PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Kyle Lohse gave the Phillies something
they've sorely lacked down the stretch.
Lohse pitched seven strong innings, and Philadelphia improved
its playoff hopes with a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves
Lohse (9-12) allowed two runs and six hits, striking out five
and becoming the first Phillies starter to go seven innings since
Jamie Moyer on September 14th.
Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino hit a solo homer, Greg Dobbs had a
key two-run single and Philadelphia took advantage of third baseman
Chipper Jones' throwing error to score three unearned runs off Tim
The Phillies (86-72) entered one game behind San Diego in the
N-L wild-card standings and two back of the East-leading Mets. New
York hosted Washington and the Padres played at San Francisco.
The loss all but eliminated Atlanta from postseason contention.
The Braves (83-75) remain alive, but have to win their last four
games and get a lot of help to pass Colorado, Philadelphia and San
If the players were NOT scoreboard watching, the fans certainly
were. They frantically waved their white-and-red ``Fightin' Phils''
towels and cheered wildly when the Nationals rallied from a
four-run deficit to take the lead against the Mets in the fifth
inning of that game.
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