Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/8)

Game 1: Monday, September 6
Game 2: Tuesday, September 7
Game 2: Wednesday, September 8
Game 3: Wednesday, September 8
Game 4: Thursday, September 9

Phillies 5

(69-69, 33-34 away)

Braves 3

(81-56, 40-27 home)

    4:35 PM ET, September 8, 2004

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: R. Madson (8-2)

    L: C. Reitsma (6-4)

    S: B. Wagner (17)

    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.

    Jim Thome

    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.

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