Michaels sets career high in RBI as Phillies rout Braves
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
was the center of attention for the
Michaels set a career high with five RBI and made a tremendous defensive play in center field as the Phillies rolled to a second straight win over the
After giving Philadelphia a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the second inning, Michaels scored on a fielder's choice by Phillies starter
in the fourth to snap a 3-3 tie. He belted a three-run homer against
to cap a five-run ninth that broke open a tight game.
"It feels good to get some guys in in scoring position," said Michaels, who entered the game hitting just .200 with six RBI with runners in scoring position. "We all had a pretty good game."
In addition to his offensive contributions, Michaels made a diving backhand grab of a line drive by
in the bottom of the fourth.
"I'm playing Furcal in a little bit," Michaels said. "He hit it, I had a good read. I thought it was going to be close. It's awesome."
drove in three runs and
went 4-for-6 for Philadelphia, which pounded out 16 hits to improve their average to .286 (197-for-690) in day games this season.
"It's a team effort," Burrell said. "Everybody has to do their part, and we did today."
(3-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings en route to his first loss in four career starts against the Phillies, who got to
for four first-inning runs in a 5-1 victory in Friday's series opener. Atlanta starters entered the set riding a 14 1/3-inning scoreless streak and leading the NL with a 2.98 ERA.
"I should be able to make better pitches than that," Ramirez said. "It was one of those days where I didn't get the ball down, and when I did, they got ground balls that went in the hole."
Ramirez, who was 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his previous three starts against Philadelphia, endured his shortest outing of the season and matched season highs in hits and runs allowed.
"He just didn't have his real good stuff today," Braves manager
said. "I don't think he had a real good feeling for his pitches."
Lieber (6-4) allowed five runs - four earned - and nine hits in six innings before turning it over to the Phillies' bullpen, which gave up just two hits the rest of the way. In Philadelphia's last 30 games at Turner Field, its relievers have posted a sparkling 1.67 ERA in 97 innings.
"I just have to keep battling and keep making pitches," Lieber said. "(You have to) give a lot of credit to our offense and bullpen."
Philadelphia took a 3-1 advantage in the third when Burrell drove in a run with single, but Atlanta tied it in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by
and a sacrifice fly by
. The Phillies assumed command with a four-run uprising in the fourth, capped by Burrell's two-run single.
"It's very frustrating," Ramirez said. "They're out there battling and I go out there and give up some more runs."
Atlanta drew within 7-5 with two runs in the fifth inning, but
kept the Braves in check with a scoreless inning apiece.
had three hits and an RBI for Atlanta, which is guaranteed just its second home series loss of the season. His double in the fifth inning was the 339th of his career, moving him past
for sole possession of second place on the Braves' all-time list.