One day after
limited the Braves to a run and four hits in seven innings to defeat
, Wolf (9-3) yielded a run, a double and two singles for his fourth consecutive win.
The lefthander, who has lost just once since April 30, walked four and struck out five.
"I know I have to build my own confidence against these guys," said Wolf, who improved his lifetime record against the Braves to 3-7. "My numbers really (stink). You have to put what happened behind you and try to fight that."
is one of the best lefthanders in the league," Philadelphia manager
said. "Every year, he gets better."
Lieberthal, who doubled and scored in the fifth inning, capped the scoring with a two-run blast to left-center field in the eighth, his first homer since May 9. The veteran catcher improved his lifetime average at Turner Field to .374 (52-for-139).
"The last couple of years, I've done really well," Lieberthal said. "It seems like even when I don't hit the ball hard, I'm finding holes. It's nice to play well against a team in your division."
(3-4) struggled for Atlanta, surrendering five runs - four earned - and eight hits in five innings. The lefthander struck out six but walked three and uncorked two wild pitches, including one that allowed Lieberthal to score in the fifth.
"I thought I made some pretty good pitches," Hampton said. "But they made some pretty good swings on some pretty good pitches. I thought my stuff was good."
"It's the same thing as last night," said Cox, whose team fell behind after
's error in the first inning Wednesday. "We started the game with an error and got behind."
Wolf nearly gave the run back in the bottom of the frame, walking three batters before fanning Lopez to end the inning.
"It was a rough one," Wolf said. "Every pitch was crucial. I didn't want them to take back the lead. You really had to work. To get out of that inning without a run and a hit, I don't know how in the world I did that. Dumb luck."
pitch was a huge pitch," Lieberthal said. "He's so hot. (Wolf) made some great pitches on
with the bases loaded. That was probably the biggest at-bat."
Philadelphia struck for three runs in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.
struck out, Perez and Byrd singled to put runners on the corners. Wolf bounced to shortstop, plating Perez, and Rollins drove in Byrd with a single to center.
Wolf scored on Bell's base hit but after Thome struck out, Rollins was caught stealing home for the third out.
ended Wolf's shutout bid with an RBI double in the fourth, making it 4-1, but Lieberthal led off the fifth with a double, went to third on a groundout and scored on Hampton's first wild pitch of the inning to regain the Phillies' four-run advantage.
"Today, he had a little trouble with his control," Lopez said of Hampton. "Not in the beginning but later on in the game. ... They got a lot of tough hits off him."
Thome deposited a 3-2 offering from lefthander
over the left field wall in the sixth for his 18th home run, and Lieberthal added a two-run shot off
in the eighth to give Philadelphia an 8-1 cushion.
Atlanta had not lost a series at home since opening the season with three losses to Montreal.
"That's going to happen sooner or later," Lopez said of losing by the same score on consecutive days. "That's how the game of baseball is. Unfortunately, the last couple of days, we haven't played the way we're used to playing."
"I don't think it's shocking," Bowa said. "We did what we had to do. We have to hope they hit a little bump in the road. We respect them. I don't think there's a guy out there who's afraid of that team. I don't have that word in my vocabulary."