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7th heaven: Phils win has a nice ring to it


7th heaven: Phils win has a nice ring to it
With all the bailouts being handed out in this country, it seems only fitting for the Phillies to get in on some of the charity.

On a day filled with emotion stemming from pregame ceremonies that included the club getting its 2008 World Series championship rings, the Phils erased a seven-run deficit with a huge seventh inning to lift them over the Atlanta Braves 12-11 in the final game of the three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon.

"I gave up seven runs in four innings. Any time you don't get a loss from that, you're getting bailed out pretty good," Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton said.

The seventh-inning rally, which included 13 batters going to the plate, featured a bit of everything: a hit batsman, one RBI groundout, four hits and five walks.

But it was the free passes that changed the inning. Four Atlanta relievers struggled to find the strikezone. They dished out four bases-loaded walks, including one to Chase Utley that tied the game at 10.

"Once we got the bases loaded and had the one out, I think that was pretty much it," said Phils first baseman Ryan Howard, who was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. "Guys were going up there being patient and working the pitchers."

The Phillies finally provided some timely hitting, too. Raul Ibanez drilled a two-run homer (his first as a Phillie and the team's first of 2009) in the second to tie it at 2. Then Ibanez, Pedro Feliz and Shane Victorino all had RBI singles in the seventh.

"I think the biggest thing was it was good to see the offense really come loose and throw some good swings together after the first few days," Blanton said. "I'm most happy about seeing that."

Victorino, who grounded out to third to lead off the seventh, got a chance at redemption when he came to the plate a second time in the inning with the Phils trailing 10-8 with the bases loaded and one out.

"I fell behind 0-1 and I told myself, "You have to be patient,"' said Victorino, who also tripled and scored a run in the third.

Phillies closer Brad Lidge is glad he doesn't have to prepare to face the guys he shares a clubhouse with.

"We have a bunch of very patient left-handed hitters and they brought a lot of right-handed guys out of the pen and that's tough on anybody," Lidge said. "I don't care how good you are. Our lineup is going to make it tough on a lot of bullpens this year. In situations like this, no one's safe."

The Phillies (1-2) tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Eric Bruntlett drove in Ibanez with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Phils wound up needing that one.

Lidge struck out Jeff Francoeur to start the ninth. But Matt Diaz hit a solo homer to left-center to pull the Braves (2-1) within a run.

Lidge got a groundout and strikeout to end the game, upping his consecutive save streak to 52 (dating back to the 2007 season and including the 2008 postseason).

"The way our hitters just calmly scored nine runs when we needed to -- it's reminiscent of what we do best," Lidge said. "And I think it lets us know that we're back on track, that we have an incredible team and we're going on the road with a good feeling."

Cole Hamels, who was slated to start Opening Day but was scratched because of a sore elbow that developed during spring training, makes his season debut Friday against the Colorado Rockies. It will be the first ever start at Coors Field.

"I'm sure everybody's anxious to see him back out there," Victorino said. "I know I am."

amanda.housenick@mcall.com

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Phillies 12

Braves 11

Looking ahead: The Phillies have today off and then travel to Colorado for a weekend series with the Rockies.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

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