Series: Game 3 of 4

Philadelphia leads 2-1 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Thursday, June 3
Game 2: Friday, June 4
Game 3: Saturday, June 5
Game 4: Sunday, June 6

Phillies 5

(29-25, 15-12 away)

Braves 3

(27-28, 14-13 home)

    1:15 PM ET, June 5, 2004

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: B. Myers (4-3)

    L: R. Ortiz (6-5)

    S: T. Worrell (8)

    Myers survives rough first inning

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Good things happen when Brett Myers pitches seven innings.

    Ricky Ledee drove in three runs and Myers overcame a rough first inning to win for the first time in three starts, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Atlanta Braves 5-3 Saturday.

    "Any time a pitcher can get runs early, it's good," Myers said. "After that, I try to go out and relax."

    The Braves, losing two straight for the first time in 17 games, fell to 27-28, their worst record this late in the season since having an identical record on June 6, 1992.

    After allowing two runs and three hits in the first, Myers (4-3) gave up just three more hits in his seven innings. He walked four and struck out five.

    When pitching at least seven innings, Myers has won seven straight starts and is now 10-3 in his career.

    "I was throwing sinkers away and curveballs -- anything that will get a groundball," Myers said. "I learned a lot about myself. The last three starts, I've found my rhythm and kept my body under control."

    Tim Worrell struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.

    Ledee started for just the third time since May 16, when he had three RBI at Colorado. The Phillies took a 4-0 lead in the first on Ledee's two-run single, and RBI singles by Chase Utley and Todd Pratt.

    Ledee, playing left field to give Pat Burrell a day off, added an RBI single for a 5-2 lead in the second.

    Once Myers settled down, Ledee knew the right-hander would make the most of his run support.

    "After the first inning, he was good," Ledee said. "We had to take advantage of that."

    Myers held the Braves scoreless for his last six innings, stranding runners in scoring position to end the first, third, fifth and seventh. Atlanta finished 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

    Russ Ortiz (6-5) lost for the first time in three starts, allowing nine hits, five runs and three walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out eight.

    Ortiz, who turned 30 Saturday, was 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his previous three starts.

    "After I came out from that inning, all I could really do or think was to go out there and keep making my pitches," Ortiz said. "Even after they got that next run, still it's the same thing. Go out and make my pitches and believe that these guys are going to make an effort to catch up."

    Rheal Cormier allowed Andruw Jones' RBI double to make it 5-3 in the eighth. Chipper Jones, pinch-hitting for Nick Green, reached on third baseman Tomas Perez's fielding error, but Cormier escaped further damage when Mark DeRosa grounded into a fielder's choice.

    "We got right back in it at 4-2," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Two runs over the eight innings is nothing. You would think we would score three or four anyway. We needed to hold them and we did, basically."

    Game notes

    Bowa also gave catcher Mike Lieberthal the day off. With David Bell nursing a sore hip, Perez was in the lineup for the second straight day at third. ... Chipper Jones, who has tightness in his right hamstring, appeared for the first time since Tuesday. He has been out of the starting lineup four straight games with tightness in his right hamstring. ... With one out in the first, Braves third base coach Fredi Gonzalez sent Johnny Estrada was running from first on Franco's double. Estrada, a slow runner, was thrown out 8-4-2, and then Andruw Jones grounded out to end the inning. ... Utley appeared to snag his right cleats before sliding into second and getting caught stealing 2-4 in the fifth.

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