The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to forget how they finished June.
After winning 11 of 12 to start the month, the Phillies dropped 11 of 15 games to close out June. They now look to open July with a series win over the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia rebounded from Friday’s 9-1 loss to Atlanta, with a 6-3 win over the Braves on Saturday. Pat Burrell and David Bell homered, while Brett Myers took a shutout into the ninth inning to lead the Phillies to a win for just the third time in 13 games.
“He (Myers) had a gem going. That’s what we needed,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “He had real good command of his breaking ball and his fastball.”
Even Atlanta manager Bobby Cox had to tip his hat to Myers.
“He got ahead of everybody,” Cox said. “That’s one of the best jobs against us all year. He was absolutely dynamite.”
Philadelphia’s win combined with New York’s loss on Saturday, moved the Phillies out of last place and into fourth, surpassing the Mets in the NL East standings.
Atlanta’s loss on Saturday put the Braves six games behind Washington for first place in the NL East. Before the loss Atlanta had won seven of 10 games, including a three-game series sweep of Baltimore and a four-game split with Florida. Atlanta hopes to fare better against Philadelphia’s starter Robinson Tejeda than they did against Myers.
The Braves combat Tejeda with Jorge Sosa, whose four wins this season have all come on the road.