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Big rally leads Phillies to win over Braves

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA -- First, they got their bling. Then, they got their first win.

Four Phillies walked with the bases loaded during an eight-run seventh inning and Philadelphia rallied for a 12-11 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer, helping the defending World Series champions overcome a 10-3 deficit and avoid a three-game sweep on the day they received their shiny, new rings.

Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer hit two-run homers for the Braves, and Javier Vazquez left with a seven-run lead after pitching six effective innings in his first start with his new team. Blaine Boyer (0-1) issued two of the bases-loaded walks in the seventh and got the loss.

Clay Condrey (1-0) struck out the only batter he faced to earn the win. Ryan Madson retired the side in the eighth and Brad Lidge earned his 52nd consecutive save, including seven in the postseason and three dating to 2007 with Houston.

During a lengthy pregame ceremony, the Phillies received their championship rings. They are made of 14-karat white gold featuring 103 diamonds totaling 3.84 carats.

Marlins 6, Nationals 4

MIAMI (AP) -- Dan Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double, Chris Volstad was almost flawless after a shaky first inning, and Florida completed the three-game sweep.

John Baker added a pair of run-scoring singles for the Marlins, 3-0 for only the second time. The other was in 1997, when Florida won the first of two World Series titles.

Volstad (1-0) struck out seven, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and two hits in five innings. Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-4, lowering his average to .571, with two runs and his fourth steal of the year for the Marlins.

Matt Lindstrom issued a bases-loaded, one-out walk to Adam Dunn in what became a 32-pitch ninth, before hanging on to convert his first save chance of the season.

Daniel Cabrera (0-1) allowed five runs and seven hits over six innings for Washington.

Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX (AP) -- Dexter Fowler, Yorvit Torrealba and Ian Stewart homered and Colorado won a series against Arizona for the first time in two years.

Franklin Morales (1-0) allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked one in six innings for the Rockies. He then was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for right-hander Jason Hammel, acquired Sunday in a trade with Tampa Bay.

After homering five times in their 9-8 season-opening win on Monday, the Diamondbacks scored two runs in 18 innings against the Rockies, who were 3-15 against Arizona last season.

Stephen Drew had a solo homer for the Diamondbacks in the first. Doug Davis (0-1) gave up four runs and four hits in five innings.



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