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Phillies Split With Braves


With a sweep, the Philadelphia Phillies would have moved within 3 ½ games of Atlanta in the NL East race.

Oh, well, a split wasn't all that bad.

Rookie Bruce Chen allowed one run in 7 2-3 innings and Bret Boone broke an eighth-inning tie when he scored on a wild pitch as the Atlanta Braves won 3-1 in the second game of Friday night's doubleheader.

"I was even more pumped up for the start because of the way we lost the first game," Chen said. "We had the game in our reach and let it slip away. I wanted to get them back."

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  • Kevin Jordan went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, including a key two-run single as the Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit to win the opener 6-5.

    While Philadelphia has won six of nine, the Braves have lost six of eight. Coming in, the Phillies had lost nine of 11 against Atlanta.

    "This team believes in ourselves," Jordan said after the opener. "It takes 27 outs for a game and that's the way we approach things. We've done this time and time again, we never quit."

    After Curt Schilling was chased in his shortest outing of the season, Philadelphia rallied from a 5-0 deficit, even without injured Scott Rolen and Mike Lieberthal, who are tied for the team lead with 63 RBIs.

    "We did all the little things right," Philadelphia manager Terry Francona said.

    Then came the second game.

    Chen (1-1), who hadn't more than six innings in any of his four previous starts this season, allowed four hits and struck out five. In the opener, Kevin Millwood had left after six innings due to a blister on his middle finger.

    "I knew it was important for me to pitch deep into the game," Chen said. "We used up our bullpen yesterday and went to it again in the first game."

    John Rocker got in a bases-loaded jam when he walked Ron Gant with two outs in the eighth, then threw a called third strike past Bobby Abreu. Rocker finished for his 20th save in 24 chances.

    Anthony Shumaker, a 26-year-old left-hander called up after the opener, lost in his major league debut desite allowing just two runs one earned and five hits in eight innings with five strikeouts.

    "I tried to go as many innings as I could," Shumaker said. "That's why they brought me up."

    Boone's 12th homer put the Braves ahead in the first, but the Phillies tied the game in the bottom half. Doug Glanville was picked off first but advanced when Chen threw wildly into right field and slid home under the tag of catcher Eddie Perez.

    Braves manager Bobby Cox argued the call by plate umpire Wally Bell, one of three trips made by Cox in the game to question calls.

    After the go-ahead run, Ozzie Guillen added an RBI single in the ninth off Jim Poole.

    After Philadelphia fell behind in the opener, Doug Glanville's RBI single in the fifth and Jordan's RBI groundout in the sixth drove in the Phillies' first two runs.

    Then in the seventh, Mike Remlinger walked Marlon Anderson leading off and pinch-hitter Kevin Sefcik doubled. Remlinger got two outs before Rudy Seanez (5-1), who had walked just 14 in 43 innings, walked Ron Gant and Bobby Abreu, forcing in a run.

    After falling behind 0-2 and fouling off three pitches, Jordan worked the count full and lined a two-run single to center.

    "I fell behind in the count and just wanted to stay alive," said Jordan, who has 16 RBIs in limited duty. "I wanted to put the ball in play just like any other at-bat."

    Gant scored the tying run as Andruw Jones' throw took a wild bounce off the pitcher's mound. and Abreu came home when Seanez, backing up the play, couldn't come up with the ball. Jones was charged with an error.

    "We had some great at-bats late in the game," Francona said. "We moved up bases when we had to and we challenged them."

    Amaury Telemaco (2-0) pitched two hitless innings, and Wayne Gomes pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 17 chances.

    Schilling, who won his previous six starts, struggled through five innings, allowing all five runs and nine hits. He said recent stiffness in his shoulder wasn't a factor.

    "Actually, I got loose in the bullpen quicker this time than in my last start," he said. "I'm a little disappointed in the way I pitched but how can I not be ecstatic with the outcome of the game. It's a huge character builder."

    Ryan Klesko's RBI single and Randall Simon's three-run double gave Atlanta a 4-0 lead in the first, and Javy Lopez singled in a run in the fifth.

    Notes:

  • Phillies C Bobby Estalella was sent to Triple-A Scranton.
  • The Braves placed LHP Odalis Perez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left elbow and recalled LHP Micah Bowie from Triple-A Richmond.
  • Braves third baseman Chipper Jones took batting practice, but was scratched from the starting lineup in both games. Jones bruised his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch from Florida's Alex Fernandez on Thursday.
  • Rolen underwent an X-ray on his sore ack. The results were negative and he is day to day.
  • Andruw Jones, 0-for-17 with seven strikeouts against Schilling coming in, went 3-for-3 and added a sensational diving catch in the fourth to rob Abreu of a hit.

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