Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/9)

Game 1: Friday, April 8
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Game 2: Saturday, April 9
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Game 3: Sunday, April 10
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Phillies 10

(6-2, 1-1 away)

Braves 2

(4-5, 1-1 home)

1:10 PM ET, April 9, 2011

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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W: R. Oswalt (2-0)

L: B. Beachy (0-1)

Carlos Ruiz comes off bench to drive in 5 runs in Phillies' victory

Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Scott Linebrink threw one fastball past Carlos Ruiz.

Ruiz was ready when the next pitch came in the same location.

Ruiz hit a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in five runs, and Roy Oswalt earned his first victory over Atlanta as the Phillies rolled to a 10-2 win over the Braves on Saturday.

With Brian Schneider starting behind the plate, Ruiz sat out the first six innings. He still set his career high for RBIs with his slam in the seventh and run-scoring double in the eighth.

Ruiz hit the homer on an 0-2 pitch from Linebrink.

"I told myself, 'Just use your hands,' and it was right there, the same pitch," Ruiz said.

Ruiz drove in another run with the double off Cristhian Martinez in the eighth.

Five RBIs on only two at-bats?

"I'll take it," Ruiz said.

Oswalt (2-0) gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, in six innings. The Braves were the only National League team Oswalt had not beaten in the regular season.

With temperatures in the 80s, Oswalt wore down in a long sixth inning but said he enjoyed the heat and humidity.

"With heat, you get humidity," he said. "You can feel the ball better. You can spin the ball better."

Oswalt said he was impressed with Atlanta's lineup, which has added second baseman Dan Uggla and rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman.

"It's a good lineup, a real good lineup," Oswalt said. "This is a lineup that can beat you all the way down."

Oswalt and three relievers combined to allow only six hits.

"We'll take our butt-kicking today and go out and try to win the series tomorrow," said Atlanta's Chipper Jones.

Schneider gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead with his two-run homer off Brandon Beachy (0-1) in the fourth. The Phillies had 15 hits, including eight for extra bases.

"We were swinging good today," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "The catchers were swinging good."

Ruiz's first career pinch-hit homer drove in Raul Ibanez, who doubled to knock Beachy out of the game, John Mayberry and Wilson Valdez.

Mayberry had a pinch-hit single off George Sherrill, who then walked Valdez.

"That seventh kind of didn't go the way we planned," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Shane Victorino, who had four hits, singled off Martinez in the eighth to drive in Ruiz.

Beachy is still looking for his first win after giving up seven hits and four runs in six-plus innings. The rookie right-hander has made five career starts, including three against the Phillies.

Victorino doubled to right to lead off the game and scored on Ben Francisco's two-out single. Beachy issued an intentional walk to Ryan Howard to face Francisco.

The Braves scored two in the third. Alex Gonzalez doubled to right and scored on Freeman's single. Beachy pushed Freeman to second with a sacrifice. Martin Prado followed with a single to right that Francisco bobbled for an error, allowing Freeman to score.

Atlanta's 2-1 lead didn't last an inning. With two outs in the fourth, Ibanez walked, and Schneider followed with the homer about 10 rows deep in the right-field stands.

Oswalt pitched out of a jam after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. Oswalt gave up a single to Jones before walking Brian McCann and Uggla. Jason Heyward's broken-bat pop-up to third baseman Placido Polanco ended the inning.

Oswalt was 0-3 with a 6.21 ERA against Atlanta in nine games, including eight starts, with Houston and Philadelphia before Saturday. David Herndon, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez combined for three scoreless innings behind him.

Ruiz drove in four runs three times, most recently on Sept. 13, 2010 at Florida.

Game notes


The double by Gonzalez in the third inning was the 300th of his career. He added another double high off the left-field wall in the fifth. ... Oswalt singled to right field in the fifth and was thrown out by Heyward trying to advance to second base. ... Manny Ramirez's retirement leaves Jones as the active leader with 207 game-winning RBIs.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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Game Information

StadiumTurner Field, Atlanta, GA
Attendance36,256 (73.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
Game Time2:44
Weather81 degrees, cloudy
Wind8 mph
UmpiresHome Plate - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson