Lately, players have been dropping like flies. For the second straight night, the Phillies lost their starting pitcher due to an injury. Pedro Martinez left the game after the third inning with stiffness in the right side of his neck. Martinez allowed three earned runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one during his three innings.
Matt Diaz broke the game open in the fifth inning with a two-run home run off Chad Durbin. In 2.2 innings, Durbin gave up three runs (2 earned).
Braves starter Javier Vazquez limited the Phillies to just three hits during his seven shutout innings.
The Braves had a 6-0 cushion headed into the ninth, but the Fightins rallied against Rafael Soriano. Ryan Howard put the Phillies on the board with his third home run of the series. Greg Dobbs and Jimmy Rollins each had RBI singles. However, with the tying run at first base, Ben Francisco flied out to end the threat and the game.
The loss ends the Phillies six-game winning streak. The Florida Marlins won, therefore the Phillies hold a seven game lead in the division. The Phillies are seven and a half games ahead of the Braves. The magic number remains at eight.