ATLANTA (Ticker) --
is not letting his age slow him down.
Franco became the oldest player in major league baseball history to hit a grand slam as the
cruised to an 8-4 victory over the struggling
The 45-year-old Franco's seventh career grand slam and first since 1996 highlighted a five-run first inning.
was the previous oldest player to hit a grand slam. Fisk's mark came in 1991 while with the
Chicago White Sox
. "I don't care about age," Franco said. "Age is a stereotype. If you can play, you can play. It doesn't matter if you're 20 or 40."
In May, Franco broke his own record when he became the oldest player to hit a homer as a pinch hitter. He accomplished that feat with a two-run blast against the
"Records don't mean anything to me," Franco said. "As long as we win, it doesn't matter."
Franco, who has been battling a sore back, was in the starting lineup for the first time since May 23.
"That was amazing tonight," Braves manager
said. "He hasn't played in a long time. He hasn't been able to take batting practice. First at-bat, he hits a grand slam."
"He's amazing," said Phillies first baseman and former teammate
, who was in the
' lineup when Franco hit his last grand slam on September 1, 1996 against Texas. "He's still in great shape. He's a good hitter. He really is."
added a two-run homer among his three hits for the Braves, who built a 6-0 lead after two innings en route to winning for the eighth time in 12 games.
"It's nice to see our offense get runs on the board early," said Estrada, who is hitting .643 (9-for-14) over his last four games. "I just try to go out every day and be consistent and try to have good at-bats."
Staked to the early lead,
(5-2) cruised to his third straight win. The righthander gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out three and improved to 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the Phillies this season.
"I'm working on staying tall all the way through my delivery," said Thomson, who won for the first time in his career at Turner Field. "I'm an aggressive type pitcher. I'm going to go right after them.
hit a two-run homer and Thome a solo shot for the disappointing Phillies, who have lost four straight and seven of their last 10 games.
"Right now, a lot of pitchers are pitching well against us," Phillies manager
said. "It just didn't happen tonight."
Recalled from the minor leagues before the game,
(0-1) was ripped for six runs and eight hits in two innings.
"It was just a bad start from the first pitch," Hancock said. "After the first pitch, I just came undone.