Phillies vs. Braves: Chipper's Walk-Off Homer Caps Wild Rally, Atlanta Wins 8-7

The Braves scored five runs in the ninth, including a three-run blast from Chipper Jones as Atlanta won 8-7.

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MLB Standings 2012: Braves Lead Race For Wild Card Spots

The Braves lead the race for the final two Wild Card spots, but their chances in the N.L. East are fading.

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Braves Vs. Phillies Final: Chipper Jones Hits Walk-Off HR

Chipper Jones still has some magic left in him.

With two men on and two outs out, Jones hit a dramatic walk-off HR to power the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies in a come from behind 8-7 win.

The Braves entered the inning down 7-3. Jonathan Papelbon, the closer whom the Phillies had given a massive contract to in the off-season, was brought in after Jeremy Horst allowed two base-runners.

But Papelbon didn't have any of his Boston magic with him tonight, throwing 12 of his 20 pitches for strikes while blowing the save.

Atlanta was in such bad shape because Paul Maholm, their mid-season trade acquisition, had his worst start since coming over from the Chicago Cubs.

Maholm only lasted two innings, giving up six hits and seven earned runs while throwing 72 pitches. The Phillies batters hit six doubles in the game, with Ryan Howard knocking in two RBI's and Erik Katz getting three of his own.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta. Head over to The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly for more on the Phillies. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Phillies Vs. Braves Final Score: Atlanta Falls 5-1

Tim Hudson could not keep the Philadelphia Phillies at bay, as the Braves starter struggled through five full innings of work against Philadelphia at Turner field en route to a 5-1 loss.

In relief for Tim Hudson worked Luis Avilan, Peter Moylan, and Miguel Batista, who combined to hold the Phillies scoreless from the 6th inning on. Still, without run support, it would not be enough.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley had good days at the plate for the Phillies. Rollins was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the third, and Utley went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

Atlanta attempted a comeback in the bottom of the eighth, with a Martin Prado solo home run making things interesting, but could not find the offense to secure a win.

Cliff Lee earned the win for Philadelphia, going seven full innings of scoreless baseball on five hits.

Atlanta takes on Philadelphia tomorrow at 5:05 PM Eastern. Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99 ERA) will start for Philly against Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44 ERA) of the Braves.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop and SB Nation Atlanta. Check out The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly for more on the Phillies. Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Atlanta Braves Roster: Jack Wilson Released

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced earlier today that infielder Jack Wilson was released by the club.

Wilson, 34 and an 11-year veteran of the majors, was struggling at the plate for the playoff-contending Braves. He was batting .169 in 40 games and 71 at-bats this season and was on the disabled list for seven weeks with a dislocated pinky finger.

The move clears the way for the Braves to bring back Andrelton Simmons, who is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues soon and rejoin the big league club after that. Simmons has been on the disabled list but was batting .296 at the time of his injury.

The Braves have Paul Janish and Tyler Pastornicky at shortstop for now until Simmons can return and be added to the mix with the expanded rosters around the league.

For more Braves coverage, head over to Talking Chop.

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