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Phillies outlast Braves in 37-degree weather

4/9/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies endured the cold for the kind of win that builds character.

Tomas Perez's two-out RBI single in the 10th inning gave Philadelphia a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

"Even thought we didn't score a lot of runs, we played a really good game,'' said Phillies coach Gary Varsho, who filled in as manager while Larry Bowa served a one-game suspension. "With those conditions, to come out with a win was very special for our guys.''

Pat Burrell opened the 10th with a single off reliever Kevin Gryboski (0-1) and moved to second on a sacrifice by pitcher Brett Myers, who was pinch-hitting.

After Mike Lieberthal was intentionally walked, Marlon Byrd hit
into a fielder's choice, sending Burrell to third. Perez then
singled up the middle past diving shortstop Rafael Furcal.

"It was a seeing-eye hit but, hey, we'll take it,'' Phillies starter Randy Wolf said. "A win like this is way more important than an 18-1 game. It brings everyone together.''

Jose Mesa (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for the win.

Atlanta's Gary Sheffield and manager Bobby Cox were ejected by
plate umpire Kerwin Danley after Sheffield was called out on
strikes in the fifth inning.

Bowa's suspension was for inciting the benches to clear during a
spring training game against Toronto.

The gametime temperature of 37 degrees helped lead to 16 walks, including four to Lieberthal, two wild pitches and a passed ball.

Burrell wasn't buying the announced temperature.

"It was 37 degrees at noon,'' he said. "This was a big one to get under these conditions. It was a great one to win and a tough one to lose. It was a full team effort for us.''

Wolf gave up three runs and two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked
four and threw two wild pitches.

Atlanta starter Jason Marquis gave up three runs, two earned,
and two hits in five innings. He walked six.

Robert Fick opened the ninth with a double off Philadelphia reliever Terry Adams and moved to third on a groundout. Adams struck out Chipper Jones and was relieved by Mesa, who walked Andruw Jones before striking out Javy Lopez.

"We had our chances all through the ballgame really, we just
couldn't get the really big hit,'' Cox said. "That's really a heck
of a way to lose a game, on a high chopper. A typical AstroTurf
hit. You wouldn't see that at our ballpark.''

Wolf knocked in the first two runs in the second inning. Burrell
reached on an error and went to second when Marquis' pickoff
attempt went awry for an error. One out later, Lieberthal and Byrd
walked before Wolf's single to center scored two.

Byrd scored on a single by Jimmy Rollins, but that was the last
hit for the Phillies until the 10th.

Atlanta got two runs back in the fourth without a ball reaching
the outfield. With one out, Vinny Castilla and Marcus Giles walked
before Marquis' sacrifice moved them up.

Castilla scored on a wild pitch while Giles went to third, and
he scored on an infield single by Furcal.

Giles scored the tying run in the sixth after earning a two-out
walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by
pinch-hitter Julio Franco off Carlos Silva.

Game notes
Philadelphia's David Bell sat out for the second straight game due to back spasms. ... Both teams stranded 12 runners. ... Myers' sacrifice was his first career pinch-hit appearance. ... Chipper Jones struck out three times against three different pitchers.