Willis, Podsednik help Phillies beat Braves
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Scott Podsednik hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning and Dontrelle Willis tossed a scoreless inning, helping a Philadelphia Phillies split squad beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Thursday.
Matt Diaz and Dan Uggla hit solo homers for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens had a rough outing, allowing four runs and nine hits in four innings.
Podsednik had one of six run-scoring singles for the Phillies.
He's competing for a roster spot and could earn playing time in left field.
Willis had an encouraging outing after getting rocked and leaving his last appearance because of arm tightness and fatigue.
Willis, a former 22-game winner, is trying to resurrect his career in a new role as a lefty specialist in the bullpen.
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