<
>

Atlanta (46-51) at Philadelphia (44-51) 7:05 pm EDT

7/24/2006

Atlanta (46-51) at Philadelphia (44-51) 7:05 pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Phillies try to
rebound from a painful defeat when they host the Atlanta
Braves in the series finale on Monday.

Making his first home start since being charged for domestic
violence on June 22, Philadelphia's Brett Myers allowed just one
run in the first eight innings before faltering in the ninth of
a 5-1 loss to the Braves on Sunday.

Myers retired 12 straight at one point, but walked Marcus Giles
to start the ninth and gave up an RBI single to Edgar Renteria
before being replaced. Unfortunately, reliever Tom Gordon
surrendered a three-run homer to Jeff Francoeur.

Tim Hudson (7-8, 4.95 ERA) starts on Monday for the Braves. In
four career starts vs. the Phillies, he is 2-2 with a 3.25
ERA. Hudson has a 10.39 ERA in his last two starts over 8 2/3
innings.

Phillies rookie Cole Hamels (2-4, 5.36) has struggled in his
last seven starts with a win, four losses and two no decisions.
The only win in the dry spell was a 5-3 victory over the
Pittsburgh Pirates on July 9 when he allowed three runs and six
hits in five innings.

In four home starts, Hamels is 1-2 with a 5.60 ERA.

Atlanta played without Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones in
Sunday's game. Chipper Jones injured his side in Friday night's
contest while Andruw Jones has a sore back. Both players are
listed as day-to-day.