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Braves Rally Back on Phillies

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves overcame two large deficits
Wednesday and pulled out a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies
on Matt Diaz's two-out, bases-loaded double in the ninth inning.
The Braves -- who trailed 5-0 and 8-2 -- made a game of it with
four runs in the eighth. After Philadelphia's Brett Myers (3-6)
retired the first two batters in the ninth, Jeff Francoeur and
Martin Prado hustled to beat out infield hits, and Yunel Escobar
walked to load the bases.
That brought up Diaz, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in
the seventh. He went the opposite way with a liner that skidded off
the glove of right fielder Chris Roberson and landed at the base of
the wall.
Roberson hit the relay man, but the throw home was up the
first-base line. Escobar slid across with the improbable winning
run while the Braves celebrated as though they had just won a
championship.
Diaz was mobbed behind the pitcher's mound, giving the Braves
just their second win in six games on a crucial homestand against
their two top rivals in the NL East.
The Braves are still seven-and-a-half games behind the
first-place New York Mets, who lost 7-0 to Cincinnati. The Phillies
remain five games back in second place.
Rafael Soriano (3-3) earned the win.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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