Giambi breaks long drought with 3-run shot


ATLANTA (AP) -- Jeremy Giambi hasn't had much success as a pinch-hitter, and he's had even less lately.

Maybe this will do the trick.

Giambi snapped a 0-for-15 skid with a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Wednesday night.

Carlos Silva (5-0) worked two innings in relief of starter Brett
Myers, helping the Phillies win for the fifth time in seven games.
They trail second-place Montreal by one game.

"Our bullpen's been kind of so-so at times, and at times it's been really good,'' Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. "Kind of like our team.''

Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his 41st save in 50 chances. He
gave up Chipper Jones' RBI double with one out.

The NL East champion Braves fell to 3-5 in their past eight games.

Giambi's homer -- the second of his career as a pinch-hitter -- came off Kerry Ligtenberg (3-4) and put the Phillies ahead 5-4 in
the fifth. Before that, he was 2-for-17 in that role this season.

"In pinch-hitting, it's important to hit the first couple of
pitches,'' Giambi said. "The first swing I take is usually a hit.
When you go deeper in the count, the pitcher has you at his

Atlanta starter Jason Marquis probably ruined any chance he had
of making the pitching staff for the divisional series, lasting
only 3 2/3 innings for the second straight start. He walked five
and gave up six hits and two runs.

"Obviously, I control that with my pitching, but I'm not out
there thinking if I have a good start I make the postseason
roster,'' Marquis said.

As the No. 5 starter, Marquis has been passed over in the
rotation several times, and he also was on the 15-day disabled list
earlier in the season with tendinitis in his shoulder.

"I did take away something positive,'' he said. "I felt like
my old self out there.''

Travis Lee went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Marlon Anderson added
two hits for Philadelphia.

With the Braves leading 4-2, Lee led off the fifth with a single
and, two outs later, Anderson walked. Giambi batted for Myers and
hit an 0-1 fastball from Ligtenberg about 10 rows into the stands
in right.

"I was just happy to do it in a situation like that, where it
put us ahead and just didn't tie it up,'' Giambi said.

Since arriving in a trade with Oakland on May 22, he's made the
bulk of his 47 starts at first base, but he's also played the

"If Jeremy Giambi is going to be a part of this team, we've got to find a place to play him,'' Bowa said. "I don't know where that is.''

The Phillies added a run in the eighth when Jimmy Rollins scored on a double by Bobby Abreu.

Atlanta scored two runs in the third on an error by Anderson and
a balk by Myers. Marcus Giles drove in a run in the second with a
double, and later scored on a single by Mark DeRosa.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the second, when Placido Polanco
scored on a single by Myers. It was the first RBI of Myers' career.

"It was a game we could have won,'' Atlanta manager Bobby Cox
said. "We didn't pitch particularly well tonight.''

Game notes
Rollins, the Phillies shortstop, recorded assists on five straight outs at one point, cleanly fielding grounders and making the throw to first base. ... Atlanta RHP Albie Lopez pitched a scoreless seventh and hasn't had a decision in 11 appearances. That spans two months. ... Atlanta SS Rafael Furcal missed his second straight game with the flu. ... Abreu doubled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.