Series: Game 3 of 3

Philadelphia won 3-0

Game 1: Monday, September 20
Game 2: Tuesday, September 21
Game 3: Wednesday, September 22

Braves 0

(86-67, 34-44 away)

Phillies 1

(92-61, 53-28 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 22, 2010

    Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    W: R. Madson (6-2)

    L: J. Venters (4-3)

    S: B. Lidge (26)

    Roy Oswalt powers Phillies, who reduce magic number to 4

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- Roy Oswalt watched Philadelphia's other two aces do their job, then he outdid them.

    Oswalt and a pair of relievers combined on a one-hitter and the NL East-leading Phillies beat Atlanta 1-0 Wednesday night for their 10th straight win, increasing their bulge over the Braves to six games.

    Raul Ibanez hit an RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning for the only run, helping the two-time NL champions reduce their magic number for clinching their fourth straight division title to four. It was the Phillies' first home sweep over the Braves since 2001.

    "I think the faster we get it done, the better off we'll be," manager Charlie Manuel said.

    Oswalt allowed just one hit -- a clean double by Martin Prado in the fourth -- and one walk in seven scoreless innings.

    Atlanta began the day with a one-game lead over San Diego in the wild-card race.

    While the Braves used two rookies -- Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy, who made his major league debut on Monday -- to start the first two games of a crucial series, the Phillies adjusted their rotation so their three aces would pitch.

    Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay delivered in the first two games. Oswalt pitched even better, though he didn't get the win.

    "I didn't want them to do something I couldn't do," Oswalt said. "I'm trying to push them as much as possible and they're doing that off me. Anytime you feed off each other, it helps down the stretch."

    Ryan Madson (6-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Brad Lidge finished for his 26th save in 31 chances, earning a save in each game of this series. He retired Prado on a shallow fly to right to leave the tying run at second.

    Jonny Venters (4-3) hit Chase Utley with a pitch to start Philadelphia's eighth. After Ryan Howard grounded into a double play, Jayson Werth walked.

    Ibanez then hit an opposite-field drive that sliced into the left-field corner. Left fielder Nate McLouth overthrew the relay man and Werth slid home safely for a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia won with only four hits.

    The Phillies are 44-15 since July 21, when they trailed the Braves by seven games. They are 18-3 in September.

    A crowd of 45,310 was the 120th straight sellout at Citizens Bank Park. Fans waved their white-and-red "Fightin' Phils" rally towels, and chanted "Sweep! Sweep!" They had to leave their brooms in the parking lot because those aren't allowed in the stadium.

    Braves starter Tommy Hanson tossed six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three walks.

    Hanson didn't allow a hit until one out in the fifth when Carlos Ruiz lined a double that McLouth slid past. Hanson struck out Shane Victorino looking at a fastball down the middle to end the inning and strand runners at second and third.

    "Oswalt was as good as you can pitch and Hanson was the same," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "Hanson was dominating. He's had no luck. We can't score runs for him."

    Oswalt is 7-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts since joining the Phillies. They're 10-1 in those games. He retired the first 11 batters before Prado lined a double in the fourth.

    "He threw the ball as good or better," Hanson said. "That's the way it goes."

    Since acquiring Oswalt from the Houston Astros on July 29, the Phillies are 37-15. Oswalt, Hamels and Halladay are 19-6 in 30 starts in that span. The Phillies are 23-7 in those games.

    Game notes

    Utley has reached has safely in 22 straight games. ... Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins and OF Domonic Brown will face live pitching on Thursday. Rollins has been sidelined since Sept. 8 with tightness in his right hamstring. Brown was scratched on Sept. 6 and hasn't played since because of tenderness in his right quadriceps. ... It was Philadelphia's first home sweep over the Braves since Sept. 17-19, 2001. The Phillies went 9-0 in Atlanta in 2008. ... Atlanta's Jason Heyward has reached safely in 27 straight games.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumCitizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
    Attendance45,310 (103.8% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:47
    Weather86 degrees, drizzle
    Wind10 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg

    Research Notes

    How Roy Oswalt dominated the Braves, giving the Phillies a chance to win: Oswalt worked up in the zone with his fastball and down in the zone with his offspeed pitches: - Thirty-two of Oswalt's 58 (55.2 pct) fastballs were up in the zone or above it, well above his season average of 35.9 pct. Braves hitters missed on 10 of 19 swings against Oswalt's high fastballs, including 5 of 7 swings on fastballs they chased above the strike zone. Atlanta put just two high fastballs in play, one of which was an infield pop out. Oswalt got five strikeouts on high fastballs. - Thirty of Oswalt's 41 (73.2 pct) offspeed pitches were down in the zone or below it, well above his season average of 56.3 pct. Twenty-one of Oswalt's low 30 pitches were changeups, and twenty-one of the 30 went for strikes. The Braves put just four of Oswalt's 30 low offspeed pitches in play, with all four going for ground outs on changeups.
    The 1st-place Phillies get a 1-hit, 1-0 shutout of the 2nd-place Braves on Wednesday night. The last time a first place team had a 1-hit, 1-0 shutout of the second place team in its division in September or later was September 2, 2001. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park and Mike Mussina lost his perfect game with 2 outs in the 9th inning.
    This was the fourth time since 2008 that Roy Oswalt made a start of seven innings or more, allowing one hit or fewer, matching CC Sabathia for most in the majors.
    From 2004 to 2009, there were five 1-0 games at Citizens Bank Park. In the last 2 1/2 months, there have been six 1-0 games there (five won by the Phillies).
    The Phillies have won 1-0 over the Braves on Wednesday. It's the Phillies 6th 1-0 win this season, tied with the Dodgers and Padres for the most in MLB. It's also tied for the most by the Phillies in a single season in the live-ball era. In 1982, they also won 6 games in 1-0 fashions.

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