Homers lead Braves to win over Phillies

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA ? Andruw Jones and Robert Fick both homered as the Atlanta Braves bounced back from a lopsided defeat with a 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.

After losing 16-2 on Wednesday, the Braves got a well-balanced effort, with six players knocking in runs and six pitchers holding the Phillies to just four hits.

Trey Hodges, making his first career start, was pulled after 4 2-3 innings and was unable to get a decision. He gave up one run, two hits and two walks as a fill-in starter.

Darren Holmes (1-0) got the win in relief, giving up one walk in one inning.

Phillies starter Joe Roa (0-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. His position in the rotation is precarious after getting hit for nine runs in seven innings this season.

The Braves scored one run in six innings. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a triple to right and scored on a groundout. Marcus Giles doubled to start the third and scored on Furcal's single.

Andruw Jones' led off the fourth with his fourth homer of the year and Chipper Jones had an RBI single in the fifth. Fick's homer, his second, came with one out in the seventh.

Julio Franco added a pinch RBI single in the eighth to score Vinny Castilla. The inning was extended after first baseman Jim Thome dropped the relay throw on a potential double play that would have been the third out.

Philadelphia scored in the fifth after Mike Lieberthal worked a two-out walk and scored on a double by Marlon Byrd.

The Phillies got another run in the seventh off reliever Kevin Gryboski and threatened to score more. David Bell singled to start the inning and moved to third on a double by Lieberthal. After Byrd struck out, Bell scored on a groundout by pinch-hitter Tyler Houston and Jimmy Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Pirates 3, Brewers 1

PITTSBURGH? Randall Simon hit a three-run homer in the first inning to support Jeff Suppan (2-0), leading the Pirates past Milwaukee.

The Pirates avoided a three-game sweep and won for the first time at home after starting 5-1 on the road. The Brewers lost their seventh in nine games, even though starter Ben Sheets (0-2) didn't allow any scoring after the first.

Milwaukee, which entered the series 0-6, was denied its first three-game sweep in Pittsburgh since July 2-4, 1999. The Brewers are 6-16 in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001.

Rockies 7, Cardinals 6

DENVER (AP) ? Todd Helton hit a solo homer and Jose Hernandez added a two-run shot off Steve Kline (0-1) in the eighth inning as Colorado rallied to beat St. Louis.

The Rockies also turned the first triple play in their history as they won for the sixth time in seven games.

St. Louis had taken the lead in the top of the eighth with a four-run outburst, including three straight singles and three Colorado errors.

Javier Lopez (1-0) got two outs for his first career win and Jose Jimenez pitched the ninth for his second save.