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Four straight 40-homer seasons for Thome

ATLANTA (AP) -- Jim Thome led the Philadelphia Phillies to a win
with a milestone home run, but was in no mood to celebrate.

The slugger's three-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the
Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in the first game of
a doubleheader Wednesday. Thome reached 40 homers for a fourth
straight season, but the Phillies are just .500 at 69-69 -- 12½
games behind the Braves.

"I've always said when you don't go into the playoffs, they
forget your year the day after," Thome said.

Thome's homer off Tom Martin came after Jason Michaels walked
and Pat Burrell singled off Chris Reitsma (6-4) to open the inning.

Braves manager Bobby Cox then brought in Martin to face Thome,
who struck out in his first three at-bats. Thome was 0-for-5 in his
career against Martin before hitting a 3-2 pitch into the
right-field seats for his 40th homer. He hit 47 last year, his
first with the Phillies.

Thome said in similar situations he has pressed this season as
he has tried to carry the Phillies.

"It's been unfortunate, really," Thome said. "You can't
really try too hard in those situations. Once you get into a rut,
you can't catch up. It's been a tough year all around for our club.
We've battled, but we really haven't achieved what we wanted to
achieve."

Ryan Madson (8-2) earned the win in relief of Vincent Padilla,
and Billy Wagner pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer as the Braves took a 3-2 lead
in the fifth, but Atlanta's bullpen couldn't hold the lead for
Jaret Wright, who was denied his 15th win.

"It doesn't bother me," Wright said. "They've saved games for
me all year. Everything evens out. ... You win as a team, you lose
as a team. I'm never going to point fingers."

Padilla gave up four hits and three runs -- two earned -- in six
innings.

Wright gave up seven hits and two runs, but needed 110 pitches
to make it through six innings. He struck out eight.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Doug
Glanville's sacrifice fly, and Padilla drove in a run in the fifth
with a single to center.

The Phillies then loaded the bases against Wright. With one out,
Bobby Abreu took a called third strike and argued the call with
plate umpire Larry Vanover. Abreu tossed his bat as he started to
walk away and was thrown out of the game by Vanover, sparking a
renewed argument.

Abreu had to be restrained by Bowa and Phillies bench coach Gary
Varsho before finally leaving the field.

"That must be a new rule," Bowa said of Abreu being tossed for
throwing his bat.

Bowa said Abreu "never, ever, ever, ever" gets thrown out of
games. "He was pretty violent," Bowa said. "Bobby knows the
strike zone pretty good. ... He doesn't usually argue that
violently."

Wright struck out Thome to end the inning.

Braves second baseman Marcus Giles was hit on his left elbow by
a pitch from Padilla in the first inning. Giles was removed in the
top of the second inning as Nick Green took over at second base.

Giles has a bruised left elbow and is day to day. He didn't
start the second game of the doubleheader.

Padilla quickly lost the 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Andruw Jones led off with a single and LaRoche hit an 0-2 pitch
over the right-field wall for his 10th homer.

With two outs, Burrell couldn't hang onto a drive to left-center
by Rafael Furcal, who advanced to second on the error. Green
followed with a run-scoring triple to right for a 3-2 lead.

Game notes
Abreu set a career high when he stole his 37th base after
reaching with a two-out single in the first. With 27 homers, Abreu
is three homers shy of a 30-30 season. ... Drew's fourth-inning
double extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest current
streak in the NL. Drew had a 22-game streak from June 30 to July
26.