Atlanta (23-24) at Philadelphia (26-20)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Philadelphia, PA
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Sat May 29, 2004
  • TV: FOX
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The Atlanta Braves are hoping to overcome yet another rash of injuries as they resume a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia’s Tomas Perez homered off Atlanta reliever Antonio Alfonseca in the 10th inning Friday to hand the Braves a 3-2 defeat.

The costliness defeat was magnified when the Braves learned that they will be without rookie first baseman Adam LaRoche for at least the next two weeks and outfielder Chipper Jones for two games.

LaRoche was lost in the second inning when he suffered a separated shoulder in a collision with Phillies catcher Mike Liberthal. Jones was hit on the left knee with a Randy Wolf pitch in the first inning.

All-Star second baseman Marcus Giles is already on the disabled list, along with key utility player Eli Marrero.

“This is just the way things are going for us right now,” Andruw Jones said. “When guys go on the disabled list, guys are going to just have to step up and do the job.”

Reserve infielder Perez did just that for the Phillies in Friday’s win, as he tied the game with an RBI double in the eighth inning and won it with his homer in the 10th.

Perez, starting in place of injured slugger Jim Thome, wasn’t the only Phillie to produce in another’s absence.

Tim Worrell (1-1), the Phillies’ closer since Billy Wagner was injured earlier this month, pitched two scoreless innings for the victory.

Chase Utley, starting for injured second baseman Placido Polanco, singled off Chris Reitsma with one out in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Perez followed with a double down the right-field line, scoring Utley and tying the game at 2.

“They know what their role is and they work hard,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said of his reserves. “To see them get rewarded is nice.”

The Phillies have won three of their last five games, and remain one game behind Florida for the NL East lead.

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