Philadelphia (11-14) at Atlanta (16-9)

Cloudy Currently: Atlanta, GA
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Tue May 1, 2007
  • TV: CSN, FSS
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The Atlanta Braves are atop of the NL East and can point to their late-inning success against the Philadelphia Phillies as a reason why.

After another dramatic win, the Braves look to continue their early-season dominance over the Phillies when the teams continue a three-game set Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Andruw Jones hit a walk-off three-run homer to lead Atlanta (16-9) to a 5-2 win in Monday’s opener. The Braves are 4-0 against the Phillies this season, and have won five straight dating back to last year.

Atlanta hasn’t won six in a row against the Phillies since July 31, 1999-May 5, 2000.

Jones’ homer was Atlanta’s third game-winning hit in the ninth inning or later in the team’s four games against the Phillies this year. The Braves won two extra-inning games in their season-opening three-game sweep in Philadelphia.

“The games could have gone either way,” Braves manager Bobby Cox told the team’s official Web site. “Lady luck I guess has leaned our way.”

Jones was batting .170 (9-for-53) through the first 15 games, but is 14-for-35 in his last 10.

The Phillies (11-14) managed four hits - all singles - and lost for the third time in five games after a season-high five-game win streak.

“It’s tough to lose today but it kind of sums up how April was for us,” Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard told the team’s official Web site after finishing the month with a disappointing .221 batting average. “April’s done, so now we go into May, turn over a new leaf and get back after it tomorrow.”

Chase Utley went 0-for-3 to snap a nine-game hitting streak. Utley was batting .471 (16-for-34) during the streak and is hitting just .191 on the road — compared to a .392 mark in Philadelphia.

Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.24 ERA) will be seeking his first career win against the Braves on Tuesday. The left-hander allowed four hits in seven shutout innings against Atlanta in his season debut on April 4, but the Braves scored twice in the ninth inning to force extra innings. Atlanta won 3-2 on Scott Thorman’s 11th-inning home run.

Overall, Hamels is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts against Atlanta.

On Thursday, he gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings and took the loss in a 4-2 defeat against Washington.

Struggling Mark Redman (0-3, 10.13) will start for Atlanta. On Tuesday, Redman gave up six runs in three innings, but Atlanta salvaged an 11-6 win over Florida. The left-hander has been limited to three innings or less in two of his four starts this season.

Redman is 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA in five career starts against Philadelphia.

The Braves bullpen will be without closer Bob Wickman, who went on the disabled list Monday with an upper back injury. Wickman had blown two consecutive saves for the first time since September 1999, when he pitched for Milwaukee.

“I believe the last couple days I’ve been hurting the team rather than helping them,” Wickman said.

Mike Gonzalez - who earned the win Monday with a perfect ninth inning - and Rafael Soriano could be used as closers in Wickman’s absence.

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C. Hamels Tex vs. M. Redman Col
15-5 Record 2-4
3.39 ERA 7.62
177 K 27
43 BB 17
1.12 WHIP 1.84


Tuesday, May 1