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ATLANTA -- The Phillies are more than happy to take advantage of Atlantas awful season.A wins a win, Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. Sloppy.Jeremy Hellickson pitched into the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double to help the Phillies beat the bumbling Braves 9-5 on Saturday night.Atlanta, the major leagues worst team, put on a clinic of bad baseball in the eighth as Philadelphia scored four runs without a hit.Hunter Cervenka issued four walks, Ryan Weber hit a batter and two infielders committed an error to bring a chorus of boos from the fans.Ill just say this -- when you score four runs without a hit, you better win that game, Mackanin said. You better win the game.Hellickson (8-7) allowed nine hits, three runs and one walk and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his last seven starts despite getting chased when Anthony Reckers RBI single cut the lead to 5-3.Hellickson was pulled because his right hand was sore after jamming it on a foul ball he hit earlier in the game.A little tough to grip, I think, just the curveball, Hellickson said.Braves starter Julio Teheran blew a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Hellickson doubled over the bag at third.Teheran (3-9) allowed five hits, three runs, one walk and struck out four in five innings. He left his last start, a no-decision at Colorado on July 22, with tightness in his right lat.Philadelphia went up 5-2 in the sixth against Eric OFlaherty on Freddy Galvis two-run single. Odubel Herrera missed a chance to add on when OFlaherty struck him out with the bases loaded.Its been a recurring theme for the Phillies, who began the night with a .145 average with runners in scoring position and 72 stranded runners over their last eight games.Atlantas bullpen had pitched 18 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, but that stretch ended with a thud. Cervenka threw just five of 21 pitches for strikes and walked in a run in one-third of an inning.With Weber pitching, two runs scored on third baseman Adonis Garcias fielding error. Shortstop Erick Aybar then booted a grounder to load the bases before Weber hit Aaron Altherr with a pitch to make it 9-3.That one inning got away from us, interim Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. We were right there. We couldve kept the game (close). A couple of tough plays that didnt go our way.The Braves took a 2-1 lead third on RBI singles by Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia.The Phillies made it 1-0 in the second. Ryan Howard doubled to begin the inning and lumbered home from second on Cameron Rupps RBI single.Atlanta scored twice in the eighth.Hellickson tried to brush aside questions about whether he might be traded before Mondays deadline.Ive just been focused on every start and between start, he said. Yeah, whatever happens, happens, like Ive told you guys, I hope Im still here Tuesday.SPLASHY MOVEThe Braves swung a big trade to address their woeful offense -- and add some spark heading into next season- by acquiring pricey slugger Matt Kemp and $10.5 million from San Diego for troubled outfielder Hector Olivera.Atlanta had tried for several months to deal Olivera following his April 13 arrest on domestic violence charges. He is eligible to play again in the major leagues on Tuesday following his 82-game domestic violence suspension. The Padres plan to designate Olivera for assignment when he comes off the restricted list Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced.Despite arthritis in both hips, Kemp could boost the weakest offense in the major leagues. Atlanta ranks last in runs scored and homers.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12) has a 3.83 ERA but leads the NL in losses. He is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career starts against Atlanta.Braves: Snitker has yet to decide on a Sunday starter.---AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson contributed to this story.Craig Biggio Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey Large . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Roberto Osuna Jersey . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. Jeff Kent Jersey . The Dutchmans tenure got off to a poor start when referee Guido Winkmann awarded a penalty within two minutes for Niklas Starks clumsy challenge on Alexandru Maxim.Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz Jr. figured to still be a fight or two away from a world title opportunity. But then champion Tyson Fury, dealing with myriad personal problems -- including drug, alcohol and mental health issues -- vacated his world title belts in mid-October and suddenly Ruiz was thrust into position to fight for one of them.And now, with his big chance at hand, Ruiz is excited about the prospect of making boxing history as the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight crown.That would be a blessing, said Ruiz, who was born in Imperial Valley, California, raised in Mexicali, Mexico, and then returned to Imperial Valley. Its something Ive been waiting for my whole life. Its what weve been training for. Were ready for whatever comes, but it would be big for all Mexican people. I would love to be the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world and were going to be. I cant wait to bring that belt home.If Ruiz is to carry that title belt through customs when he returns home it will be at the end of a long trip. Ruiz leaves this weekend for Auckland, New Zealand, where he will face hometown hero Joseph Parker for the vacant title on Dec. 10 at Vector Arena in what New Zealand media are calling one of the biggest sports events in the nations history.The bout will be televised in the United States on HBO on same-day tape delay at 9:35 p.m. ET/PT and will open a three-fight telecast that will also include a pair of live bouts, unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) defending his belts against John Molina (29-6, 23 KOs) in the main event and lightweight veteran Raymundo Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KOs) taking on rising contender Mason Menard (32-1, 24 KOs) at the