Phillies rally past Braves to stay in wild card hunt
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- A pair of two-out rallies kept the resilient
right in the thick of the National League wild card race.
broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-out RBI single and four relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings as the Phillies posted a 5-4 victory over the
After getting swept at home by the
last week, Philadelphia (77-68) has won four of five to move into second place in the NL wild card chase - one game behind the
"Playing in these games, it is a little playoff atmosphere," Lieberthal said. "Obviously watching the scoreboard, every game matters. It is just exciting baseball."
Staked to a 2-0 lead, Phillies starter
allowed four runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by
' three-run double that gave the Braves a two-run cushion.
"When (Floyd) got bases loaded, he threw the same pitch," Jones said referring to his previous at-bat, a strikeout with two runners in scoring position. "I took advantage of it, but we couldn't hold the lead. We made a couple of mistakes and they took advantage."
Seeking his first win since May 5,
retired the first two batters in the bottom of the inning before
doubled to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games. He scored on
's run-scoring single and
followed with a two-base hit down the right field line to tie the game at 4-4.
"It was an unbelievable inning, especially with two quick outs," Lieberthal said. "Then Jimmy started it. That was the inning-breaker for us. (It) gave us a little confidence and momentum."
"That was a big turning point because we had two outs, nobody on," Atlanta manager
said. "You've got to give Philly credit. They hit the ball."
(4-0) pitched a perfect sixth and Philadelphia moved in front in its next at-bat. Rookie
delivered a one-out double off
(2-2) and, after
flied out, Lieberthal drove a base hit to right field to plate Howard before getting caught in a rundown for the final out of the sixth.
Braves right fielder
, who entered play tied for the NL lead in outfield assists with 11, had a chance to throw out Howard, but his throw was well up the third base line.
"I was holding my breath," Phillies manager
said. "That kid has a good arm but at the same time we have to be aggressive."
each worked a scoreless inning and
worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 34th save in 37 chances.
"It seems like our bullpen has got so much better with Ugie here," Wagner said. "I think with what he has been able to do, and Fultz and Madson, about everybody in our bullpen has really picked it up and done a great job."
Howard belted a solo homer off Thomson in the second for Philadelphia, which recorded 13 hits.
"We have been showing a lot of fight," said Howard, who leads all NL rookies with 17 homers. "We just been trying to stay in every game. Every game right now is important so we go out every day and play hard and try and stay with it."