Braves Eliminated From Playoff Contention

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Philadelphia Phillies own a share of the NL East lead following a 6-4 win over Atlanta. The outcome, coupled with the Mets' tenth loss in 14 games, leaves the Phils tied with New York with three games remaining.

The Phillies had a six-run lead by the third inning. They scored single runs on errors by John Smoltz and Mark Teixeira before Ryan Howard belted a two-run homer to cap a four-run first.

Pat Burrell's two-run blast gave the Phils a six-run cushion in the third.

The Braves used the long ball to pull within two runs. Chipper Jones and Teixeira hit back-to-back homers to make it 6-3. Jeff Francoeur led off the ninth with solo shot before Brett Myers picked up his 21st save.

Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs and six hits in six innings to move to 10-and-4.

Smoltz was tagged for five earned runs and seven hits in four frames to fall to 14-and-8.

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