CenturyLink Center in Crawfords hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.With Mexican fans so much a part of the lifeblood of boxing, a heavyweight to carry the torch in the sports marquee division has been something of a holy grail for promoters.The late Dan Goossen thought he had found one in Chris Arreola, a Mexican-American with a big punch and larger-than-life personality. But Arreola has had three opportunities to fight for a world title and was knocked out all three times, by Vitali Klitschko (2009), Bermane Stiverne (2014) and Deontay Wilder (this July). In fact, there has been only one Latino fighter to win a heavyweight world title: Massachusetts-born John Ruiz, whose family was from Puerto Rico, twice claimed belts in the early 2000s.Top Ranks Bob Arum has promoted Andy Ruiz for his entire seven-year professional career and has made catering to Hispanic boxing fans -- Mexicans in particular -- a major part of his companys mandate. He has promoted a whos who of popular Mexican boxers, including Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and has for years promoted the Solo Boxeo cards on Spanish-language network UniMas.Arum knows how big of a deal a Mexican heavyweight titleholder would be. He can practically hear the cash register ringing and sense the pride the fans would have.As far as Top Rank is concerned, if we had a Mexican heavyweight champion, he would be huge with the Hispanic fans in the United States and Mexico, Arum said. Andy is a Mexican-American who speaks perfect Spanish and English. He would be a tremendous attraction on either side of the border. We can do big things with him both on premium cable television and also on pay-per-view.I also think its good for boxing if he beats Parker. There would be a lot of good matches for him, and because of his Hispanic heritage, hed probably become a bigger attraction in the U.S. than any other heavyweight.Ruiz (29-0, 19 KOs), 27, is nonchalant about having to travel such a long way in an attempt to achieve his historic quest.I dont mind. Its really not a big deal for me, Ruiz said. At the end of the day well do what we got to do. Doesnt matter if its in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world. I know once I step into the ring in his place Im already two poiints down on the cards.dddddddddddd. Thats our mentality. I know I have to work even harder to fight the best fight I can fight. But traveling overseas is not a really big deal for me. I like traveling. I look forward to going over there. They say New Zealand is a beautiful place, so were very excited to go over there.Arum, who will be making the trip to New Zealand with his wife, Lovee, and Top Rank head matchmaker Bruce Trampler, made the deal for the fight with Parker promoter Duco Events. One of the stipulations they agreed to is a panel of neutral judges, meaning none from New Zealand, Australia, Mexico or the United States. They also all agreed on American referee Tony Weeks, long one of the best in the sport.Ruiz and Parker are familiar with each other. They have both spent a lot of time training in Las Vegas and sparred with each other a couple of times in 2013.I think he underestimated me. I was chubby and fat, but he didnt see the speed and punch I had, Ruiz said. He knows what I got and I know what he has got. Were both going to try our best. Were cool. I dont have anything bad to say about him. Hes a good guy, very humble, but inside the ring its all business when we have to turn our switch on and we have to fight each other and try to kill each other to get the world title. May the best man win.Ruiz, the underdog against Parker, has fought overseas twice on Top Rank cards in Macau, China, in 2013. He scored knockout wins against Tor Hamer and Joe Hanks on those shows, and Arum said the experience of traveling such a long way can only benefit him in preparation for the bout with the 24-year-old Parker (21-0, 18 KOs).I think Andy has a real chance to win because, based on what Ive seen, theres no question he has the fastest hands of any heavyweight by far and he also has ring intelligence, Arum said. He also takes a tremendous punch. He has been hit and not wobbled by good fighters. We also finally got him in a place where theres no f---ing around in training.After years of lackadaisical training habits and poor conditioning, Ruiz parted ways with longtime trainer Jeff Grmoja and hired 2015 Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year Abel Sanchez, who trained Hall of Famer Terry Norris for years and now is best known for his work with unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin.Ruiz has been at Sanchezs Big Bear Lake, California, training camp since early October. Sanchez has said Ruiz showed dedication throughout camp, and Arum said all of his reports have been positive.All these guys work really hard in Big Bear, Arum said. Theyre stuck up there in the mountains. All they do is train and think boxing and condition themselves. Abel told me [last week] that Andy is in great shape. He said Andy has listened to everything he has?said. He thinks Andy not only will win but wont have much trouble with Parker.I think that even though [Grmoja] is a good guy, he was not capable of bringing out of Andy what Abel is.Ruiz was 17 when he first met Sanchez, and he said the recent decision to go with him full time as his trainer was the right one.He is one of those trainers who pushes you to the limit and he makes you do more than you think you can do, Ruiz said. He gets you in shape. Never in my life have I sparred so much. Im running 5-6 miles a day. Thats what I need to do. Before I was with Abel, I was kind of lazy and wouldnt push myself to my limit, not to blame my previous coach. I needed them to push me to the limit. It has been a blessing to be here in Big Bear with Abel. I think I will stick around here for a while. Ive been training my ass off in Big Bear. Its my time. I feel its my time to prove to the world who Andy Ruiz is.The hard work Ive been doing will be worth it. The sacrifice for a few months will be worth it because then I can go back home and celebrate our victory. ' ' '

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