The Braves were outhit 9-7, but two of their hits were homers, including a three-run shot by Martin Prado. Chuck James, meanwhile, went seven and picked up his tenth win.
James allowed five of the hits, struck out seven, and walked two. He got in one real jam, loading the bases on two singles and a walk in the seventh, but got out of that with a popup and a groundout. Mostly, he cruised, especially in the middle innings. Some years, he might be getting rookie of the year consideration.
The Braves got their runs via the longball. In the fifth, they got singles by Francoeur and Diaz. Prado turned on an inside pitch 1-0 and took it out to left field for his first career homer. Andruw added a solo shot the next inning. And that was pretty much it. Nobody had more than one hit; Prado and McCann both drew walks to be the only players to reach twice.
McBride and Kali combined to allow the Phillies’ one run in the eighth, but Kali got out of it. Wickman allowed a couple of singles in the ninth but nailed down the save. Marlins next.