Lowe pounded again, Braves routed by Phillies 7-1

By PAUL NEWBERRY | September 27, 2011 | 9:45 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez chases a foul ball from Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado into the seats in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves are doing their best to give away what looked like a certain playoff berth just a few weeks ago.

Derek Lowe had another miserable outing, surrendering five runs in four-plus innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies romped to a 7-1 victory Tuesday night that left the Braves on the brink going to the final day of the regular season.

Chase Utley, Hunter Pence and Jimmy Rollins homered for the playoff-bound Phillies to back a three-hit outing by Roy Oswalt (9-10), who tuned up for the playoffs with a strong performance in a largely disappointing season.

The Braves lost their fourth in a row and eighth in 11 games, sending them to the final day of the regular season assured of no more than a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, who were at Houston.