Philadelphia (72-64) at Atlanta (69-68)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 3, 2007
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The Philadelphia Phillies had plenty of success in their most recent trip to Turner Field.

The second-place Phillies hope for a repeat performance as they try to avoid a third straight loss Monday when they open a three-game road set against the struggling Atlanta Braves.

Philadelphia (72-64) suffered a disappointing 7-6 loss at Florida on Sunday to drop the final two games of that series after winning six in a row. The loss dropped the Phillies four games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets, who beat Atlanta 3-2 on Sunday to sweep the third-place Braves, who are 7 1/2 games out of first.

A trip to Atlanta could help the Phillies end their skid. Philadelphia swept a three-game series from the Braves (69-68) from May 25-27 and is 4-2 at Turner Field in 2007.

The Phillies, who have won five of their last six against the Braves, led 5-0 Sunday, but Florida tied a team record with five home runs to rally for the win.

“We needed this one,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. “We jump out there and get a five-spot - there’s no way that should be given up.”

Aaron Rowand went 3-for-5 and Ryan Howard was 2-for-4 for Philadelphia. Rowand is batting .325 (13-for-40) against the Braves this season, while Howard has four homers and 14 RBIs in 12 games against Atlanta.

The Phillies also trail Arizona by three games for the NL wild card.

Jamie Moyer (12-10, 5.08 ERA) looks to win his second straight start and beat the Braves for the third time this season when he takes the ball for the Phillies on Monday.

The 44-year-old veteran allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings of a 3-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday after giving up 13 earned runs in 8 2-3 innings over his previous two starts - both losses.

The left-hander, who is 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA in 10 games - nine starts - lifetime against Atlanta, is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 2007 versus the Braves.

On Sunday, Kelly Johnson and Matt Diaz each had two hits for the Braves, who were outscored 15-4 in the series and are facing their largest division deficit of 2007. Atlanta has lost nine of 12 and is 22-26 since the All-Star break.

“I think what’s a shock is we only scored four runs in three games,” said John Smoltz, who took the loss for Atlanta on Sunday. “To me, that’s a shock.”

Chipper Jones went 1-for-4 Sunday after going 0-for-10 in his previous three games. Jones has three homers and nine RBIs in nine games against Philadelphia this season.

Lance Cormier (1-4, 7.59) will try to build off his first win of the season when he takes the ball for the Braves. Cormier allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings of a 13-2 win at Florida last Monday.

The right-hander, who will be making his seventh start of the year, has allowed eight earned runs over his last three starts after giving up 17 in his first three.

“The confidence is there that every time I go out there, I’m going to be the same,” Cormier told the Braves’ official Web site. “I can go out there and compete with them.”

Cormier is 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Phillies in his career. He allowed four runs in four innings of Atlanta’s 7-5 win at Philadelphia on Aug. 11.

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J. Moyer Tor vs. L. Cormier TB
14-12 Record 2-6
5.01 ERA 7.09
133 K 27
66 BB 22
1.44 WHIP 1.71


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