Four-run ninth vaults Braves past Myers, Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even without their two stars, the Atlanta
Braves got back on track.

Edgar Renteria homered and doubled home the go-ahead run in the
top of the ninth inning to lift the Braves to a 5-1 victory over
the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.

Jeff Francoeur added a three-run homer in the ninth for the
Braves, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Horacio Ramirez
allowed one run in seven innings in a pitching duel with Brett

Chipper Jones (torso) and Andruw Jones (back) were both injured
in Friday's loss. They are considered day-to-day.

"We're missing two big bats but we've got enough in there,"
Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "A great ballgame. Ramirez and
Myers were both on their game."

Macay McBride (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
Closer Bob Wickman made his first appearance since Atlanta acquired
him from Cleveland, pitching a perfect ninth in a non-save

"Every day you have to step up a little more," Wickman said.
"It's a good feeling to win a game with [Chipper and Andruw Jones]
out of the lineup."

Renteria is doing his part. The shortstop is 4-for-8 in this

Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 23 games for the
Phillies, tying Renteria for the longest in the majors this season.

Myers (6-4) pitched into the ninth inning in his first home
start since being arrested on domestic assault and battery on his
wife in Boston. The incident happened in June before the Phillies
were scheduled to play a three-game series with the Red Sox.

He received a small and mixed reaction when he was introduced
during the starting lineups before the game. The reaction grew
louder, with boos and cheers on both sides, before Myers stepped to
the plate for his first at-bat.

Other than Renteria's leadoff homer in the fourth, Myers
dominated through the first eight innings. He set down the side in
order five times and retired 12 straight from the fifth to the
ninth inning.

Marcus Giles drew a leadoff walk to end that stretch and
Renteria followed with a liner down into the left-field corner to
score Giles easily and chase Myers.

Myers left to a wave of cheers. He acknowledged the crowd by
tipping his hat.

"I have total respect for the fans and I appreciated that a
lot," Myers said. "I want to thank them for that."

Phillies closer Tom Gordon intentionally walked Brian McCann
before Francoeur hit a long homer into the left-field seats for his
19th homer.

Myers gave up three runs and four hits in eight-plus innings. He
walked one and struck out seven.

"Brett had good stuff and that's why I let him go out there in
the ninth," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Hopefully, we
can put that whole situation behind us now."

Manuel said he wasn't surprised by the fans' reaction.

"The Philly fans are good baseball fans and [Sunday] was a good
indication of that," he said.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Pat
Burrell, Ryan Howard and David Bell strung together three singles
to load the bases. Mike Lieberthal followed with a soft grounder to
shortstop Renteria, who only had one play at first base, enabling
Burrell to score.

Renteria tied it when he drove the first pitch of the fourth
inning to the seats in left-center field. It was his 11th homer.

Chipper Jones' replacement, Wilson Betemit, made two sensational
plays, including the start of a nifty 5-4-3 double play in the
sixth inning. The Braves turned three double plays in the game.

Ramirez scattered 10 hits over seven innings. He walked one and
struck out five.

"Ramirez gave up a few hits but he's a groundball pitcher and
we had three double-plays," Cox said.

Game notes
The Phillies fell to 13-3 on Sundays. ... Utley's hitting
streak is the seventh longest by a Phillies, a list topped by Jimmy
Rollins' 38-game streak in 2005-06. ... Francoeur is hitless in 14
career at-bats against Myers.<