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Sosa gets nod in finale at Philly

Seeking series win, Braves turn to Sosa

If the Braves are going to complete a second consecutive winning road trip, they'll have to claim a victory in their finale of a three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night.

Their hopes will be resting on the right shoulder of Jorge Sosa, who has been impressive since being tabbed to fill a void in an injury-depleted starting rotation.

Sosa allowed just one run in a season-high six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday night. While it might have been his finest yet, each of Sosa's four starts this year have been solid. Instead of having control problems like he did as a reliever earlier this year, the 28-year-old right-hander has proven to be a model of consistency. He's issued just seven walks and registered 16 strikeouts in the 21 1/3 innings he's logged as a starting pitcher.

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The Phillies, who had lost 10 of 12 before claiming victory on Saturday, will counter with Robinson Tejeda, who will be making his fifth start of the season. The 23-year-old right-hander has gone 1-1 with a 1.31 ERA and limited opponents to a .169 batting average in his first four starts.

Since claiming wins in the first two wins of this seven-game road trip, the Braves have lost three of four. They still have won 11 of their past 16 games and own sole possession of second place in the National League East standings.

Pitching matchup
ATL: RHP Jorge Sosa
• 4-1, 2.78 ERA in 2005
• 0-0, 3.86 vs. PHI in 2005

PHI: RHP Robinson Tejeda
• 1-1, 2.35 ERA in 2005
• first career appearance vs. ATL

Player to watch
Andruw Jones has hit .397 (25-for-63) with 10 homers and 20 RBIs, 13 walks and nine strikeouts in his past 17 games.

Quotable
"You're going to run into days like this. You just tip your cap and try to win tomorrow." -- Marcus Giles on Saturday's loss

On the Internet
MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• ATL: ESPN
• PHI: ESPN

On radio
• ATL: WGST
• PHI: WPHT 1210; WIP 610

Quick hits
The Braves have been limited to four hits in two of their past three games. ... Sosa is one of nine starting pitchers the Braves have used this year. ... The Braves have won six of 11 against the Phillies this year. ... Jones has hit 23 of his Major League-leading 26 homers since May 1.

On deck
• Monday: vs. Cubs, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: vs. Cubs, 7:35 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: vs. Cubs, 7:05 p.m. ET

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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