Langerhans, Johnson help Braves top Phillies
(CORRECTING TYPO IN FIFTH
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
and Kelly Johnson gave the
a glimpse into the future.
Langerhans delivered a two-run triple in the fifth inning and Johnson made a key defensive play in his major league debut, lifting the Braves to a 7-2 victory over the
started the season in the outfield for the Braves. However, Jordan is banged up and Mondesi has struggled so Langerhans and Johnson, who was recalled from the minor leagues earlier Sunday, figure to see more playing time.
Langerhans, who entered Sunday batting just .187 in 32 games, gave the Braves a 3-2 lead with his first career triple.
added a run-scoring single later in the inning for a 4-2 lead.
"I was able to put (together) a good at bat," said Langerhans, who does have 16 RBI. "(Phillies starter Brett) Myers made some tough pitches, but I was able to put the ball in play."
"Langerhans is hitting .200, but he's going to get some big hits for us," Braves third baseman
said. "That was a big hit today, a triple off a guy who doesn't give up many runs."
In the sixth, Philadelphia had a chance to draw closer when
singled into left field. But the 23-year-old Johnson threw out
at the plate, preserving the two-run lead.
"I was trying to get him out," Johnson said. "It's going to be something I can remember all my life. It's been great and it's only the first day."
"The young kid just hit two line drives, a hard ground ball, made a defensive catch and threw I runner out," said Braves manager
, who told reporters that Johnson would start every day in left field. "I thought he looked pretty good."
The Braves added three runs in the eighth, getting plenty of help from the Phillies along the way. Shortstop
threw late to the plate, allowing Furcal to score, center fielder
dropped a fly ball to score a run and
bounced into a forceout to plate another run.
belted a long solo homer in the second for the Braves, who salvaged the finale of the three-game series.
(6-3) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings. The righthander worked around five walks and struck out two.
Thome had an RBI single in the fourth and
a solo homer in the fifth for the Phillies.
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out (that Thome) rakes me," said Hudson, who also walked Thome twice. "It's one of those things I'm not going to let the guy hurt me. The only thing I'm going to kick myself about all day is the fastball to Lieberthal."
Hudson improved to 81-4 in his career when getting at least four runs of support.
(4-3) lasted just five innings in his shortest outing of the season. The righthander surrendered four runs and five hits, walking two and striking out two as his ERA rose to a season-high 2.06.
"I don't think you can take this (start) as a negative," said Myers, who needed 96 pitches to get through five innings. "Today was just kind of a bad weather day. I battled as hard as I could."
Philadelphia, which plays 35 of its next 48 games at home, completed a 5-4 road trip against division leaders Atlanta, Florida and Baltimore.