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Once all the tributes were over and the tears had dried, the Philadelphia Phillies turned their attention right back to the pennant race.

Scott Rolen hit two home runs off Greg Maddux, and the Phillies came back from baseball's six-day stoppage to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Monday night.

Philadelphia won the opener of a four-game series and closed within 2 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East.

"It was a big win for us, but it'll take time to put that into perspective," Rolen said.

The Braves had won six of seven before last Tuesday's terrorist attacks forced the majors to postpone games.

On an emotional night at Veterans Stadium, Rolen broke a 2-all tie in the sixth inning with his 22nd home run and reached 100 RBIs for the second time in his career.

Rolen had to be coaxed out of the dugout by manager Larry Bowa to tip his hat as fans gave him a standing ovation.

As games resumed Monday night, there were patriotic ceremonies at every ballpark. But there were also plenty of baseball scenes more familiar to fans, especially the 33,290 in Philadelphia.

The game began with the crowd chanting "USA! USA!" but ended with cheers for a Phillies victory.

And it took only three batters for Philadelphia fans to get back in form: They booed after Chipper Jones homered in the first.

"You realized the healing had started when they booed Chipper," said the normally hard-nosed Bowa, who wiped tears from his eyes during a pregame ceremony.

Robert Person (15-6) won his sixth straight decision, allowing two runs and six hits to improve to 11-1 since June 5.

Jose Mesa worked the ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.

Rolen hadn't connected against the Atlanta ace in 40 career at-bats coming in.

Maddux (17-9) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings. He is 3-4 with a 4.88 ERA since Aug. 1.

METS 4, PIRATES 1: Rey Ordonez hit a go-ahead RBI single in a three-run ninth, and the Mets returned from their trying week off with a win at PNC Park.

Ordonez's hit and pinch-hitter Mark Johnson's two-run double made a winner of John Franco (6-2) on his 41st birthday.

Franco, a native New Yorker, is the Mets player probably most personally affected by last week's terrorist attacks.

Wearing caps honoring New York firefighters, police and rescue workers, plus American flags on their jerseys and hats, the Mets won for the 18th time in 23 games.

DIAMONDBACKS 7, ROCKIES 3: Randy Johnson (19-6) pitched eight solid innings, and Steve Finley drove in four runs at Coors Field as Arizona increased its NL West lead to two games over San Francisco.

Rockies starter Denny Neagle allowed just one run and one hit in six innings.

PADRES 6, DODGERS 4: San Diego's Jason Middlebrook outpitched Kevin Brown in his major league debut, giving up one run and two hits in six innings at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers dropped four games behind Arizona in the NL West and two behind San Francisco in the wild card race.

CARDINALS 2, BREWERS 1: Coming off his no-hitter, rookie Bud Smith (4-2) allowed only three hits in seven innings as host St. Louis won for the seventh time in eight games and pulled into a tie with San Francisco for the wild card lead.

The Cardinals are 4 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading Houston, which said pitcher Pedro Astacio, acquired from Colorado in a deadline-day deal, is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a partial tear in his right shoulder.

MARLINS 10, EXPOS 6: Luis Castillo's two-run triple highlighted an eight-run sixth inning as Florida beat Montreal before the smallest Olympic Stadium crowd this season.

An announced crowd of 3,013 — in fact, no more than 1,000 fans were actually on hand — hushed to a silence for pregame ceremonies and again in the fifth when Expos starter Javier Vazquez was struck on the front of his batting helmet by a pitch from Ryan Dempster.

Vazquez was taken to the hospital for X-rays.