Braves Beat Phillies, Take NL East Lead

By scotthumphries

Tommy Hanson pitched 6 and 2/3 strong innings to get his fifth win of the season, and Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus connected for a pair of homeruns, as the Braves beat        the Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 this afternoon in Atlanta.

Hanson (5-3) pitched 6 and 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball to get his fifth win of the year, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters that he faced, while Jones, Glaus, Eric Hinske, and Yunel Escobar combined for seven hits and nine runs-batted-in as the Braves pounded Phillies’ pitching for 11 hits and nine runs in the lopsided win.

Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton was ripped for eight hits and six runs in six innings and took the loss for the Phillies.

The Braves scored three in the first and three in the third to jump out to an early 6-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised on to the easy 9-3 win.

The Phillies cut the lead to 6-3 with a three-run seventh inning, but the Braves quicky restored their six-run lead, going up 9-3 on a three-run blast by the hot-hitting Troy Glaus, who increased his National League leading May rbi total to 28 with the        three-run shot.

Jonny Venters pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for the Braves, lowering his ERA to 0.89, and Jesse Chavez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game for Atlanta.

The win was the sixth straight win and 16th win in 20 games for the red-hot Braves, who improved to 29-22, and moved into first place in the NL East with the win, while the loss dropped the slumping Phillies to 28-22 and into second place in the NL East.

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