Another tough loss for Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves.
Well, this one hurt. Atlanta jumped out to an early lead but couldn't hold off the Phillies and lost 4-2.
The Braves got the scoring going in the bottom of the first against Philly starter Cliff Lee, as Chipper Jones launched his 18th home run of the season into the left field seats to make it a 1-0 game.
Atlanta plated another run in the second inning, as Matt Diaz doubled and scored on another double from Alex Gonzalez to up the Braves lead to 2-0.
The Phillies finally scratched across a run against Randall Delgado in the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles to Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard and a walk to Shane Victorino loaded the bases with one out. After a Raul Ibanez pop-out, Placido Polanco singled to center, scoring Pence and cutting the lead to 2-1.
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Jimmy Rollins tied the game in the fifth inning with a solo home run to right field, and that was the last inning for Delgado.
Delgado pitched very well, working out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning and finished with a line of 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
Philadelphia took the lead for good in the sixth inning as Shane Victorino tripled off of Cristhian Martinez. Eric O' Flaherty came in to face Ibanez, and Ibanez grounded out, scoring Victorino and making it a 3-2 game.
Ibanez drove in another run in the top of the eighth inning, scoring Victorino again; this time off Jonny Venters to make it a 4-2 game.
The Braves had runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, but Chipper Jones grounded into a double play to end the inning. Chipper looked like he hurt his knee during the game, and that will be something to keep an eye on.
Cliff Lee pitched six solid innings, giving up five hits, two runs, and no walks while striking out six.
Currently, Houston and St. Louis are tied 4-4 and heading to the ninth inning in Houston. Atlanta's wild card lead is down to 1/2 a game, so let's go Houston!