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Phillips bomb downs Braves

Phillips bomb downs Braves

Phillips bomb downs Braves

San Diego Padres relief pitcher Heath...


    ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Kyle Phillips broke a 2-2 tie in the 10th inning with his first career home run and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Monday for their third straight win.
    Phillips, a rookie with a .167 average in 30 at-bats, led off the inning and hit the second pitch from George Sherrill (1-1).
    Heath Bell pitched the 10th for his 13th save in 14 opportunities. Chad Qualls (3-2) earned the victory with a scoreless ninth, giving up one walk and facing four batters.
    For a fourth straight start, San Diego's Aaron Harang didn't earn a decision, but he was sharp, allowing six hits, two runs and two walks with five strikeouts.

In his last three starts, Harang has a 1.29 ERA.

Tim Hudson, the Braves' starter, allowed five hits and two runs — one earned — with no walks and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Hudson missed his previous start with lower stiffness.

The Padres led 1-0 in the first when Eric Patterson singled, stole second, moved to third on Hudson's pickoff attempt and scored on Ryan Ludwick's RBI groundout.

Atlanta tied it at 1-1 on Brian McCann's RBI double.

In the third, San Diego went up 2-1 on Ludwick's RBI bloop single. The 6-foot-7, 261-pound Harang lumbered around from second to score.

McCann's RBI single scored Martin Prado from second to make it 2-2 in Atlanta's third.

Scott Proctor pitched a scoreless seventh, Cory Gearrin a scoreless eighth for Atlanta and Jonny Venters a scoreless ninth after escaping a bases-loaded jam for Atlanta.

San Diego reliever Ernest Frieri escaped a jam in the seventh with a runners on first and third when Martin Prado popped out. In the eighth, Mike Adams stranded a pair of runners in eighth by striking out Alex Gonzalez.

Bell earned the save on flyouts by Prado and McCann and a strikeout of Eric Hinske.

Ludwick, who has 22 RBIs this month, began the day tied for third in the NL this month with 20.

Notes: Braves 2B Dan Uggla's went 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts, dropping his average two points to .178. ... Padres 1B Brad Hawpe stayed in the game despite slamming his right forearm against a concrete wall in the fifth. Hawpe stretched out over a rolled-up rain tarp and made the catch as 2B Logan Forsythe accidentally hit him from behind.

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