Howard hits ninth as Phils tie Braves

Howard hits ninth as Phils tie Braves

at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Wednesday, March 22

Braves at the plate: Andruw Jones hit his first homer of the spring, a two-out fourth-inning solo shot. Jeff Francoeur's fifth-inning solo blast gave him his third homer in the past four games. Marcus Giles struck out and drew a walk in his first game since March 14.

Phillies at the plate: Ryan Howard continued his power barrage with a three-run sixth-inning homer off Jorge Sosa. It was Howard's ninth Grapefruit League home run. Chris Roberson provided two singles, including one to begin a four-run sixth inning.

Braves on the mound: Kyle Davies allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Sosa, making his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic, allowed three singles and Howard's homer before recording his second out in the sixth inning.

Phillies on the mound: Ryan Franklin allowed two earned runs and three hits in five innings. Geoff Geary allowed an Adam LaRoche double, but he completed a scoreless sixth inning.

Grapefruit League records: Phillies 14-6-1; Braves 7-13-1.

Up next: The Braves will send John Thomson to the mound to face the Indians at Disney's Wide World Sports complex at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The Phillies will start Eude Brito in their Thursday game against the Tigers in Lakeland at 1:05 p.m.

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