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Updated: Saturday, May 28, 2005 6:08 PM EDT
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Phillies 12 16 1 WP: Lieber (6-4)
LP: Ramirez (3-4)  
Braves 5 11 0
Michaels sets career high in RBI as Phillies rout Braves

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Jason Michaels was the center of attention for the Philadelphia Phillies .

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 Atlanta Braves , 12-5.

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 Jon Lieber in the fourth to snap a 3-3 tie. He belted a three-run homer against Matt Childers 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 Rafael Furcal 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."

Pat Burrell drove in three runs and Placido Polanco 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."

Braves starter Horacio Ramirez (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 John Smoltz 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 Bobby Cox 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 Marcus Giles and a sacrifice fly by Adam LaRoche . 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 Robinson Tejeda , Rheal Cormier , Ryan Madson and Amaury Telemaco kept the Braves in check with a scoreless inning apiece.

Chipper Jones 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 Eddie Mathews for sole possession of second place on the Braves' all-time list.

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