Braves Vs. Phillies Recap: Despite Strong Outing From Cliff Lee, Phillies Fall, 2-1

The Phillies are now five games back of St. Louis in the NL Wild Card standings after a 2-1 loss over the Braves on Sunday.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. Philadelphia Phillies Final Score: Phillies Fall, 2-1

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies dropped two of the three games in the three-game set. The loss dropped the Phillies five games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race.

David Ross hit a home run in the second inning to give the Braves an early lead. A Dan Uggla sacrifice fly doubled the Braves lead in the third inning. Chase Utley's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning would provide the only run for the Phillies in the game.

Cliff Lee went eight innings in the loss for the Phillies. Lee scattered nine hits while allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out 11 batters. Tim Hudson went 7 1/3 innings in the win for the Braves, striking out four batters while walking one and allowing two hits and one unearned run. Craig Kimbrel picked up his 39th save for the Braves for pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Phillies (77-76) will begin their next series on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals (92-60) at Citizens Bank Park.


Final - 9.23.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
WP: Tim Hudson (16 - 6)
SV: Craig Kimbrel (39)
LP: Cliff Lee (6 - 8)

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Braves Vs. Phillies Recap: Philly Gets Roughed Up, 8-2

Philadelphia's five game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday when the Braves beat up on the Phillies, 8-2. Roy Halladay only lasted 1⅔ innings, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and three walks. He also struck out three. Mike Minor earned the win, going six innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out six.

Freddie Freeman got the Braves off to a fast start in the first inning with a three-run home run. Things just got worse for the Phils in the second innings when Jason Heyward hit a bases-clearing, three-run double, which chased Halladay from the game. Chipper Jones followed that up with a double of his own, scoring Heyward to make it 7-0.

The Phillies got on the board with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from Darin Ruf in the third inning, and Ryan Howard hit a home run to make it 7-2. However, the Phillies wouldn't get any closer.

The loss dropped Philadelphia four games behind the Cardinals for the last Wild Card spot. The Phillies and Braves play again on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

For more on the Phillies, head over to The Good Phight. For the Braves perspective, check out Talking Chop. Don't forget to check out Baseball Nation for news from across the league.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Preview: Roy Halladay Takes The Hill As Phils Go For 5th Straight Win

The Philadelphia Phillies with try to clinch their weekend series against the Braves on Saturday and pick up their fifth straight win on the way. The Phils opened their series on Friday night with a comfortable 6-2 win over the NL East rival as Kyle Kendrick was steady through six and the offense launched four solo homers. The win moved the Phils just three games back of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

Charlie Manuel will now turn to Roy Halladay to keep the streak going. Halladay has a 4.12 ERA in three September starts, and the Phils will need him to shut down the Atlanta lineup to keep pace with the Brewers and Dodgers. But he hasn't fared well against the Braves this season, posting an 8.44 ERA in three starts.

Opposite Hallday will be Mike Minor, who enters the game with a 9-10 record and 4.31 ERA. But the young lefty has been lights-out this month with a 0.48 ERA in three starts. He's coming off a win in which he silenced the Nationals and appears to be in form at the season's most crucial time.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park and the game will be nationally broadcast on FOX.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Recap: Kyle Kendrick Pitches Philly To 4th Straight Win

The Phillies are now just three games back of St. Louis in the Wild Card standings after a 6-2 win over the Braves on Friday.

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