Series: Game 2 of 3

Philadelphia leads 2-0 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Tuesday, September 12
Game 1: Wednesday, September 13
Game 2: Wednesday, September 13
Game 3: Thursday, September 14

Phillies 7

(74-71, 38-33 away)

Braves 2

(69-76, 33-38 home)

8:35 PM ET, September 13, 2006

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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W: J. Lieber (8-9)

L: T. Hudson (12-11)

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.

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