Utley hit a go-ahead, three-run double and scored from second on
an infield grounder during an eight-run seventh inning that led the
Phillies past the Atlanta Braves 9-3 Wednesday.
Completing a 6-3 trip, the second-place Phillies approached .500
"People have given up on us about 10 times, but you never know
with the wild-card race," left-hander Randy Wolf said.
Philadelphia won two of three from the Braves and is 15-11 since
the All-Star break. The Phillies began the day 3½ games back in the
NL wild-card race.
Wolf gave up three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 5 1/3
innings. He made his third start since elbow-ligament replacement
surgery on July 1, 2005.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the return of Wolf "is
very big." Wolf combines with Cole Hamels to give the Phillies two
left-handers in the rotation.
"I like what I see of Randy," Manuel said.
Trailing 3-1, the Phillies sent 14 batters to the plate in the
seventh, getting six hits and four walks. An error by third baseman
Willy Aybar led to three unearned runs.
Philadelphia set its season high for runs in an inning.
"Who gives up eight runs in an inning?" Braves manager Bobby
Cox asked. "Nobody."
Actually, it was the second time this season the Braves allowed
eight runs in an inning -- they did it July 7 in a 10-5 loss to
The half-inning lasted about 45 minutes.
"It seemed like two hours," Braves second baseman Marcus Giles
Rick White (2-0) got the final two outs in the sixth inning
after taking over for Wolf.
Tyler Yates (1-3), the first of four Atlanta relievers in the
seventh, gave up four runs, one hit and three walks. Andruw Jones
homered for the Braves, and starter Chuck James struck out six in
six innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks.
Jones' 28th homer put Atlanta ahead in the fifth, but Pat
Burrell's 23rd homer tied the score in the sixth. After Wolf
allowed a pair of singles in the sixth, Jeff Francoeur hit an RBI
single off White with two outs, and third baseman Abraham Nunez
bobbled Matt Diaz's grounder for a run-scoring error that made it
Running from second on the pitch, Utley scored on Ryan Howard's
"I think he always amazes everybody," Wolf said of Utley.
"He's just that type of player. He plays hard every inning, every
Utley was behind in the count before hitting the double to
"When the bases are loaded, there's no place to put you,"
Utley said. "They have to pitch to you. ... Those three runs were
pretty big at that point."
Mike Lieberthal's grounder bounced past Aybar for an error,
allowing Burrell to score. Nunez added a run-scoring single for his
second hit of the inning, and Jimmy Rollins drew a bases-loaded
walk from Chad Paronto.
Rollins had two hits and two walks. ... The Braves wore red
jerseys normally reserved for home Sunday games. ... Jones is
second in the NL with 98 RBI. ... The Phillies had a streak of
homers in 16 consecutive games snapped Tuesday night before they
returned to form with Burrell's homer. The 16-game streak tied the
club record set in 2002.
Gray scheduled to start for Cincinnati against Los Angeles
Los Angeles Dodgers (94-54, second in the NL West) vs. Cincinnati Reds (77-71, third in the NL Central)
Howard expected to start as Rangers host the White Sox
Chicago White Sox (84-63, first in the AL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (54-93, fifth in the AL West)
Burnes expected to start for Milwaukee against Chicago
Chicago Cubs (66-82, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (90-57, first in the NL Central)
Ober scheduled to start for Twins at Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins (65-83, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (82-65, fourth in the AL East)
Civale expected to start for the Indians against Yankees
Cleveland Indians (71-74, second in the AL Central) vs. New York Yankees (83-65, third in the AL East)
Cabrera expected to start as Miami hosts Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pirates (55-92, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Miami Marlins (62-85, fourth in the NL East)