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 2      1   Final
07/21/2002 4:41 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Braves 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 1
 Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
Phils lose another close one
Wolf pitches well, but gets little support in 2-1 loss
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com

Phillies manager Larry Bowa, center, takes up the argument for Scott Rolen, left, after he was called out on strikes by umpire Ed Montague. (Miles Kennedy/AP)

BOXSCORE
Atlanta Braves 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Atlanta Braves
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
FurcalSS 4000030.280
DeRosa2B 4000010.324
SheffieldRF 4221000.291
Jones, CLF 2010200.310
Jones, ACF 4000034.257
Castilla3B 3000101.245
Lopez, JC 3011000.236
BlancoC 0000000.179
Helms1B 3000023.224
MillwoodP 3000023.154
LigtenbergP 0000000.000
SpooneybargerP 0000000.000
Totals3024231111
BATTING
2B: Jones, C (22, Wolf).
HR: Sheffield (18, 1st inning off Wolf, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Sheffield (57), Lopez, J (34).
2-out RBI: Sheffield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Millwood 2.
GIDP: Castilla.
Team LOB: 4.
FIELDING
E: Helms (3, fielding).
DP: 2 (Furcal, Millwood-Furcal-Helms).
Philadelphia Phillies
BatterPosABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
LedeeCF 3000102.207
CogginP 0000000.000
RollinsSS 4000001.247
AbreuRF 4000011.291
BurrellLF 4110011.293
Rolen3B 4011011.262
Lee1B 2000111.247
LieberthalC 3010011.265
1-GlanvillePR-CF 0000000.220
Anderson2B 3010001.279
WolfP 1000010.156
a-GiambiPH 1000011.268
PrattC 0000000.328
Totals291412710
a-Struck out for Wolf in the 8th.
1-Ran for Lieberthal in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Burrell (22, Millwood).
3B: Rolen (4, Millwood).
RBI: Rolen (62).
2-out RBI: Rolen.
S: Wolf.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lee, Ledee, Rolen.
GIDP: Rollins.
Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING
SB: Glanville (8, 2nd base off Millwood/Blanco).
FIELDING
DP: (Rolen-Anderson-Lee).
Atlanta Braves
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Millwood (W, 9-5) 8.04112603.53
Ligtenberg (H, 3) 0.10000102.06
Spooneybarger (S, 1) 0.20000003.70
Philadelphia Phillies
PitcherIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wolf (L, 5-7) 8.042221014.08
Coggin 1.00001105.07
IBB: Castilla (by Wolf).
Pitches-strikes: Millwood 108-66, Ligtenberg 7-6, Spooneybarger 5-2, Wolf 107-75, Coggin 12-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Millwood 9-9, Ligtenberg 0-0, Spooneybarger 2-0, Wolf 7-7, Coggin 2-0.
Batters faced: Millwood 28, Ligtenberg 2, Spooneybarger 2, Wolf 30, Coggin 3.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Jerry Layne. 3B: Lance Barksdale.
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, R to L.
T: 2:39.
Att: 25,012.
PHILADELPHIA -- On the final day the teams would wear their retro uniforms, the Braves swept the Phillies into the present, 2-1 Sunday, behind a red-hot Kevin Millwood.

In the Braves' three-game sweep, they outscoredthe Phillies by a total of five runs.

Millwood (9-5) won his seventh straight decision and hasn't lost since May 18, a span of 12 starts. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of those starts. He was coming off seven innings of allowing no runs on two-hits, with 11 strikeouts in a win over the Cubs.

Sunday was more of the same, as he surrendered a run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings. With closer John Smoltz having pitched three straight days and four of the past five, the Braves went to a committee in the ninth inning.

First baseman Wes Helms made things interesting when a liner from Jimmy Rollins bounced off his glove for a two-base error. Kerry Ligtenberg recovered to strike out Bobby Abreu. Rookie Tim Spooneybarger then relieved and got Pat Burrell and Scott Rolen on grounders for his first Major League save. He become the second Braves reliever other than Smoltz to record a save.

The Braves have won 23 of their last 29 games, and in their last 21 series, are 17-0-4.

While Millwood has benefitted from the Braves' 45-14 record since May 15 -- more wins than the Phillies have this season -- Randy Wolf again fell victim to a lack of run support. Randy Wolf (5-7) continued his run of good pitching by throwing eight innings for the second time. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, and struck out a season-high 10 -- the sixth time he's struck out 10 or more.

He struck out nine in his other eight-inning performance against Marlins, a game he also lost 2-1. Wolf has the sixth worst run support in the National League at 3.7 runs per game.

Millwood lost his no-hit bid when Marlon Anderson singled leading off the sixth. The last Brave to throw a no-hitter was Kent Mercker on April 8, 1994 against the Dodgers.

Gary Sheffield hit his 18th homer in the first inning for the Braves' first run. It was the only hit by either team through five innings.

The Braves made it 2-0 in the seventh. Sheffield started with an infield single and moved to third on a double by Chipper Jones. After Andruw Jones popped out to shortstop, Vinny Castilla was intentionally walked. Javy Lopez followed with a run-scoring single to left.

The Phillies got a break with two outs in the seventh when second baseman Mark DeRosa and Sheffield allowed Pat Burrell's shallow fly to right to fall in for a double. Scott Rolen followed with an RBI triple that got under a diving Sheffield's glove in right field.

Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at philliesfans2002@yahoo.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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