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Burrell blasts Phillies to 6-2 victory over Braves; Marquis and Cubs slam Mets, 9-5

Crazy, late-inning drama is becoming normal for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Tonight's Phillies game featured a mad dash home and great slide by September call-up Greg Golson, and a three-run home run from struggling slugger Pat Burrell that put the Phillies up 6-2 over the Atlanta Braves.  The Phillies improved their season record over the Braves to 14-2.  JA Happ was solid, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two runs on a Kelly Johnson home run.

Up the NJ Turnpike, Long Island native and overall mensch starting pitcher Jason Marquis hit a grand slam and had five RBI in leading the Chicago Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets. 

The Phillies have extended their NL East lead over the Mets to 2 1/2 games, and saw their magic number drop to four games.  Their magic number to clinch a playoff spot is now three games.


It's a magic number.

Yes it is.