Murphy's homer in 8th gives Phillies win over Braves, 4-3


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dale Murphy did his part to cheer up the Philadelphia Phillies on last night.

Murphy's 433-foot homer with one out in the eighth inning gave the Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia lost its three previous games and seven of the last eight.

"It's good to come in here smiling for change," said Murphy, who connected on a 2-0 pitch from Braves reliever Juan Berenguer (0-2).

"I got a good pitch to hit, a fastball, and I thought I hit it pretty good," Murphy said. "We've been scuffling, so that was a real good win."

The Braves threatened to break the 3-3 tie in the top of the eighth, but Phillies center fielder Sil Campusano fielded Otis Nixon's one-out single and threw out Tommy Gregg at the plate.

"The home runs really helped, but Campusano's throw to the plate was a key play," Phillies manager Jim Fregosi said. "We've been struggling, so that was a good one to get."

"We got a big hit in the top of the eighth, but maybe he hit it too hard," said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, whose team has now lost four in a row. "We're playing hard, and we've got a good ballclub. We'll be all right."

Reliever Mitch Williams (1-3) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the victory, striking out three.

Phillies starter Tommy Greene, who homered to tie the game in the fifth, allowed all three Braves runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first on John Kruk's ninth home run of the season.

Atlanta's four straight singles led to three runs in the fourth.

Terry Pendleton led off with a single, moved to third on Ron Gant's single and scored on Dave Justice's hit to right field. Sid Bream singled in Gant, and Justice scored while Jeff Treadway grounded into a double play.

The Phillies tied the score in the fifth when Greene hit an 0-2 pitch from Steve Avery for his first major-league home run.

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