Thursday, September 25, 2008
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PHILADELPHIA - Chipper Jones hit his second career pinch-hit homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the NL East-leading Phillies 10-4 on Wednesday night, stalling Philadelphia's playoff push.
The Phillies entered 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Mets in the division. Philadelphia will finish the regular season with a three-game series against the last-place Washington Nationals starting Friday.
Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 47th homer and Chase Utley also went deep for the Phillies. But Brett Myers (10-13) got roughed up for the second straight start.
Myers allowed six runs - four earned - and 10 hits in 41/3 innings. He was coming off the worst start of his career in which he gave up 10 runs in four-plus innings in a 14-8 loss to Florida.
Reliever Buddy Carlyle (2-0) retired the two batters he faced to earn the win for the Braves, who got their second straight victory over Philadelphia.