ATLANTA (AP) - Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in with four runs to back rookie J.A. Happ's 7 2-3 strong innings, and Brad Lidge earned an easy save to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Sunday night.
Philadelphia, which has won five of six, dropped the Braves six games back in the National League East and kept Atlanta from tying Florida for second place in the division.
After his solo shot made it 1-0 in the second, Howard put the Phillies up 4-1 with his 30th homer in the sixth off Javier Vazquez (10-8). The 2007 NL MVP has driven in a run for seven straight games with 12 RBIs over that span.
Happ (9-2) surrendered three hits, including Matt Diaz's seventh homer in the fourth.