Despite grabbing a first-inning lead and denying the Phils a pair of runs on throws to home by Jeff Francoeur, the Braves fell behind in the fifth inning and could not pull out the finale. With the loss, Atlanta fell a half-game back of second-place Philadelphia.
Ryan Howard, who had struggled a bit with Chase Utley out, came through in a big way on Sunday, smashing a go-ahead three-run blast in the fifth to make a winner of Jamie Moyer. The lefty earned victory No. 11, settling down after a rough opening frame.
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