Late Blasts Power Braves Past Phillies

By scotthumphries

The Braves rallied from a late 3-0 deficit to stun the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night in Atlanta, scoring three times in the ninth inning to tie the game and once in the tenth to win it as they came from behind to beat the Phillies 4-3.

Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Braves delighted the hometown Atlanta crowd and stunned the Phillies as Jason Heyward followed a two-run blast by Troy Glaus with a solo shot of his own to tie the score at 3-3 and send the game to extra innings.

That set the stage for the tenth inning heroics of Nate McLouth, who led off the bottom of the tenth with a game-winning, walk-off solo shot that gave the Braves the 4-3 win.

Philadelphia closer Ryan Madson gave up the dramatic ninth-inning blasts to Glaus and Heyward, blowing a save opportunity, while Jose Conteras (0-1) gave up the walk-off blast to McLouth and took the loss for Philly as the pair combined to waste a strong pitching performance by Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick, who threw eight shutout innings for the Phillies.

Atlanta closer Billy Wagner (1-0) got the win for the Braves.

The Braves’ win and the Phillies’ loss gives the two division rivals identical 8-5 records and leaves them tied for first-place in the NL East going into the series’ second game.

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