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Lieber leads Phillies to doubleheader sweep over Braves

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Jon Lieber is getting hot at the right time
for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lieber continued his recent string of strong starts to help the
Phillies to another much-needed win, a 7-2 victory over the
Atlanta Braves that completed a sweep of their doubleheader.

Lieber (8-9) has won four straight decisions and lost just once
in his last seven starts. The veteran righthander allowed two
runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday, striking out two
without a walk to help keep the Phillies (74-71) in the thick
of the National League wild card chase.

Coupled with a 6-5 triumph in the first game of the twinbill,
Philadelphia's second win of the day helped close the gap in the
wild card standings on first-place San Diego to 1 1/2 games.
The Padres (75-69) posted a 10-0 victory over the Cincinnati
Reds on Wednesday behind another strong start by Jake Peavy.

The Phillies took the lead in this one in the second inning on a
two-run home run by Jimmy Rollins and never trailed thereafter.
Carlos Ruiz helped break open the game with a two-run blast in
the third and an RBI single in the fifth.

The home run by Rollins was his 20th of the season. He joins
second baseman Chase Utley (28 homers) to make up the first pair
of middle infielders in team history to each have 20 or more
homers in a season.

While Lieber was able to keep his winning streak going, Atlanta
starter Tim Hudson (12-11) saw his snapped at four games.
Hudson allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings in losing
for the first time since August 3.