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Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2005 7:00 PM EDT



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Phillies 0 6 1 WP: Thomson (2-2)
LP: Padilla (0-2)  
Braves 4 6 0

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- John Thomson loves facing the Philadelphia Phillies .

In his his best start of the season, Thomson worked seven strong innings as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 4-0 victory.

After consecutive outings in which he failed to last past the sixth inning, Thomson (2-2) limited the Phillies to four singles and a double. The righthander, who struggled with his command early, walked two and struck out eight in improving to 7-4 with a 2.39 ERA lifetime against Philadelphia.

"I got mad at myself," said Thomson, who fell behind eight of the first nine batters. "It's just about being indecisive on pitching - the selection of the pitch and the location of the pitch.

"After about the third inning, (Atlanta pitching coach Leo Mazzone) came and said, 'You're like trying to aim the ball. Be a little bit more aggressive in your delivery.'"

It was another struggle for Phillies starter Vicente Padilla (0-2), who was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list.

Padilla, who was ripped for eight runs and eight hits in three innings Monday against the New York Mets , walked three and threw 43 pitches in the first inning of this one. He lasted just three innings, allowing four runs, four hits and four walks.

"He was better than his first start," Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal said. "He was a little wild. His off-speed pitch was a little flat."

On a sunny and windy day, Padilla also was not helped by his defense. First baseman Jim Thome , second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman David Bell all lost pop-ups in the sun or had trouble with the wind. Lieberthal also dropped a throw from Thome in the first on a force play at the plate, allowing the game's first run to score.

"He could have gotten out of the inning," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel , who was ejected for arguing a call at first base in the fourth. "You can't give five outs in one inning."

"It was more the sun," Bell said. "A combination of the wind and the sun. A couple of balls went right into the sun."

Johnny Estrada added a sacrifice fly and Andruw Jones and Raul Mondesi had RBI singles in the third for the Braves, who outscored the Phillies, 21-3, in the series.

"We're having trouble scoring runs," Lieberthal said. "We were out of it early. These were tough losses. (Atlanta) is swinging the bats well. They hit some good pitches and they hit some mistakes."

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones , who celebrated his 33rd birthday Sunday, left the game in the top of the fourth with a bruised left foot.

"I rounded third and two steps after, I felt like I had a golf ball in my shoe," Chipper Jones said. "I must have hit third base pretty hard."

But Chipper Jones , who is off to a big start, was more upset at Padilla for allegedly throwing at him with a 3-0 count and a base open in the first, rather than his injury.

"If you don't want to pitch to me, that's fine," Chipper Jones said. "Throw the ball a foot outside. Don't try to inflict pain. Each time (Padilla has thrown at me), it's been with a base open. I'm sorry, that's crap."

Jimmy Rollins had two hits for Philadelphia, which has lost five of its last six games.

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