Just one day after coming back from 6 runs down on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies came back from a 5-0 deficit to best the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. A nearly 2-hour rain delay in the bottom of the second inning ended Jorge Campillo and Joe Blanton’s starts, and sent both clubs scrambling for replacements. Philadelphia chose Adam Eaton, who gave up 3 runs to make it 5-0 Braves.
The Braves sent in Jo-Jo Reyes, whose disastrous 4th inning would tie it back up. Phils’ catcher Chris Coste hit a two run homer, followed by a 3-run blast by Shane Victorino later in the inning. Julian Tavarez came in to relieve Reyes, and was promptly greeted by a Pat Burrell solo shot.
The Phils opened up the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring five runs on timely hits by Victorino and Ryan Howard, as well as a 2-run shot bu Jayson Werth. The Braves would get three back in the 8th, but closer Brad Lidge pitched a solid ninth inning for his 24th save of the season.
The Phillies are currently one game behind the Mets in the NL East, with the Florida Marlins a game behind them. Philly opens up a 3-game series at NL-worst Washington on Monday night. East contenders Florida and New York will play the first of three at Dolphin Stadium.
Braves catcher Brian McCann left after a home plate collision with Shane Victorino. X-rays were negative, and McCann should only miss a few days with a mild concussion.