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Posted: May 26, 2007 7:28 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2007 5:00 a.m.

      ATLANTA — Chase Utley drove in three runs, Shane Victorino had three hits and Philadelphia beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Saturday to give the Phillies a winning record for the first time this season.

    The Phillies (25-24) have won the first two games of the three-game series and are three games behind the second-place Braves in the NL East. Atlanta suffered its ninth loss in 13 games as Buddy Carlyle, called up from Triple-A Richmond for the start, gave up five runs in four innings.

    Adam Eaton (5-3) gave up six hits and four runs in six innings for the Phillies. He walked three batters and had only one strikeout in winning his second straight start. Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth for his first save since Sept. 13, 2002 with the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati.

    Utley hit a two-run double in the Phillies’ four-run third inning. He leads NL second basemen with 20 doubles and 41 RBIs. Victorino had a homer and scored three runs. Braves manager Bobby Cox was ejected for the second straight game and the fifth time this season, leaving him only one behind John McGraw’s record of 131.

    After Kelly Johnson led off the third inning with a double, Willie Harris hit a grounder over the first base bag that landed near the foul line. First base umpire Ron Kulpa immediately called the ball foul. TV replays supported the ruling, but Cox was ejected when he came on the field to argue the call. Kulpa also tossed John Smoltz as Smoltz yelled at the umpire from the dugout.

    Following the long delay, Harris walked and Edgar Renteria followed with a two-run double. Harris also scored the Braves’ first run when he tripled in the first inning and scored on Renteria’s groundout. Renteria also had a homer, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

    Carlyle (0-1) made his first major league appearance since May 25, 2005 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and his first start since Oct. 2, 1999 for San Diego at Arizona. He gave up six hits and five runs in four innings, including four runs in the third, when the Phillies sent 10 batters to the plate.

    A single by Eaton drove in Michael Bourn, and Utley hit a two-run double over Andruw Jones in center field. Victorino scored on a passed ball by catcher Brian McCann. Renteria’s two-run double cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3. Victorino led off the fifth with a triple to right, knocking Carlyle out of the game. Utley’s single off Macay McBride pushed the lead to 5-3.

Notes: Renteria has hits in 27 of his last 31 games. ... Utley has 20 RBIs in May. ... RHP Joey Devine was optioned to Double-A Mississippi to clear a roster spot for Carlyle. ... Phillies pitchers already have 18 hits this year after ranking last in the NL with 29 last season.

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