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Floyd to oppose Thomson in Game 2

Phils send Floyd against rival Braves

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The Phillies take the field Tuesday searching for their third straight win and they'll put the ball in the hands of rookie Gavin Floyd.

Floyd will be hard-pressed to match the brilliance of Eude Brito, who tossed six shutout innings on Monday, helping Philadelphia stay a game back in the National League Wild Card race. The Marlins lead the pack after beating the Astros, who are a half-game back.

The righty will be making his second start since being recalled in September. He allowed three runs in six innings to the Nationals on Sept. 4.

Atlanta counters with John Thomson. He'll be pitching for the first time since Sept. 5, when he allowed the Mets one run in five innings. In his past two starts, the right-hander has worn off some of the rust he developed during a three-month stint on the disabled list. He's surrendered just three runs in 11 innings.

Pitching matchup
ATL: RHP John Thomson
• 3-4, 4.60 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 0.00 ERA in 2005 vs. PHI

PHI: RHP Gavin Floyd
• 1-2, 11.25 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 29.25 ERA in 2005 vs. ATL

Player to watch
Pat Burrell is 8-for-15 with two homers in his career against Thomson.

Quotable
"They trust me right and I believe in myself. We're in a good race right now, and think we can make the playoffs. If they give me the ball, they have confidence in me, and I have to do my best." --Brito

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

On television
• ATL: Turner South
• PHI: CSN

On radio
• ATL: WGST
• PHI: WPHT 1210 AM; WPWA 1590 (Español)

Quick hits
Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games Monday. ... Atlanta's Todd Hollandsworth hit his seventh career pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning Monday. ... Chipper Jones left Monday's game with a strained left quadricep muscle. He is day-to-day.

On deck
• Wednesday: vs. Braves, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: vs. Braves, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: at Marlins, 7:35 p.m. ET

Ken Mandel 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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