The Phillies finish their season series a perfect 9-0 at Turner Field, completing their third-consecutive road sweep of Atlanta to stay on top of the National League East. The Phils have won seven straight.
Owned. It starts with the pitching, which is what this series was all about. Cole Hamels might have been sub-par by his own standards, but he still earned a quality start with six innings of two-run ball. He actually lowered his ERA to 3.10 without having his best stuff. The lethargic Braves tacked on an unearned run off Ryan Madson, but that was it. J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge pitched scoreless frames to close it out. For Lidge, who was much better tonight than Tuesday, the All-Star closer improved to 38 for 38 in save opportunities.
Offensively, they hit the ball hard all night, but managed just four runs. The big blow came off the bat of Pat Burrell, who belted a Mike Hampton hanging breaking ball into the left-field seats for a two-run shot, marking his 250th career tater. For the second game in a row, the Phils got on the board early. Jayson Werth continued to earn his everyday keep with a run-scoring double in the first inning. Ryan Howard drove him home to collect his 138th RBI of the season.
All-in-all, the story boils down to total domination over the Braves at Turner Field, paced by their arms and a ridiculously good 2.74 season-series ERA.
Elsewhere, Mets win, Brewers lose. The Phils remain a half-game up on New York in the division race.