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Chipper Jones Hits Walk-off Homer to Snap Atlanta Braves Losing Streak to Philadelphia Phillies

May 3rd, 2012 at 12:15 AM
By Cody Fields

It took 11 innings and a combined 28 runs, but the Atlanta Braves finally snapped their eight-game losing streak to the Philadelphia Phillies with a Chipper Jones walk-off home run in extra innings to finish a wild game.

The Braves gave up and scored season highs in runs scored and allowed and hits scored and allowed, but that did not stop Dan Uggla from leading off the bottom of the 11th with a single off Brian Sanches, who was entering his third inning of work.

After quickly getting into an 0-2 hole and then working that to 2-2, Jones hammered a hanging slider just foul. Three pitches later on a full count, Chipper got a fastball on which he got full extension and drove over the right-center field wall to give the Braves a 15-13 victory.

Lost in the mix are the disappointing outings by Tommy Hanson and Roy Halladay, which set off the insanity in the first place.

Hanson was the first to falter when he gave up four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. All of the runs he gave up came in the fourth inning, first when Shane Victorino drove in Jimmy Rollins with a one-out RBI-single. Hunter Pence would walk to load the bases, and with two outs, Laynce Nix cleared the bases with a double.

Hanson retired the first two batters of the fourth inning, but consecutive hits by Placido Polanco and Victorino resulted in Fredi Gonzalez bringing out the hook in favor of Christhian Martinez, which worked for exactly two more outs.

In the fifth inning, the Phillies would increase their lead to 6-0 when Carlos Ruiz hit a one-out RBI-double which was immediately followed by another RBI-double by Freddy Galvis.

It was then Doc Halladay's turn to get knocked around.

Chipper, Eric Hinske and Tyler Pastornicky led off the inning with singles to load the bases. After Juan Francisco popped out, Michael Bourn and Martin Prado hit RBI-singles. Freddie Freeman hit the second Braves infield fly in the inning, but Brian McCann more than atoned for that with a grand slam to tie the game.

A pinch-hitting Jason Heyward, finally back from two days off with a sore side, chased Halladay in the sixth when he drove in Hinske and Pastornicky on a single to give the Braves and 8-6 lead. And the scoring was only halfway done.

Eric O'Flaherty blew his second save of the year in the seventh when he gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Ruiz, giving the Phils a slight one-run lead. Ruiz would get to Kris Medlen in the eighth on a two-run double to rack up seven RBIs for the night.

With the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Martin Prado drove in two with a single, followed by a sacrifice fly by Freeman to take yet another one-run lead.

That lead would be surrendered in the ninth when Craig Kimbrel walked Juan Pierre to start the frame. A stolen base, a groundout and an infield hit by Victorino later, and the Phillies had tied the game again.

Atlanta nearly ended the game in regulation when they loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Michael Bourn flew out to end the threat.

The next three half-innings were surprisingly quiet, but it was Chipper's time to add on to his legendary career with a no doubter in the 11th.

The Braves must turn around quickly for the 12:10 series finale with Philadelphia. They will send Randall Delgado to the hill against Joe Blanton.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Chipper Jones, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Tommy Hanson

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