After Maddux gave up 10 runs in a 16-2 loss Wednesday, the Braves got a well-balanced effort, with six players knocking in runs and six pitchers holding the Phillies to just four hits.
"We needed any kind of spark to get us going,'' said Hodges,
who got the start in place of injured Paul Byrd. "Once I found out
I was starting the first thing that came into my mind was this team
needs a win and I was going to do everything in my power to help
Hodges, making his first career start, was pulled after 4 2/3
innings and was unable to get a decision. He gave up one run, two
hits and two walks as a fill-in starter.
Darren Holmes (1-0) got the win in relief, giving up one walk in one inning.
"All we were asking for was five innings from him and he gave us that,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "The bullpen was excellent. This was a win we really needed.''
Phillies starter Joe Roa (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits
in five innings. His position in the rotation is precarious after
getting hit for nine runs in seven innings this season.
"He hasn't been real sharp and he's a guy who relies on his
control,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. "He left a couple
over the plate tonight.''
The Braves scored one run in six innings. Rafael Furcal led off
the game with a triple to right and scored on a groundout. Marcus
Giles doubled to start the third and scored on Furcal's single.
Andruw Jones' led off the fourth with his fourth homer of the
year and Chipper Jones had an RBI single in the fifth. Fick's
homer, his second, came with one out in the seventh.
Julio Franco added a pinch RBI single in the eighth to score
Vinny Castilla. The inning was extended after first baseman Jim
Thome dropped the relay throw on a potential double play that would
have been the third out.
The Phillies got another run in the seventh off reliever Kevin
Gryboski and threatened to score more. David Bell singled to start
the inning and moved to third on a double by Lieberthal. After Byrd
struck out, Bell scored on a groundout by pinch-hitter Tyler
Houston and Jimmy Rollins struck out to end the inning.
"We could have used some of last night's runs tonight,'' Bowa
Bell returned to the Phillies lineup after missing three games with a sore back. ... Andruw Jones has 15 career home runs at Veterans Stadium, tying him for ninth place on the opponents all-time list in the Vet's 32-year history. Barry Bonds is the leader with 27. ... Lieberthal has reached base in all eight games he has played and leads the majors in on base percentage (.567).
Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara won't pitch again this season
Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara has been shut down for the rest of the season, a decision that manager Don Mattingly called "the best thing for Sandy."
Castillo strikes out 8, surging Mariners drop A's 5-1
— Luis Castillo struck out eight in six innings of two-hit ball and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Saturday to keep pace with the Toronto Blue Jays in their bid to host an AL wild-card series.
Giants lose to D-backs, eliminated from playoff contention
— Sergio Alcántara had a pair of two-run doubles for Arizona in the Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over San Francisco which eliminated the Giants from postseason contention on Saturday.
Sergio Alcántara's 2-run double gives Diamondback's the lead
Sergio Alcántara doubles to the left-field wall to give Arizona the lead against the San Francisco.
Luis Torrens hits RBI double to pad Mariners' lead
Luis Torrens drives in a run to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead over the Athletics.
Hernández, Jansen HR, Jays hold wild-card edge, rout Red Sox
— Teoscar Hernández homered, doubled twice and singled, Danny Jansen drove in five runs and the Toronto Blue Jays moved one step closer to wrapping up the top spot in the AL wild-card race, routing the Boston Red Sox 10-0 Saturday.