PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) --
with an excellent impersonation of
. And he used the slugger's bat to get the job done.
Perez tied the game in the eighth inning with a double and belted a one-out homer in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the
Filling in at first base for Thome, who missed the game with tendinitis in his right index finger, Perez helped Philadelphia erase a 2-0 deficit. After
with the bases loaded in the seventh to force in a run, Perez drew the Phillies even in the eighth with a double to right field that plated
"The last seven games, I started using (Thome's) bat," Perez said. "I got a good bat, too, but the bat he uses is an unbelievable bat. So if he doesn't play, I have to use it."
Perez also redeemed himself for a throwing error in the second inning that allowed former Phillie
to score the game's first run.
"That was in my mind all night," Perez admitted. "And I said to myself that I have to do something to win or tie this game. After I got that double, I said, 'Thank you, God.' After that inning, Thome came up to me and said, 'That bat has some pop today.'"
(5-1) with one out in the 10th, Perez deposited a 2-1 sinker just over the right field wall for his fourth homer of the season.
, I do not know what you can say about him," Phillies manager
said. "He has been using Thome's bat lately and he has four home runs."
(1-1), filling in for injured closer
, picked up the win with two scoreless innings.
"That is what we are supposed to do (as a bullpen) down there - hold it, hold it until we can score," Worrell said.
Atlanta left fielder
left the game in the first inning after being hit by a pitch in the left quadriceps.
DeWayne Wise, who replaced Jones, hit his second homer of the season in the third inning to stake Atlanta and starter
to a 2-0 lead. That was all the offense the Braves could muster as they went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
"We had so many chances," Braves manager
said. "They did, too, I guess. We had second and third, no outs (in the second inning). That broke our backs right there."
Cox is hoping nothing is broken literally. In addition to Jones' injury and
being scratched with back stiffness, rookie first baseman
left the game after a collision at the plate with catcher
in the second inning. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays on his left clavicle.
"I don't know what we're gonna do right this minute," Cox said. "I don't think LaRoche can play for a while, whether (his clavicle) is broken, separated or not."
Cox felt that Jones likely will miss Saturday's game, while Franco's status is day-to-day.
"If we lose Chip and LaRoche, we're still gonna go on and we're gonna battle and give everything we've got," said Atlanta starter
, who allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
After missing his previous start with mild tendinitis in his pitching elbow, Philadelphia lefthander
bounced back strong. He yielded two runs - one earned - and six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings.