ATLANTA (AP) -- Losing repeatedly to his former team hasn't cost
Kevin Millwood sense of humor.
Asked if he ever discusses losing to the Braves when he goes
hunting with close friend Chipper Jones, Millwood smiled.
"No," he said. "I have a gun when I'm hunting."
Millwood (4-4) wasted a four-run lead and dropped to 0-6 with a
9.10 ERA in six starts against Atlanta, which traded him to
Philadelphia for catcher Johnny Estrada on Dec. 20, 2002. Millwood
allowed six runs, eight hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings.
"I have no idea what it is," Millwood said. "I hope somebody
figures it out and lets me know soon. It's frustrating because we
had a good chance to win this series, and after the first two
innings, we had a real good chance to win this series. That's
what's frustrating about it."
Atlanta (28-28) stopped a two-game skid and avoided falling two
games under .500 this late in the season since ending 1990 with 97
Jaret Wright (4-5) won his second straight decision, allowing
four runs and six hits in five innings.
"I wanted to keep the game close," Wright said. "When you're
already out of the game and they put up runs, that's definitely a
Antonio Alfonseca, Kevin Gryboski and Chris Reitsma combined to
pitch 2 2-3 scoreless innings before John Smoltz entered with Jim
Thome on first and two outs in the eighth. Smoltz, who ended the
inning by getting Chase Utley to ground into a forceout, finished
for his eighth save in nine chances.
"I didn't think I was going to be in this one for a save,"
Smoltz said. "We played ourselves out of it, then we came back to
Thome hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who have lost six
Millwood retired seven straight and led 4-0 when Andruw Jones
singled to begin the fifth.
DeWayne Wise reached on a bunt single and took second on third
baseman Tomas Perez's throwing error. Utley, backing up first
baseman Jim Thome, tried to throw out Jones at third but instead
bounced the ball past catcher Mike Lieberthal for an error as Wise
Nick Green hit an RBI single and Drew's 12th homer, an
opposite-field drive to left, gave the Braves a 5-4 lead.
"That was a big situation," Drew said. "I was trying to
square up and hit it hard, and it went out of the park."
After a walk and a single, Andruw Jones chased Millwood with his
second single of the inning, which gave Atlanta a two-run lead.
"I don't care about me versus the Braves," Millwood said.
"That's your gig. It's the Phillies against another team. It's not
me against the Braves. Any time they put runs on the board early
for you it lets you get a little comfortable but I thought I was
throwing the ball well up until the fifth. Then I made some bad
Jones is hitting .438 with 17 RBI in 16 career at-bats against
"He's leaving balls out over the plate," Jones said. "The
times that I don't miss, I'm putting them in play."
Chipper Jones popped up as a pinch-hitter for Wright in the
Thome's 14th homer and Mike Lieberthal's solo shot in the second
built Philadelphia's lead.
SS Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-4. ... Green made a nice
over-the-shoulder catch in shallow right for the second out of the
eighth. ... Phillies closer Billy Wagner struck out two, allowed
one hit and topped 97 mph three times during a one-inning
rehabilitation assignment Sunday for Double-A Reading. Wagner is
likely to be activated before Tuesday. ... Philadelphia 2B Placido
Polanco came off the DL after the game. RHP Josh Hancock was sent
to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre make room on the roster.