Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/3/12

ATLANTA -- Joe Blanton pitched a three-hit shutout Thursday to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies took the series two games to one and climbed back to the .500 mark at 13-13.

Blanton (3-3) allowed a two-out single to Freddie Freeman in the first inning, then retired the next 12 batters until David Ross beat out a ground ball to second baseman Pete Orr.

Dense, humid air grabbed any ball hit to the outfield by either team, seeming to stop them in mid-air before the warning track -- until Laynce Nix parked a 2-1 pitch from starter Randall Delgado over the fence in dead center, his second homer of the season.

Shane Victorino provided breathing room with a two-run homer in the ninth off Livan Hernandez.

Delgado (2-3), coming off a poor eight-hit 4 1/3-inning appearance in a 4-2 loss to the Pirates on Saturday, started by giving up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre before recording three straight outs, one a sacrifice fly to center by the pesky Hunter Pence, which plated the Phillies' first run.

Delgado allowed just six hits through eight innings -- throwing 110 pitches -- before giving way to Hernandez for the ninth. It was easily the best outing of the season for the rookie fifth starter, whose previous high for innings pitched has been 5 1/3.

At 2:02, Thursday's game was as short as Wednesday's 15-13, 11-inning thriller was long: four hours even. And four runs was a far cry from 28, which was the highest-scoring extra inning game in the National League since the July 4, 1985, when the Mets beat the Braves 16-13 in 19 innings. The Braves famously set off the advertised Fourth of July fireworks in the wee hours, alarming the neighborhood and leading to a city noise ordinance.

NOTES: Right-hander Roy Halladay left the Phillies after Wednesday night's game to attend to a personal matter. He will rejoin the team in Washington for their three-game series against the Nationals this weekend. ... Catcher Carlos Ruiz's career-high seven RBI in Wednesday's game was the most by a Phillies catcher in a single game since RBI became an official statistic in 1920. ... Third baseman Chipper Jones has begun a new daily weight regimen designed to strengthen his quads and thigh, which can atrophy with fluid build-up. Jones says that Jeff Porter, the Braves head trainer, told him he wouldn't make it to the All-Star break if he didn't do that. ... Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he was going to use right-hander Tim Hudson as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night if it came to that. ... Brian McCann stopped by the eye doctor's on the way to the ball park this morning to have his right eye attended to. He sustained a scratch on the outer portion when Michael Bourn high-fived him after he hit that grand slam in the fifth inning. ... Right-handed starter Brandon Beachy and left-hander Mike Minor were in the bullpen Thursday just in case that game went into extra innings, too. The Braves and Phillies played a four-hour, 11-inning game Wednesday night, which the Braves won 15-13 on Jones's walk-off.

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