Philadelphia (80-70) at Atlanta (85-65)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Tue Sep 20, 2005
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The Philadelphia Phillies have had success against Horacio Ramirez this season. They’ll need more of it to stay in the thick of the NL wild-card race as they open a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Ramirez has pitched well at Turner Field this season, going 8-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 14 games. The Phillies, though, are the only team to beat him at home as they had nine hits and seven runs against the left-hander in a 12-5 win on May 28.

Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Bobby Abreu and David Bell are a combined 20-for-39 (.513) against Ramirez with two homers and seven RBIs in four games against him this season.

In those four outings against the Phillies, Ramirez is 1-3 with an 11.88 ERA.

It may be too late for the Phillies to overtake the Braves for the NL East title, but they’re one game behind the Houston Astros in the race for the wild card.

Philadelphia failed to complete a three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 14-6 loss on Sunday.

“You know what? We just stunk up the joint,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We definitely can put this one behind us.”

Rollins, who is hitting .395 (30-for-76) in September, had a seventh-inning triple to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, the fourth-longest in club history and longest since Chuck Klein had a 26-game streak in 1930.

The Braves magic number for clinching a 14th consecutive division title is eight.

Atlanta ended a 4-6 road trip against NL East rivals with a 4-1 loss Sunday to the New York Mets, its fifth defeat in seven games.

“We can’t seem to put a streak together right now with this kind of win one, lose one, win one, lose one,” catcher Johnny Estrada said. “That’s not the way we want to go into the playoffs. We want to grab hold of this thing and hit full stride going into the playoffs.”

Andruw Jones snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a fifth-inning single Sunday, his first hit since reaching the 50-homer mark in Wednesday’s 12-4 loss at Philadelphia.

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