Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Atlanta leads 2-1 (as of 5/29)

Game 1: Thursday, May 27
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Game 2: Friday, May 28
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in 10
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Game 3: Saturday, May 29
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Game 4: Sunday, May 30
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Braves 9

(24-24, 13-14 away)

Phillies 3

(26-21, 13-10 home)

    1:15 PM ET, May 29, 2004

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: J. Thomson (4-2)

    L: V. Padilla (4-5)

    Padilla leaves early, ends up on DL

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- J.D. Drew ripped a shot into the right-center field seats, put his head down and trotted around the bases the same way he does after each homer.

    Seven years later, the Philadelphia fans still boo each time Drew comes to the plate. Drew insists it doesn't bother him.

    Drew drove in three runs and John Thomson pitched seven strong innings, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Phillies 9-3 Saturday.

    "They won't ever forgot around here," Drew said. "I just focus on what I can control."

    Drew is vilified by Philadelphia fans because he spurned a lucrative offer after the Phillies selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1997 amateur draft, re-entered the draft and signed with St. Louis.

    In Drew's first game with the Cardinals at the now-demolished Veterans Stadium in 1999, some fans threw batteries at him.

    "It's in the past," Drew said.

    Rafael Furcal had a two-run triple, and Dewayne Wise had three hits and two RBI for Atlanta, which has won seven of 10.

    Vicente Padilla (4-5) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings before leaving with an inflamed right elbow. He has tendinitis, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game.

    Philadelphia has lost three of five after going 12-4.

    "We need our starters to pitch deeper into the games," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

    Thomson (4-2) gave up three runs -- one earned -- and eight hits to win his second straight start. Thomson pitched seven shutout innings Monday in a 5-0 victory over Montreal.

    "I felt good. I had good stuff," Thomson said.

    Andruw Jones' two-out RBI double off the left-field wall gave the Braves a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Padilla retired the first two batters, then walked Drew and hit Johnny Estrada with a pitch.

    Jones doubled, and second baseman Chase Utley saved two more runs with a leaping, backhanded catch on a looper by Mike Hessman to end the inning.

    But Furcal's two-run triple off Roberto Hernandez increased the Braves' margin in the eighth.

    "We got big hits and good pitching," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

    Wise, subbing for injured left fielder Chipper Jones, had his first three-hit game in the major leagues.

    A throwing error by Furcal at shortstop helped the Phillies tie it in the fourth. David Bell led off with a double and scored when Furcal threw away Doug Glanville's grounder. Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI double.

    Drew's two-run shot followed Wise's RBI single, giving the Braves a 3-0 lead in the third.

    Padilla's injury is the latest setback for the Phillies, already without closer Billy Wagner and second baseman Placido Polanco.

    "Somebody is going to have to step up," Hernandez said. "Collectively, we're going to have to pick each other up."

    Padilla had won his previous four starts, going at least six innings in each outing.

    Game notes


    The crowd of 44,057 was the Phillies' 10th sellout in 23 games. ... Chipper Jones was out of the lineup with a quadriceps injury after getting hit with a pitch Friday night. ... Thome was back in the lineup after missing a game because he had a cortisone shot in his right index finger. ... Utley made his third error in four games in the first inning, misplaying a grounder. He went 0-for-4, ending an 11-game hitting streak. ... Braves 3B Mark DeRosa extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the eighth. ... Phillies RF Bobby Abreu stole his ninth base in nine tries in the first inning.

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