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Updated: Sunday, June 6, 2004 6:22 PM EDT
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ATLANTA 6, PHILADELPHIA 4
 

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It took five innings, but the Atlanta Braves got to Kevin Millwood yet again.

J.D. Drew belted a three-run homer off Millwood in a six-run fifth inning to lead Atlanta to a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies .

Millwood (4-4), who spent his first six seasons with Atlanta, was cruising along with a 4-0 lead before coming apart in the fifth.

Andruw Jones led off the inning with a single. Dewayne Wise followed by reaching on a bunt single down the third base line. Third baseman Tomas Perez charged the ball and uncorked a wild throw to first base. As Jones headed for third, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley tracked down the ball down in shallow right and made a wild throw past catcher Mike Lieberthal at third. Jones scored and Wise went to second.

Both Perez and Utley were charged with errors on the play.

"Obviously, I wish I had it back," Utley said. "At the time, I thought I had a real play. With a better throw, it might have been a different situation."

Millwood walked Mark DeRosa on four pitches. After retiring the next two batters, rookie Nick Green laced an RBI single to left to cut the lead to 4-2. Drew launched a 1-1 changeup over the left-center field wall to give the Braves a 5-4 lead.

"It's a situation where you try to square the ball up and hit it hard," Drew said. "Luckily, it went out of the park."

Millwood, who threw 45 pitches in the fifth inning alone, was chased from the game after surrendering a walk to Johnny Estrada , a single to Julio Franco and an RBI single to Jones.

"I threw the ball well today, but I didn't pitch good," Millwood said. "I thought I was throwing the ball well up until the fifth inning and I made some bad pitches."

Before that inning, Millwood allowed only two hits and a walk. He even made a stellar defensive barehanded play on a comebacker to the mound.

However, when it was finished, Millwood fell to 0-6 with a 9.10 ERA lifetime to his former team. He gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"It'd be nice (if I could figure it out)," Millwood said. "I'm definitely not trying to go out and have a bad game against them."

"I'm not saying that we're comfortable against him," DeRosa said. "We definitely know what his stuff is like. He's not tricking anybody."

Atlanta starter Jaret Wright (4-5) surrendered four runs in the first two innings but settled down. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked one in five innings.

"After the first inning, I felt pretty good," said Wright, who has surrendered 20 runs in the first and second innings this season. "I was just trying to keep it close."

John Smoltz , the fifth Braves pitcher, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts for his eighth save of the season, his first since May 21.

"I didn't think I was going to be in this one for the save," Smoltz said. "We played ourselves out of it, and we came back to win it."

Atlanta avoided its fourth three-game losing streak of the season and earned a split of the four-game series.

Jim Thome belted a two-run homer in the first and Mike Lieberthal had a solo shot in the second, but the Phillies lost for the fifth time in seven games.


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