Late Homers Help Phillies Sink Braves In Extra Innings

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Erik Kratz #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies is congratultaed by teammates after hitting a 9th inning home run against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Losses like this feel like a punch to the gut.

The Braves forced an early exit for Roy Halladay, but a pair of late-inning Phillies homers led to an 8-5 loss.

Ryan Howard hit the first pitch from Mike Minor in the second inning for the first score of the game. Atlanta put two on in each of the first two innings, but failed to produce a hit with runners on base until Paul Janish singled with two outs in the fourth. Unfortunately, Chipper Jones was thrown out at the plate in a collision with catcher Erik Kratz.

Martin Prado, though, turned the game around in the fifth. With Minor on first and one out, Prado clubbed a two-run homer to left to give Atlanta the lead. The home run was the 50th of Prado's career, but the Braves weren't done. Halladay walked Chipper with two outs before Freddie Freeman crushed a home run of his own to center to give Atlanta a 4-1 lead. That homer signaled the end for Halladay, who also walked four.

The Phillies answered back in the sixth inning with three straight singles to load the bases before Ryan Howard chased Minor with a lazy two-run single that dropped in center. A sacrifice fly by Ty Wigginton against Chad Durbin tied the game at four.

Leading off the bottom of the sixth, Dan Uggla untied the game with a long home run to center off reliever Jeremy Horst, giving Atlanta a 5-4 lead.

With one out in the eighth, Paul Janish lined a double off Phillippe Aumont. After a throwing error, Janish was at third with two outs when Aumont fired a wild pitch that likely could've scored him. Whatever the reason was, Janish did not try to score and the inning ended two pitches later, a much-needed insurance run stranded 90 feet away.

Craig Kimbrel was summoned to put the Phillies away in the ninth, but an 0-2 pitch to Erik Kratz was belted for a game-tying home run. The game only got worse in extra innings. Following a leadoff single and an intentional walk to Howard, John Mayberry launched a three-run homer off Cristhian Martinez for the final runs of the game.

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