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Phillies Go Over .500 in Beating Braves in Game 2

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         Chase Utley     Adam Eaton    Shane Victorino

Adam Eaton had another quality pitching performance despite walking 3, rightfielder Shane Victorino hit for 3/4 of the cycle (only lacking a double) with an RBI, 2nd baseman Chase Utley drove in 3 runs going 2 for 4, Eaton even helped his own cause with an RBI single and the bullpen was 2 hits shy of another perfect performance as the Phillies finally went over the .500 mark in dumping the Atlanta Braves again by a 6-4 score.

Eaton won his 5th of the season and his 4rd straight quality, start in going 6 innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits.   Meanwhile, Buddy Carlyle, who started his first major league game in 8 years, was KO’ed with none out in the 5th after giving up 5 runs on 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3.

The Braves’ major offensive force was shortsop Edgar Renteria who went 2 for 4 while driving in all 4 of the Braves runs. 

                     Antonio Alfonseca

The Phils’ bullpen was air-tight again as rookie lefthander Mike Zagurski and Geoff Geary protected the lead and Antonio Alfonseca, subbing for injured closer Brett Myers whose strained shoulder has landed him on the  15 day DL, earned his first save with the Phillies and his first save in 4 1/2 seasons, since Sept. 13, 2002 with the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati.

But the team insists that they have yet to hit their stride.  Philadephia Inquirer staff writer Todd Zolecki picked up on this quote from Shane Victorino;

 “We’re still not where we want to be,” said rightfielder Shane Victorino, who went 3 for 5 with a triple, home run and three runs scored yesterday. “Ultimately, we want to be division leaders. We’ve to win these games, and it’s nice to win these games against a team that is ahead of us in the standings. We’ve got to go out there and win the next one.”

For the scores, boxscores and recaps of this and all of Saturday’s games,  click here.

On Sunday, lefthander Cole Hamels opposes Kyle Davies in the get-away game as the Phillies go for their first series sweep of the season.

For the scores, boxscores and recaps of this and all of Sunday’s games,  click here.

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