Chipper's blast lifts Braves past Phillies in 11

Atlanta 15, Philadelphia 13 (11 innings)

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ATLANTA — Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves overcame Carlos Ruiz’s seven RBI to outlast the Philadelphia Phillies 15-13 on Wednesday night.

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Team greets Chipper Jones at home after game-winning homer.  AP
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Team greets Chipper Jones at home after game-winning homer.

The seesaw game saw the Braves rally from a 6-0 deficit against Roy Halladay, then come back from four runs down in the eighth.

Dan Uggla led off the Atlanta 11th with a single. Jones just missed a homer on a ball that landed barely foul to right, then connected against Brian Sanches (0-1).

Jones’ homer ended the Braves’ eight-game losing streak to the Phillies.

Brian McCann hit a grand slam for Atlanta. Befitting a crazy game, he was poked in the eye with an errant high-five from teammate Michael Bourn after the homer.

It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game in the majors since Cleveland beat Kansas City 15-13 in 10 innings in 2006, STATS LLC said.

Ruiz had three hits, including a three-run homer in the seventh and a three-run double in the eighth. He was the first Phillies hitter to drive in seven runs since Ryan Howard against the Yankees on June 20, 2006.

Laynce Nix also hit a three-run double for the Phillies.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel couldn’t hold a 13-12 lead in the ninth. Shane Victorino’s two-out infield hit drove in Juan Pierre, who walked, stole second and took third on a grounder.

Halladay had his worst start in five years. He gave up 12 hits – one below his career high – and eight runs in 5⅓ innings.

Halladay was tagged by McCann’s fifth career slam in the fifth. The former Cy Young winner had not allowed as many earned runs since May 5, 2007, when he gave up nine runs in 5⅓ innings at Texas.

Atlanta’s Tommy Hanson gave up eight hits and four runs in 3⅔ innings. It was his shortest start since he pitched 3⅓ innings against the Mets on Aug. 6, 2011, in his last outing before he was placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

TODAY’S GAME

WHO: Philadelphia (Joe Blanton 2-3, 3.81) at Atlanta (Randall Delgado 2-2, 6.30)

WHEN: 12:10, SportSouth


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