Braves 5, Phillies 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Even without their two stars, the Atlanta Braves got back on track.
“We’re missing two big bats but we’ve got enough in there,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “A great ballgame. Ramirez and Myers were both on their game.”
“Every day you have to step up a little more,” Wickman said. “It’s a good feeling to win a game with (Chipper and Andruw Jones) out of the lineup.”
Renteria is doing his part. The shortstop is 4-for-8 in this series.
Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 23 games for the Phillies, tying Renteria for the longest in the majors this season.
Myers (6-4) pitched into the ninth inning in his first home start since being arrested on domestic assault and battery on his wife in Boston. The incident happened in June before the Phillies were scheduled to play a three-game series with the Red Sox.
He received a small and mixed reaction when he was introduced during the starting lineups before the game. The reaction grew louder, with boos and cheers on both sides, before Myers stepped to the plate for his first at-bat.
Other than Renteria’s leadoff homer in the fourth, Myers dominated through the first eight innings. He set down the side in order five times and retired 12 straight from the fifth to the ninth inning.
Marcus Giles drew a leadoff walk to end that stretch and Renteria followed with a liner down into the left-field corner to score Giles easily and chase Myers.
Myers left to a wave of cheers. He acknowledged the crowd by tipping his hat.
“I have total respect for the fans and I appreciated that a lot,” Myers said. “I want to thank them for that.”
Myers gave up three runs and four hits in eight-plus innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
“Brett had good stuff and that’s why I let him go out there in the ninth,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “Hopefully, we can put that whole situation behind us now.”
Manuel said he wasn’t surprised by the fans’ reaction.
“The Philly fans are good baseball fans and (Sunday) was a good indication of that,” he said.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard and David Bell strung together three singles to load the bases. Mike Lieberthal followed with a soft grounder to shortstop Renteria, who only had one play at first base, enabling Burrell to score.
Renteria tied it when he drove the first pitch of the fourth inning to the seats in left-center field. It was his 11th homer.
Chipper Jones’ replacement, Wilson Betemit, made two sensational plays, including the start of a nifty 5-4-3 double play in the sixth inning. The Braves turned three double plays in the game.
Ramirez scattered 10 hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
“Ramirez gave up a few hits but he’s a groundball pitcher and we had three double-plays,” Cox said.
The Phillies fell to 13-3 on Sundays. … Utley’s hitting streak is the seventh longest by a Phillies, a list topped by Jimmy Rollins’ 38-game streak in 2005-06. … Francoeur is hitless in 14 career at-bats against Myers.