07/20/2002 01:36 am ET
Braves turn back clock on Phils
Red-hot Atlanta takes advantage of wild Duckworth
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- On July 19, 1980, the Braves toppled the Phillies 5-2 and 7-2 in a double-header. Twenty-two years later, Atlanta beat Philadelphia again.
Wearing uniforms from 22 years ago, the Phillies lost 4-1 Friday night at Veterans Stadium to a Braves team wearing uniforms from the mid-1970s. The teams waited out a 2-hour, 45-minute rain delay before showing off their retro duds, then Atlanta's offense drenched a wild Brandon Duckworth (5-8).
Andruw Jones smacked a solo home run in the second for Atlanta's first run. The Braves added two more in the fourth on a one-out bases-loaded walk to Javy Lopez and a sacrifice fly by former University of Pennsylvania quarterback Mark DeRosa. Vinny Castilla doubled in Chipper Jones in the sixth for the Braves' final run.
The win pushed the Braves 17 games ahead of the NL East cellar-dwelling Phillies, who lost their second straight game. Meanwhile, the Braves won their fourth straight. The Braves also opened up a 12 1/2-game lead on the Expos, who lost to the Marlins.
Duckworth struggled with his control on the soggy night, walking six in seven innings. He allowed seven hits and four runs, the third straight outing in which he's allowed four runs.
Braves starter Damian Moss (5-4) was coming off two consecutive bad starts in which he had allowed 12 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings. Last Sunday, he gave up a career-high seven earned runs and issued a career-high eight walks in 5 2/3 innings against the Expos.
He looked a lot more like the early season version of himself, allowing one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out four. Lefties Chris Hammond and Mike Remlinger pitched an inning a piece and John Smoltz earned his 35th save in 38 opportunities with a scoreless ninth.
The Phillies scored their lone run in the fifth. Tomas Perez, subbing for an injured Jimmy Rollins, singled with one out and went to second on an error by first baseman Matt Franco. After Duckworth singled him third, Marlon Anderson knocked him in with a groundout to second.
Of note in the loss was a brilliant play by Bobby Abreu that cut down Rafael Furcal attempting to stretch a base hit into a double. Abreu nabbed a one-hopper headed for the right-field corner, gathered himself and unleashed a bullet one-hopper to Perez.
The teams continue their three-game series Saturday with Terry Adams (4-6, 4.88) opposing Jason Marquis (6-5, 4.07).
Ken Mandel covers the Phillies for MLB.com and can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Atlanta Braves 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1|
|a-Flied out for Remlinger in the 9th.|
|2B: DeRosa (5, Duckworth), Jones, C (21, Duckworth), Castilla (17, Duckworth), Sheffield (16, Duckworth).|
HR: Jones, A (21, 2nd inning off Duckworth, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Jones, A (62), Lopez, J (33), DeRosa (8), Castilla (47).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Franco, M, Moss 2, Castilla 2.
Team LOB: 8.
|CS: Furcal (13, 2nd base by Silva/Lieberthal).|
|E: Franco, M (2, throw).|
|a-Popped out for Duckworth in the 7th. b-Grounded out for Silva in the 9th.|
|2B: Abreu (30, Moss).|
RBI: Anderson (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burrell, Duckworth, Michaels, Lee 2, Anderson.
Team LOB: 9.
|SB: Anderson (3, 2nd base off Moss/Lopez, J).|
|Outfield assists: Abreu (Furcal at 2nd base).|
|Moss (W, 5-4)
|Hammond (H, 8)
|Remlinger (H, 20)
|Smoltz (S, 35)
|Duckworth (L, 5-8)
IBB: DeRosa (by Duckworth), Jones, C (by Duckworth).
Pitches-strikes: Moss 101-58, Hammond 17-11, Remlinger 34-22, Smoltz 29-19, Duckworth 122-66, Silva 22-15.
Ground outs-fly outs: Moss 6-8, Hammond 0-1, Remlinger 1-0, Smoltz 2-1, Duckworth 6-8, Silva 3-1.
Batters faced: Moss 24, Hammond 4, Remlinger 5, Smoltz 4, Duckworth 33, Silva 6.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Lance Barksdale. 2B: Ed Montague. 3B: Mike DiMuro.
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, R to L.
T: 3:05 (2:45 delay).