ATLANTA (AP) -- Ryan Howard hit his 37th homer, and Kyle Lohse
quieted the Atlanta Braves' offense to help the Philadelphia
Phillies end a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory on
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, made it 2-0 in the first with his 15th
career homer off the Braves and sixth at Turner Field.
Chipper Jones hit his 23rd homer for Atlanta, which has lost
four of five and 10 of 14.
With the win, the Phillies moved 31/2 games ahead of the Braves in
the wild-card race and remained five games behind the New York Mets
in the NL East after the Mets beat the Reds. Philadelphia began the
day three games behind Arizona.
Carlos Ruiz, who gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the second with
his fifth homer, had a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1 in the fifth.
Aaron Rowand's RBI single in the ninth ended the scoring.
Lohse (8-12) improved to 2-0 with a 4.06 ERA in seven starts
since the Phillies acquired him from Cincinnati on July 30. The
right-hander, pitching into the seventh inning for the fifth time
with Philadelphia, gave up eight hits, two runs and one walk in 6