The Phillies set a number of club records and put a serious dent in the playoff hopes of the Braves with a 7-1 rout at Turner field Tuesday night. With their 101st win the Phils tied the club record victories in a season, broke their record with 49 road wins and Charlie Manuel moved into a tie with Gene Mauch for the most all time wins in club history.
Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Hunter Pence all homered, while Roy Oswalt threw six scoreless innings in his final warmup before the NLDS. Jimmy Rollins also stole his 30th base, the ninth time he’s reached that plateau in his career.
The Phils knocked around Braves starter Derek Lowe, who served up five runs on six hits in just over four innings of work. The veteran is now 0-5 with an 8.75 ERA in September. The Braves have now lost seven of nine and are just 9-17 in September. Their 8.5 game lead in the wildcard is down to just a half game and if St Louis maintains their lead in Houston tonight, the Braves wildcard lead is gone.
Atlanta will send Tim Hudson to the mound in the season finale tomorrow to face Joe Blanton. If the Cardinals and Braves remain tied, they’ll play a one game playoff to see who gets the wildcard.