ATLANTA - It was so over.
Like people-were-ready-to-leave over.
Chris Coste hit a lazy pop fly down the right-field line with two outs and two runners on in the top of the ninth inning tonight in a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson coasted underneath it to make a routine play. The crowd roared in anticipation of a one-run Braves victory.
But then . . .
. . . Johnson dropped the ball.
. . . Eric Bruntlett scored the tying-run from second.
The Turner Field scoreboard operator had an itchy trigger finger and put an 'X' in the bottom half of the ninth inning line score in center field because he thought the Braves had just won. Except they hadn't. Johnson eventually recovered from his miscue and threw out Pedro Feliz at the plate to end the inning.
But the damage had been done.
The Phillies had been given new life.
They wouldn't blow it like the Braves blew it, although they came close. Pinch-hitter Chris Snelling led off the 10th inning with a double to right-center field. It was Snelling's first at-bat since the Phillies activated him from the disabled list Monday. Jimmy Rollins sacrificed pinch-runner So Taguchi to third to put the go-ahead run 90 feet from home plate.
Shane Victorino just needed to get the ball into the outfield.
He did better than that. He ripped a triple to right-center field to score Taguchi to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Chase Utley followed and ripped a double to right to give the Phillies a two-run lead.
Closer Brad Lidge picked up his 16th save, but with a heart attack or two thrown in just for fun. The Braves had runners on second and third with two outs when Yunel Esobar singled to center to score Josh Anderson. Victorino fired home and got Gregor Blanco, who represented the tying run, by half a foot at the plate to end the game.
Otherwise, not much happened.