Arthur Rhodes gave up the game like it was his job earlier this afternoon, as the Braves notched a 4-3 victory over the Phillies. They'll turn to rookie Scott Mathieson to salvage a split.
Rhodes, brought in to face left-handed hitter Adam LaRoche, surrendered a 9th-inning two-run home run deep into the right field seats. It was Rhodes' second blown save in as many opportunities, and he has now allowed 16 runs in 19 1-3 innings at home.
Rhodes spoiled a good game by Chase Utley, who hit two homers to put the Phils ahead 3-0. Jon Lieber pitched eight strong innings and earned a no decision. Shane Victorino went 4-for-4 with a brilliant diving catch in center field. Randall Simon singled to left in his first at-bat for the Phillies after being acquired from Texas yesterday. It was Simon's first hit in the majors since Sept. 3, 2004.
The second game features a battle between two young hurlers. For Philadelphia, Scott Mathieson (1-4, 7.23 ERA) has been called into action for a spot start. He’ll face Kyle Davies (2-3, 6.12 ERA), making his first Braves appearance since May 15.