Braves win in 11 on Chipper Jones' homer

Braves win in 11 on Chipper Jones' homer

May 3rd, 2012 by Associated Press in Sports - Professional

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones (10) celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning, two-run home run in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Atlanta won 15-13. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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By Charles Odum, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves overcame Carlos Ruiz's seven RBIs to outlast the Philadelphia Phillies 15-13 on Wednesday night.

The Braves rallied from a 6-0 deficit to take an 8-6 lead against Roy Halladay and then come back from four runs down in the eighth inning.

Dan Uggla led off the Atlanta 11th with a single. Jones just missed a homer on a ball that landed barely foul to right, then connected against Brian Sanches (0-1).

Jones' homer ended the Braves' eight-game losing streak to the Phillies.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam for Atlanta in the Braves' tying six-run inning. Befitting a crazy game, he was poked in the eye with an errant high-five from teammate Michael Bourn after the homer.

Ruiz had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double in the eighth. He was the first Phillies hitter to drive in seven runs since Ryan Howard against the Yankees on June 20, 2006.

Laynce Nix also hit a three-run double for the Phillies.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn't hold a 13-12 lead in the ninth. Shane Victorino's two-out infield hit drove in Juan Pierre, who walked and stole second and took third on a grounder.

Halladay had his worst start in five years. He gave up 12 hits -- one below his career high -- and eight runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Halladay was tagged by McCann's fifth career slam in the fifth. The former Cy Young winner had not allowed as many earned runs since May 5, 2007, when he gave up nine runs in 5 1/3 innings at Texas.

The Braves' Martin Prado had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the Atlanta eighth.

Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty blew an 8-6 lead before recording an out in the seventh. Ty Wigginton walked, pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. singled and Ruiz followed with his fourth homer to left for a 9-8 edge.

Atlanta's Tommy Hanson gave up eight hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings. It was his shortest start since he pitched 3 1/3 innings against the Mets last Aug. 6 in his last outing before he was placed on the disabled list for the rest of the season with right shoulder tendinitis.

Atlanta's Jason Heyward missed his third straight start with soreness around his right oblique muscle but hit a go-ahead two-run single as a pinch-hitter and remained in right field.

Phillies left-handed picher Cliff Lee, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, threw in the bullpen before the game. If he has no discomfort, he plans another bullpen session Saturday. If all goes well on Saturday, Lee is expected to come off the disabled list.