Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Diaz hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning, Eric Hinske added a two-run homer and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Yunel Escobar singled off David Herndon (0-2) to start the 11th and scored when Diaz ripped a liner to the gap in right-center. Mike Zagurski got the next two outs before Hinske connected.
Jesse Chavez (1-1) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win. Billy Wagner finished for his 18th save in 21 chances.
Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which managed just three hits.
The two-time NL champion Phillies fell five games behind the Braves. They will try to win the series when 47-year-old Jamie Moyer goes for his 10th victory on Wednesday night.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings, striking out eight. The 2008 World Series MVP is 1-5 in his last eight starts, despite allowing three earned runs or less in seven of them.
Atlanta's Jair Jurrjens allowed three runs and just two hits in six-plus innings. Two of the three batters he walked scored.
After the Braves took a 3-2 lead on Martin Prado's solo homer in the seventh, the Phillies answered quickly in the bottom half. Ibanez walked to start the inning. Ryan Howard then hit an opposite-field triple that just eluded left fielder Diaz's leaping attempt. The ball bounced away from Diaz, allowing the slow-footed Howard to reach third standing.