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All hands on deck for Braves in marathon win

All hands on deck for Braves in marathon win
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez used 21 of his 25 players in the 15-13 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night. Even pitcher Tim Hudson had a bat in the dugout ready to pinch-hit when Chipper Jones hit his walk-off homer in the 11th inning.

If the game had gone to the 12th, the Braves were ready to use Randall Delgado -- Thursday's starter -- and turn to either Livan Hernandez or Cristhian Martinez in the series finale.

Of course, Jones' homer made that all moot.

Chad Durbin got the victory with a perfect 11th inning. He needed only eight pitches to retire the Phillies, but Gonzalez said that he wouldn't have sent him back out for the 12th.

"He did a nice job," Gonzalez said. "But that was going to be it for him."

Except for Durbin, Hernandez and Jonny Venters, it wasn't a day to remember for Braves pitchers.

Craig Kimbrel, who had converted his first eight save opportunities, let a one-run lead slip away in the ninth, forcing extra innings.

"All I can say is, 'I love Chipper Jones,'" Kimbrel said.

ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez used 21 of his 25 players in the 15-13 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night. Even pitcher Tim Hudson had a bat in the dugout ready to pinch-hit when Chipper Jones hit his walk-off homer in the 11th inning.

If the game had gone to the 12th, the Braves were ready to use Randall Delgado -- Thursday's starter -- and turn to either Livan Hernandez or Cristhian Martinez in the series finale.

Of course, Jones' homer made that all moot.

Chad Durbin got the victory with a perfect 11th inning. He needed only eight pitches to retire the Phillies, but Gonzalez said that he wouldn't have sent him back out for the 12th.

"He did a nice job," Gonzalez said. "But that was going to be it for him."

Except for Durbin, Hernandez and Jonny Venters, it wasn't a day to remember for Braves pitchers.

Craig Kimbrel, who had converted his first eight save opportunities, let a one-run lead slip away in the ninth, forcing extra innings.

"All I can say is, 'I love Chipper Jones,'" Kimbrel said.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.