J.A. Happ teamed with Rudy Seanez, Scott Eyre (W, 5-0) and Ryan Madson to stifle an Atlanta lineup without Chipper Jones and Brian McCann.
Pat Burrell added a three-run homer in a four-run eighth. With Milwaukee idle, the Phillies' magic number to reach the post-season is down to three. Meanwhile in Queens, the visiting Cubs lead the Mets 8-4 in the bottom of the eighth. Should the score hold, the Mets would fall 2 1/2 games behind the Phils in the National League East.
Beerleaguer: Credit Rich Dubee and the rest of the Phillies' decision makers for going with Happ, making the 5th starter issue moot. Another nice job for the 25-year-old southpaw. The Phils hold off a benign threat using a hodgepodge bullpen. Tonight was all business against a much weaker Braves team, wiping their hands of it like a playoff team should.
Things are looking mighty good.Update: The Cubs dumped the Mets 9-5. With six to play, the Mets cling to a one-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Wild Card race. The Brewers open a three-game set against the Pirates tomorrow. With the win, the Cubs clinched home-field advantage through the NLCS.