Atlanta Braves

October 3, 2010 by staff 

Atlanta Braves, (AP) – Tim Hudson and the Atlanta Braves extended his retirement season manager Bobby Cox for at least one game, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 Sunday.

The Braves win the NL wild card – and get a playoff game in the first round with San Francisco – if the Giants beat San Diego later in the day.

If San Diego has won, he would force a pair of tie-break and push the regular season until Tuesday – San Diego and San Francisco will play Monday to determine the NL West champion, while the loser will play in Atlanta the next day for the wildcard.

Hudson (17-9) pitched seven innings against the champions of the Eastern Netherlands and allowed four runs on just two hits – two-run homer by John Mayberry in the third and Jayson Werth in the seventh.

Omar Infante and crenellated infielder Brooks Conrad each had two hits and two RBIs, and Derrek Lee homered for Atlanta.

Cole Hamels started for the Phillies, Roy Oswalt relieved in the third.

Hudson left with a lead of 8-4. The Phillies scored three runs away Jonny Venters and Billy Wagner in the eighth. After allowing an RBI single by pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez and Ben Francisco two-run double, Wagner struck out Raul Ibanez to end the inning, stranding runners on second and third.

Wagner, who like Cox is retiring after the season, hit Shane Victorino, Greg Dobbs and Brian Schneider in the ninth – each called a strike on third parties.

Braves fans in the sellout crowd began chanting “Bobby” Bobby! ” After the final withdrawal. The celebration on the field was brief and unobtrusive. Players expected to watch the Giants-Padres game in their club.

The Phillies, in hopes of a warming of success for their series run for a third consecutive World Series, two new problems of health.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz left after being hit by a slot on his left arm in the third inning. There was no immediate report on his status. The left-hander JC Romero walked slowly off the pitch with a sore lower back left a pitch in the sixth, and his status for the playoffs is not known.

Cox proposes Conrad of third base to second base after two crucial starting rookie mistakes in losses the last two days.

Conrad errors on throws to second base led to a total of seven points undeserved losses 11-5 and 7-0 against the Phillies on Friday and Saturday. Cox said he made the change of Conrad “peace of mind.”

Conrad, who played most of his minor league career at second base, had an error of commissioning on a grounder by Ibanez in the fifth, but Hudson acute trouble.

Hudson kept the Braves four-run fourth race alive with a run-scoring single off Danys Baez (3-4) that created two-run triple Infante.

The Braves, who have absorbed losses of balance to the Phillies during the first two games of the series, recovered with 14 hits against eight pitchers. Jason Heyward had two hits, including a run-scoring triple in the third. Matt Diaz had three hits and produced a race.

As expected, acute Hamels only two innings. Hamels, who should be the Phillies Game 3 starter in the division series, gave up no hits and walking by.

Mayberry, pinch-shock for Hamels, led Ruiz in his third-round circuit in left field after Hudson hit Ruiz with a pitch.

Oswalt, the Game 2 starter, then Hamels and waived Heyward triple to cut the lead to 2-1 Philadelphia.

Baez gave up five hits and four points while recording two outs in the fourth.

Brad Lidge Phillies kicked most of Heyward and two walks in the eighth, but finished the inning when Alex Gonzalez hit into a double play

Notes: Attendance was 52,613 for a total of Atlanta-record three games of 158,048. Total attendance in Atlanta the previous record for a three-game series was 150,095 for a tour of the Cardinals in 1998. … GM Frank Wren Cox presented a crystal baseball field before the game, in recognition of Cox’s 2,500 Th victories on Sept. 25 in Washington. … Heyward is making training jump Shane Victorino before crashing into the right field wall.

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