Vance Worley combined with four relievers on a three-hitter and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the punchless Braves 7-0 on Saturday to drop Atlanta into a tie for the NL wild-card spot.
Atlanta's loss and San Diego's 4-2 win over San Francisco left the Braves and Padres tied for the wild card with one game left in the regular season.
"We've got to suck it up and win a game," Cox said. "We have to, tomorrow. We need to win and we've got the right guy going and we need to bust open with the bats a little bit.
"We're still breathing, San Diego is still breathing, the Giants are breathing hard. They've done what we've done, they've lost two in a row to the wrong teams. We need to win."
The Braves' hopes of advancing to the postseason in Cox's final season as manager will be on the line against the Phillies today. Atlanta ace Tim Hudson is scheduled to face Cole Hamels. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told The Associated Press on Saturday that Hamels will "probably" pitch only two innings as he prepares his rotation for the playoffs. Manuel said Roy Oswalt "will pitch somewhere in the game."
"We're down to the last game; it's good to say it means something," Braves right fielder Jason Heyward said. "We've been through a lot this season."
Third baseman Brooks Conrad's throwing error helped the Phillies snap a scoreless tie with four runs in the seventh. It was the second day in a row a throwing error by Conrad helped the Phillies take the lead.
After Jonny Venters (4-4) walked Jimmy Rollins to open the seventh, Placido Polanco hit a slow grounder. Conrad charged the ball before throwing wildly to second base. The toss sailed into center field, allowing pinch runner Brian Bocock to advance to third.
Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino had run-scoring singles off Venters. Craig Kimbrell's wild pitch allowed Ibanez to score from third for a 4-0 lead.
"I feel terrible again," Conrad said. "Just another terrible throw. I can't explain it."