Long Delay, but Phillies Beat Braves

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An hour and fifty-one minute rain delay halted play, but it did not prevent the Phillies from beating the Atlanta Braves, 4-2. With the win, the Phillies took the series, 2-1.

Cliff Lee pitched four innings before it poured. Phillies-killer Matt Diaz drove in the only run against Lee, who allowed five hits and struck out two.

It looked like Lee would pitch after a 45-minute delay, but the tarp was put back on before play could resume. The bullpen was busy during the Atlanta series. Thanks to the rain and a couple injuries, no starter pitched beyond four innings. Once again, it would be up to the bullpen to hold the lead.

Prior to the delay, the Phillies scored four runs. Trailing 1-0 in the third, Ben Francisco's RBI double tied the game. Francisco entered the game after Shane Victorio was ejected. Victorino was caught stealing. He slammed his helmet and had a few kind words for Chad Fairchild before being tossed.

Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz each drove in a run. Chase Utley's RBI triple in the fifth inning extended the Phillies lead to three.

The bullpen was excellent. Tyler Walker pitched two shutout innings. Ryan Madson struck out the side in the eighth inning. The ball was handed to Brad Lidge in the ninth, and he saved his 31st game of the season. He allowed a run, but struck out two in the save.

The bullpen will be able to rest during tomorrow's off day. The Phillies head to Florida where they could possibly clinch the division. The magic number lowers to six.


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