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Atl 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 X 6 9 0
Date of game: 7/29/2012

Recap: Atlanta vs. Philadelphia

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones both homered on Sunday, as the Braves downed the Phillies, 6-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

Tim Hudson (10-4) earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and no walks over 5 2/3 innings. He is 6-1 over his last eight starts.

Freddie Freeman drove in a pair during a three-run seventh inning, helping the Braves record their sixth straight victory over the Phillies.

Overall, Atlanta has won five in a row and eight of its last 11 games.

The Phillies, who had won four straight entering the series, were swept at Turner Field for the first time since May 31-June 2, 2010.

Roy Halladay (4-6) picked up his 2,000th career strikeout, but did so in a losing effort. He was charged with three runs on six hits with one walk and seven K's over six frames and has yet to earn a win since retuning from the disabled list on July 17.

"We owe it to the fans, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to a lot of people in the organization to go out and turn things around and play better baseball," said Halladay. "It's gonna be hard and obviously we're in a substantial hole, but we need to prove some things to ourselves."

The two-time Cy Young Award winner became one of four active pitchers with at least 2,000 strikeouts, joining Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Kevin Millwood.

Shane Victorino went 3-for-4 with a homer and also scored on Carlos Ruiz's sixth-inning single.

Halladay's milestone strikeout came in unusual fashion and epitomized a less than stellar opening frame for the Phillies ace. After retiring the first two batters he faced, the righty surrendered a first-pitch line drive homer to Heyward -- his 16th of the season.

A single and a walk followed before Dan Uggla drove home Jones with a double to left.

Strikeout No. 2,000 came on a splitter in the dirt, at the expense of a swinging David Ross. The Phillies began exiting the field, but Ruiz failed to tag Ross, who made his way to first base, effectively loading the bases.

A perplexed Halladay then returned to the mound and induced Paul Janish into an inning-ending popout.

Jones' homer in the third came on the first pitch of the inning. It was the 10th homer of the season for the veteran third baseman, who moved past Pete Rose and into sole possession of second place on the all-time extra-base hits list for switch hitters (1,042).

Victorino led off the fourth with his first homer since June 8, then scored on Ruiz's two-out single in the sixth. The line drive to center knocked Hudson from the game and marked Philadelphia's first hit with a runner in scoring position in the series.

Hunter Pence followed with a pinch-hit single off of Jonny Venters but Chad Durbin retired John Mayberry, who was also pinch-hitting, to end the inning.

In addition to Freeman's two-run base hit, the Braves got a run in the seventh when reliever Jake Diekman misplayed Heyward's grounder, allowing Tyler Pastornicky to cross the plate.

"They beat up on us a lot last year and they beat up on us when I was with the Marlins for the last few years, so it feels good to get the sweep and keep going in the right direction," said Uggla.

Game Notes

Jones trails Eddie Murray (1,099) for the all-time lead in extra-base hits for a switch hitter...Uggla snapped an 0-for-21 slump with his first-inning double...Victorino had gone 152 at-bats between home runs...The Braves are now 57-1 on the season when taking a lead into the seventh inning or later, which is the second-best record in the major leagues behind the Pirates.

Marshall - The class of Conference USA

Conference USA has added two new teams this season (Old Dominion and Western Ky) and lost three (Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane) but it is really a one team league. And that team is Marshall.

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