07/26/2002 10:45 pm ET
Phillies slip by Braves
Shaky bullpen holds on to make Wolf winner
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA - It took some help from his shaky bullpen, but Randy Wolf was finally rewarded for a strong effort against the Braves
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 2|
|a-Flied out for Adams in the 9th.|
|2B: Abreu (32, Millwood), Wolf (4, Millwood).|
HR: Rollins (8, 3rd inning off Millwood, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Anderson (35), Rollins 2 (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell, Ledee.
GIDP: Wolf, Burrell.
Team LOB: 6.
|E: Rollins (10, fielding).|
DP: 2 (Anderson-Rollins-Giambi, Rollins-Anderson-Lee).
|a-Walked for Millwood in the 7th. b-Walked for Helms in the 9th. c-Singled for Remlinger in the 9th.|
|1-Ran for Franco, J in the 7th.|
|RBI: Blanco (14), Furcal (32).|
S: Millwood, Blanco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Furcal, Millwood, Jones, A, DeRosa 2, Castilla, Sheffield 2.
GIDP: Jones, C, Jones, A.
Team LOB: 10.
|E: DeRosa (4, fielding).|
Outfield assists: Jones, A (Rolen at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Castilla-DeRosa-Helms, DeRosa-Furcal-Helms).
|Wolf (W, 6-7)
|Mercado (H, 3)
|Adams (H, 2)
|Mesa (S, 28)
|Millwood (L, 9-6)
|Coggin pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. |
Pitches-strikes: Wolf 96-56, Mercado 5-4, Coggin 13-5, Adams 7-3, Mesa 22-10, Millwood 105-67, Spooneybarger 12-7, Remlinger 14-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Wolf 12-7, Mercado 2-0, Coggin 0-0, Adams 2-1, Mesa 2-0, Millwood 6-10, Spooneybarger 2-1, Remlinger 2-1.
Batters faced: Wolf 27, Mercado 2, Coggin 2, Adams 2, Mesa 6, Millwood 29, Spooneybarger 3, Remlinger 4.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Mark Hirschbeck. 2B: Paul Schrieber. 3B: Matt Hollowell.
Weather: 72 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to CF.
The 25-year-old southpaw handcuffed the National League East leaders for the second time in less than a week and his offense took advantage of a few early Kevin Millwood mistakes to help the Phillies claim a 3-2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field on Friday night.
Wolf (6-7) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in eight innings. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in seven of his past eight starts. In his past four starts, he has a 2.22 ERA.
Last weekend, the Braves swept the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Despite allowing two earned runs and striking out a season-high 10 in an eight-inning effort,
Wolf was outdueled by Millwood in the finale of that three-game series.
Wolf limited the Braves to two hits in the first six innings of Friday's game before giving up back-to-back singles to Vinny Castilla and Wes Helms to open the seventh. Henry Blanco then laid down a successful sacrifice bunt before Julio Franco drew a walk during a nine-pitch at-bat.
With the bases loaded, Phillies manager Larry Bowa went to the mound to pull Wolf in favor of left-handed reliever Hector Mercado.
Mercado got Rafael Furcal to hit a soft dribbler in front of the plate. But instead of getting the force out at the plate, he went to first base which allowed Castilla to score and cut the Phillies lead to one run.
The Phillies had built their once three-run advantage on a Marlon Anderson fielder's choice that scored Jeremy Giambi in the second inning and a two-run homer by Jimmy Rollins in the third inning.
Rollins, who hadn't homered since June 28, had just three hits in his previous 43 at-bats entering Friday's game.
Millwood, who had won his previous seven starts, allowed three earned runs on eight hits in seven innings. The loss was his first since May 18, a span that covered 12 starts. He has allowed a total of four earned runs in his past 22 innings.
Blanco accounted for the Braves first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right in the fifth that scored Andruw Jones, who had drawn a walk to open the inning.
The Braves threatened again in the eighth when David Coggin walked Gary Sheffield, who extended his Atlanta record consecutive games on base streak to 51, and Chipper Jones to begin the inning.
But Bowa then called upon former starter Terry Adams to make his second relief appearance of the season. The right-hander got Andruw Jones to ground into a threat-killing double play and Castilla to hit a harmless high popup in front of the plate to end the inning.
Jose Mesa issued two walks, to raise the team's total on the night to eight, and faced a bases-loaded situation against Sheffield in the ninth. But the Phillies closer proved up to the task by getting the Braves right fielder to ground out to end the game. Mesa now has 28 saves.
Mark Bowman covers the Braves for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com.
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