunter Pence (Single) and Placido Polanco (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits, as the Phils’ offense have now collected thirty-nine hits in their last three games, while scoring sixteen runs, winning the last two games.

The Phils (100-60, 1st) will continue their series with the Braves (89-71, 2nd), with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Turner Field and will start at 7:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), who is coming off a loss against the Nationals on September 22, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 6-1 loss. He will be trying to get his act together, while hoping to end the regular season with a win. The struggling Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92), who is coming off a loss to the Marlins on September 21, as he went six and one-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 4-0 loss. He will be trying to keep the Braves’ Wild Card hopes alive, while hoping the Phils’ just revived offense doesn’t take him to town. The Phils will tonight be trying to tie the club’s record for most wins in a season with the 1976 and 1977 Eastern Division Champs.

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