ATLANTA - Despite six solid innings by Jaret Wright in the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader, and a season-high eight strikeouts in 6w innings by Paul Byrd in the nightcap, the Atlanta Braves fell, 5-3 and 4-1, to the Philadelphia Phillies in a Turner Field twinbill before an announced crowd of 20,320 spectators.
The Braves scored all their runs in the fifth inning in the opener, then managed just three singles against Phillies rookie Gavin Floyd and five relievers in the nightcap. The doubleheader sweep was the first suffered by the Braves at home since the San Diego Padres turned the trick in 1990.
Phillies pitchers sent a pair of Braves scurrying for ice packs. Marcus Giles was hit by Vicente Padilla's pitch in the first inning of the opener and left the game, then reliever Todd Jones nailed J.D. Drew on his right arm in the sixth inning of the nightcap and he was forced to the clubhouse. Both players suffered bruises and were listed as day-to-day.
Wright was in line for his 15th win, pitching six innings of two-run ball, but came away with a no-decision after relievers Chris Reitsma and Tom Martin allowed a 3-2 lead to slip through their fingers.
Reitsma walked Jason Michaels, allowed a single to Pat Burrell, then gave way to Martin, whose 3-2 curve to Phillies' Jim Thome, landed in the right field seats. For Thome, a strikeout victim in his first three at-bats against Wright, it was his 40th home run of the season.
"I'm not going to think twice about it," said Wright, who had eight strikeouts and one walk. "I'm never going to point a finger. Stuff like that is going to happen. You can't dwell on it or let it affect you mentally."
The Braves were impressed with their first look at the 21-year-old Floyd, the Phillies' highly-touted right-hander who beat the New York Mets last week in his debut.
Floyd, coping with a strike zone only slightly wider than a belt buckle in the nightcap, left a runner on second in two of the first three innings, then walked Andruw Jones with two out in the fourth.
Jones promptly stole second, and scored on Eli Marrero's soft single through the middle.
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