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Here come the Braves
Daily News staff
With the Braves coming to town for a crucial three-game series beginning tonight, we thought it made sense to look back at what has happened in the 12 games between the teams thus far:
Overall: Braves lead, 7-5
In Atlanta: Braves lead, 4-2
In Philadelphia: Series tied, 3-3
April 20: Braves 4, Phillies 3, 10 innings
Kyle Kendrick pitched eight scoreless innings, but Ryan Madson gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including home runs to Troy Glaus and Jason Heyward. Nate McLouth homered off Jose Contreras in the 10th.
April 21: Phillies 2, Braves 0
Roy Halladay pitched a five-hit shutout, his first in the National League, and Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth had RBI doubles.
April 22: Phillies 8, Atlanta 3
Jamie Moyer did not give up an earned run in six innings. Shane Victorino drove in two runs and Juan Castro had three hits. For the series, Phillies starting pitchers did not allow an earned run in a combined 23 innings.
May 7: Phillies 7, Braves 0
Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout, allowing two hits and striking out five. He faced only one batter over the minimum. Jayson Werth's three-run homer sparked the offense.
May 8: Braves 4, Phillies 1
Six Braves relievers held the Phillies scoreless over 4 2/3innings to back up a spot start by reliever Kris Medlen. The Braves strung together three singles, a double and a sacrifice fly for three runs in the sixth inning.
May 9: Phillies 5, Braves 3
Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Shane Vicotorino each hit solo home runs, and the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings to rescue starter Cole Hamels. He went five innings, allowing eight hits and four walks, giving up only three runs, but dodged trouble several times.
May 31: Braves 9, Phillies 3
Joe Blanton allowed six runs and the Braves moved into first place by a half-game with the victory. Atlanta won its sixth straight and made up 7 1/2 games in the NL East in 2 weeks.
June 1: Braves 7, Phillies 3
Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer in the first off Cole Hamels, and Tim Hudson allowed two runs in six innings for his fifth straight win. The Phillies lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
June 2: Braves 2, Phillies 1
Omar Infante singled in the eighth inning off Jose Contreras and Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save as the Braves finished off the sweep. Derek Lowe went eight innings, allowing six hits and a run.
July 5: Phillies 3, Braves 1
Roy Halladay needed just 93 pitches for his second consecutive complete game and seventh of the season. He allowed five hits and struck out seven. Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer for all the run support Halladay would need.
July 6: Braves 6, Phillies 3, 11 innings
Matt Diaz hit a tiebreaking double and Eric Hinske hit a two-run homer as the Braves scored three runs in the 11th inning. The Phillies had just three hits, including a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the first inning.
July 7: Braves 7, Phillies 5
Jamie Moyer allowed seven runs, including six in the sixth, as the Braves upped their NL East lead to six games over the Phillies, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games. It was the furthest the Phillies had been out of first place since their miraculous finish to the 2007 season when they caught the Mets.