PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have shifted their
focus from the wild-card race toward catching first-place Atlanta.
Reserve infielder Ramon Martinez hit his first career grand
slam, leading Philadelphia to a 12-4 victory over the Braves on
"I don't really enjoy too much with a loss," Jones said.
The Phillies moved into a tie with Florida for first place in
the NL wild-card standings, and closed within five games of NL
East-leading Atlanta with their third straight win over the Braves.
They've won five of six overall since Houston swept a three-game
series in Philadelphia last week.
With Brett Myers pitching against the Braves on Thursday and
three more games in Atlanta next week, the Phillies are back in the
division race after starting the week eight games out.
"That's definitely on our minds," said Cory Lidle, who pitched
five effective innings for the win.
Jones connected for his 300th career homer off Geoff Geary in
the eighth inning, hitting a solo shot into the second deck in left
field. The 28-year-old center fielder became the 12th player in
major league history to hit 300 homers before his 30th birthday.
"If Andruw is going to hit one like that when we're up nine
runs, I kind of enjoyed watching it," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said of the 438-foot drive. "It was worth following."
Lidle (11-10) allowed three runs and seven hits to win his
second straight start since coming off the disabled list.
Consecutive singles by Bell and Mike Lieberthal loaded the bases
with one out in the third inning against Horacio Ramirez (11-9).
Martinez followed with a liner into the left-field seats for his
first homer this season, giving the Phillies a 7-0 lead.
Martinez started at first base for Ryan Howard, a left-handed
hitter who had the night off against the left-handed Ramirez.
Howard hit nine homers in the previous 19 games, but Manuel still
kept him out of the lineup. Martinez made the often-criticized
Manuel look like a genius.
"That's the thing about utility guys, whenever you get a chance
you try to contribute," Martinez said, adding he was surprised to
get the start.
Ramirez allowed seven runs -- six earned -- and eight hits in
three innings in his shortest outing of the season and worst since
giving up eight runs in five innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 3.
"It was a rough night for Ramirez," Braves manager Bobby Cox
said. "The grand slam hurt us."
Philadelphia scored three times in the first with help from
Atlanta's defense and a few lucky bounces.
Rollins doubled leading off the inning. After Michaels struck
out, Rollins stole third and scored on Bobby Abreu's infield single
up the middle.
Bell hit an RBI single to left, and Lieberthal had a sacrifice
fly to make it 3-0.
Jones had never hit more than 36 homers in a season,
reaching that mark in 2000 and 2003. ... Rollins is the 16th
Phillies player since 1900 to have a hitting streak of 20 games.
The longest was 26 games by Chuck Klein in 1930. ... Martinez tied
a career high with four RBI. He did it with San Francisco against
the Dodgers in 2002. ... The Phillies have seven slams this season,
one short of the team record set by the 1993 NL champions. ...
Burrell walked four times and has a career-high 91 walks this
season. ... 3B Chipper Jones was back in the lineup after not
starting Tuesday night because of strained left quadriceps.