National League Game Summary - Philadelphia at Atlanta
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Omar Infante singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Atlanta Braves rallied to overtake Philadelphia, 4-3, in the second of three games at Turner Field.
Brad Lidge (0-5) was called on to protect a 3-2 Phillies lead in the ninth, but the fragile closer couldn't shut the door.
Garret Anderson singled beyond the glove a sliding Chase Utley at second base to start the frame. Matt Diaz then bunted in front of the mound. Lidge bobbled the ball and proceeded to throw wildly to first, with Anderson scoring on the miscue and Diaz reaching third.
After walking Adam LaRoche and pinch-hitter Greg Norton, Lidge struck out Ryan Church, but Infante bounced the first pitch into left field to win the game. It was the eighth blown save of the season for Lidge, who, of course, was perfect in save opportunities a year ago.
"It has been a really crazy year in terms of the breaks," Lidge said. "I feel great and confident it's going to turn around. I just got to hopefully keep getting chances to throw."
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who have won eight of their last 10 games and moved to within five games of first-place Philadelphia in the NL East standings.
Atlanta starter Kenshin Kawakami gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The comeback made a winner out of Peter Moylan (5-2), who tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
"That's as big as they come," Moylan said. "After losing last night, to come back and win like that is huge, especially against Lidge. We needed it for ourselves, and it keeps us even. If we win tomorrow, we win the series."
Jayson Werth homered and Pedro Feliz added an RBI triple for the Phillies, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Raul Ibanez doubled twice and scored a run.
Cole Hamels earned a no-decision after allowing two runs on three hits over a full six frames.
Atlanta got to Hamels in the third after the lefty retired the first two batters. Chipper Jones reached on a bloop single to shallow right field and McCann followed with a blast to the seats in center.
Shane Victorino tripled to lead off the fourth and later scored on a Ryan Howard groundout. The Phillies then tied the game in the next inning when Feliz tripled to the left-center field gap to score Ibanez, who doubled to begin the fifth.
Philadelphia grabbed a 3-2 lead in the seventh when Werth homered to center to start the inning. Ibanez doubled and was erased on a fielder's choice. Carlos Ruiz then hooked a pitch into the left-field corner, putting two men in scoring position. Eric O'Flaherty relieved Kawakami and fanned pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and got Jimmy Rollins to ground out softly to end the frame.
The Phillies failed to get Victorino home from third with no outs in the eighth after he walked, stole second, and advanced on a throwing error.