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Anderson leads Braves past Phillies in rain shortned tilt

The Sports Network

8/30/2009 12:57:00 AM

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Garret Anderson finished 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, as the Atlanta Braves battered Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-1, in a rain-shortened affair at Citizens Bank Park.

The game, which was delayed at the start, was called after the top of the eighth inning due to heavy rain.

Matt Diaz and Chipper Jones each clubbed a two-run homer, while Yunel Escobar added a solo shot for the Braves, who closed to within seven games of the Philadelphia in the NL East standings.

Derek Lowe (13-8) gave up one run on eight hits and struck out five over 5 2/3 innings to get the win.

"They're tough and my last two haven't been too good," Lowe said. "We're trying to just get wins, and we're a long way back from these guys. You're always trying to win the division, but there's nothing wrong with saying, 'Hey, you know we wouldn't mind winning the wild card, either.'"

Chase Utley collected three hits and homered for the Phillies, who have lost three of their last five games.

Lee (5-1) was tagged for six runs on 10 hits over five innings, his shortest outing as a member of the Phillies. The lefty struck out five and did not walk a batter. Lee had earned the win in each of his previous eight starts, dating back to his time with the Indians, to match a career high.

"I feel good about throwing strikes and working ahead and not walking people," Lee said. "But I put myself in positions to put them away and I missed up and down the middle. If you consistently do that, that's what's going to happen."

Philadelphia grabbed the lead in the first inning when Utley golfed an 0-2 slider deep to right field.

The Braves threatened in the next frame. Anderson lined a one-out base hit beyond the reach of Utley at second base and advanced to third on a Adam LaRoche double. But Lee wiggled out of trouble, fanning Reid Gorecki and inducing a fly out from Lowe.

Lowe worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second. The inning started with a single by Jayson Werth, who was erased on a fielder's choice. Pedro Feliz was then hit by a pitch and Lee reached on a slower roller up the third base line after Paul Bako struck out. But the rally went for naught when Jimmy Rollins grounded out weakly to second.

Utley, who was aboard via a two-base throwing error by Lowe, was thrown out at the plate in the third, and the Phillies stranded two more runners when Raul Ibanez grounded out to end the inning.

Atlanta got to Lee in the fourth. The frame started with consecutive singles by Brian McCann and Escobar, setting the stage for Anderson, who launched a fastball to the seats in right field. The blast was the first surrendered by Lee since arriving from Cleveland, and he would quickly yield another one later in the inning.

Gorecki had a one-out single, advanced to second on Lowe's sacrifice bunt and came around to score when Diaz homered to right field.

Escobar went deep in the fifth, and the Braves tacked on three more runs against Chad Durbin in the sixth on a Martin Prado RBI base hit and a two-run shot to center field off the bat of Jones.

Philadelphia failed to capitalize with the bases loaded and nobody out in the seventh.

Game Notes: Lee hadn't lost to a NL club since May 18, 2008 at Cincinnati...The Phillies finished 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men on base...LaRoche left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with a hip injury.