Furcal, Mondesi power Braves past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- With the way the
were swinging the bats,
had little trouble remaining unbeaten against the
each homered twice and
added a two-run blast as Ramirez recorded his first win of the season in the Braves' 11-4 rout of the Phillies.
Entering with a 2-0 career mark against Philadelphia, Ramirez (1-0) was staked to an early 4-0 lead and worked out of a jam in the bottom of the first. The lefthander, who missed a large portion of the 2004 season with shoulder problems, allowed three runs and six hits with four walks and a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.
"It is good to finally get a win," said Ramirez, whose last victory came on May 20. "It has been a very long time."
Furcal, who ignited Atlanta's four-run rally in the first by drawing a leadoff walk, gave the Braves a 9-2 lead with a solo homer in the sixth while batting lefthanded. Hitting from the right side in the eighth, he added another solo shot, marking the first time in his career he has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.
"This game made me so happy because I have been struggling the first eight, nine games," said Furcal, who entered this one hitting just .171.
"Raffy stayed on the ball better tonight," Atlanta manager
said. "He did not jerk his head around. He was right on it all night long."
The performance was Furcal's third career multi-homer game and second at Citizens Bank Park.
"It is a great ballpark," Furcal said. "If you hit the ball good, no matter where you hit it, the ball is going (out)."
Mondesi recorded the 20th multi-homer effort of his career, leading off the fourth with his first of the season and adding a solo blast in the eighth.
With the Braves ahead, 4-2, LaRoche launched a two-run shot in the third. Atlanta finished with five homers, three of which came off Philadelphia starter
Floyd (1-1) may have pitched himself out of the rotation, surrendering eight runs, five hits and five walks in just 3 1/3 innings. The rookie righthander is likely to be moved to the bullpen when
is activated from the disabled list early next week.
"Obviously, I want to pitch well every time, but I'm gonna have those days, (so I) try to minimize the damage, but I didn't," Floyd said. "Pitching is pitching. I'm ready for anything. I'm happy to be up here."
went 3-for-5 with two RBI but made a baserunning blunder in the first that took away from the Phillies' rally. On second base after a leadoff single and an error by Ramirez, Rollins waited to see if
's fly to deep center would be caught by
Jones played the ball off the wall and started a perfect relay play that resulted in nailing Rollins at the plate.
"I wouldn't call it a baserunning error," Phillies manager
said. "That ball came off the wall real fast and
just stabbed it and made a (heck) of a relay and Furcal turned and threw a BB to the plate.
, with nobody out, did exactly what he was supposed to be doing on a long fly ball - tagging up."
Philadelphia settled for just two runs in the inning on
's double two batters later. Rollins delivered a two-run triple in the sixth to draw the Phillies within 9-4.
collected a pair of singles, giving him at least one hit in each of Philadelphia's 10 games this season.
The victory was the 2,008th of Cox's career, tying him with
for eighth place on the all-time list.