Jones, Langerhans help Braves rally past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- It seems that the
will continue to win no matter who they put out on the field.
's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored rookie
with the go-ahead run as the Braves rallied for a 4-3 victory over the
In their latest victory, the Braves overcame a 3-0 deficit. They tied the game in the eighth when All-Star
belted an RBI double against reliever
"It's good to come from behind to win a game once in a while," Atlanta manager
said. "It boosts you up. It makes you think you can do it the next night."
The Braves completed the comeback when Langerhans, who doubled and scored in the seventh, tripled against closer
(1-1) to lead off the ninth. Betemit followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
"That situation, first I'm thinking to try to put it in play," Betemit said. "I know (Wagner) throws hard and I don't go looking for other pitches. I was just looking for a fastball."
(3-1) worked around a hit and a walk in the eighth for the win.
retired the side in order in the ninth for his seventh save.
went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, a three-run homer to rookie
, in the fourth. The righthander walked four and struck out four.
"Sosa threw a one-hitter and was behind 3-0 on a fly ball," said Cox, referring to Howard's home run to that just cleared the short fence in left field. "But he did walk two guys prior to that, which is not always good."
"I believe it was a fastball away," Howard said. "I got it a little bit off the end. It just carried a little bit, so I'll take it and run with it. I've been feeling confident the whole time I've been up here."
Howard was recalled from Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre for the second time Friday when
was placed on the disabled list.
Sosa, Betemit and Langerhans all have taken on more prominent roles for the Braves, who have veterans
on the disabled list.
Despite the youngsters, the Braves (45-37) have won seven of their last 10 games.
Philadelphia's bullpen squandered a solid outing by rookie starter
, who allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings. The 23-year-old righthander struck out five and worked around five walks.
"To me it's tough when you have a three-run lead like that and you have a kid take you exactly where you need to go," Philadelphia manager
said. "(Then), you give it to the bullpen. I thought our chance of winning the game was very good."
The Braves began their comeback with two runs in the seventh.
, who replaced Tejeda, saw his first pitch hit by
for a single before Langerhans blooped a double down the left field line.
After Betemit struck out,
relieved Cormier and retired pinch-hitter
on an RBI groundout, but then uncorked a wild pitch to score Langerhans.
"(Tejeda) pitched his butt off and really pitched great," Wagner said. "You can't say enough good things about what he did. (He) hands the bullpen the lead and we coughed it up. This was a tough one."
Wagner took his first loss as a Phillie. His last loss came on September 22, 2003 when he was with Houston. He had gone 82 consecutive appearances without a loss.
Philadelphia lost its sixth consecutive series after going 12-1 during an early June homestand.