Atlanta (83-62) at Philadelphia (77-68)

Cloudy Currently: Philadelphia, PA
Temp: 65° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 14, 2005
  • TV: ESPN, CSN
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Pitching at Citizens Bank Park hasn’t worked out very well for Cory Lidle this season.

The right-hander will look to overcome his struggles at home as the Philadelphia Phillies continue a four-game series with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

Lidle earned his second win since the All-Star break Friday, allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings of a 12-5 victory over wild card-leading Florida.

It was Lidle’s first start since Aug. 24 as he had been sidelined with a strained left oblique.

Lidle is 4-5 with a 5.82 ERA in 13 home starts, compared to 6-5 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 road outings.

Philadelphia continued to make things interesting in the NL wild-card race Tuesday, posting a 5-4 victory over the Braves to remain within one game of the Marlins.

Mike Lieberthal drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the sixth inning as the Phillies won their second straight from Atlanta. Philadelphia has won four of five since being swept in Houston last week.

“We’re relaxed, we’re not panicking and we’re not getting overly aggressive when we’re down,” said Philadelphia closer Billy Wagner, who earned his 34th save in 37 chances with a scoreless ninth Tuesday.

While Lidle has struggled at home, Atlanta left-hander Horacio Ramirez has been equally dreadful on the road this season.

The left-hander is 0-4 with a 5.86 ERA in seven road starts since July 1, and 4-0 with a 2.65 ERA in seven home outings during that stretch.

For the season, Ramirez is 8-1 with a 3.35 ERA at home and 3-7 with a 5.50 ERA on the road.

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H. Ramirez ChC vs. C. Lidle NYY
11-9 Record 13-11
4.63 ERA 4.53
80 K 121
67 BB 40
1.39 WHIP 1.35