Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/2)

Game 1: Friday, September 1
Game 1: Saturday, September 2
Game 2: Saturday, September 2
Game 3: Sunday, September 3
Game 4: Sunday, September 3
in 11

Braves 4

(64-70, 34-35 away)

Phillies 16

(68-67, 34-36 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 2, 2006

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: E. Brito (1-2)

    L: K. Davies (2-4)

    Phillies pound out 20 hits to beat Braves in nightcap

    PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia Phillies took out their frustrations on the Atlanta Braves, and then some.

    Mike Lieberthal drove in four runs and Jimmy Rollins added three RBI as the Phillies rebounded from a pair of disappointing losses with a convincing 16-4 victory over the Braves in the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

    Philadelphia dropped a 4-3 decision in Saturday's opener as Arthur Rhodes surrendered a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche in the ninth. It was the second straight setback for the Phillies, who were coming off Thursday's 6-5 defeat to Washington in which they squandered leads of 4-2 in the ninth and 5-4 in the 10th.

    In avoiding their first three-game slide since late July, the Phillies pounded out a season-high 20 hits -- including one by every starter -- and scored in each of the first six innings for the first time since July 29, 1999.

    Rollins delivered an RBI double to ignite a three-run second inning and provided sacrifice flies to cap both a three-run third and a four-run fourth.

    Lieberthal, who entered hitting .318 with nine RBI in his last 13 games, hit a two-run homer in the third inning off Braves starter Kyle Davies (2-4). He added a sacrifice fly in the fourth and capped the Phillies' offense with an RBI single in the sixth.

    Philadelphia's mainstays were not the only ones who got into the act. Jose Hernandez matched a career high with four hits and added two RBI. Fellow newcomer Jeff Conine had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two more and Randall Simon, the team's latest acquisition, delivered a pinch RBI single in his only at-bat.

    Despite the Phillies' impressive totals, the game got off to a horrible start for them. Emergency starter Scott Mathieson left after only six pitches with a sprained right elbow and fellow rookie Eude Brito (1-2) came on and promptly allowed a two-run homer to Chipper Jones.

    However, Brito settled down to give Philadelphia four critical innings. The lefthander allowed two runs and four hits in his first relief outing of the season and first major league appearance of any kind since July 8.

    The Phillies (68-67) moved within one-half game of the San Diego Padres in the National League wild-card race. The Braves sit four games off the pace.

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