The Braves cannot steal bases, and they cannot bunt. However, they can pitch and they can hit homers, and those two things are a whole lot more important.
The Braves jumped on top with a two-run homer in the second inning by Alex Gonzalez, scoring Freddie Freeman. Jair Jurrjens allowed a run in the third on a two-out single that Uggla really should have at least knocked down, but it was the only run they would score off him. He wasn’t as sharp as in his last couple of outings, and allowed eight hits in 6 1/3, but it’s the Phillies, they can hit a little.
The Braves stretched the lead in the fifth when Freeman hit a solo homer, then Eric Hinske hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth to make it 5-1. Eric O’Flaherty had gotten out of a minor jam in the seventh with a double play, but Jonny Venters didn’t quite have it in the eighth, allowing a leadoff triple to Shane “Burn In Hell” Victorino then a “single” off his glove that Diory Hernandez — in for AAG, who left with a groin strain — should have gotten an out on. The Phillies got the tying run to the plate but no more runs. The Braves loaded the bases in the ninth, but Martin Prado hit into a double play to end the threat. Then Craig Kimbrel allowed a single and a four-pitch walk in the ninth, but also got two strikeouts, then a popup to end it with Howard on deck.