The Philadelphia Phillies took the first two-out-of-three games on the road against the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta needed to win this one badly. The Braves indeed found a way to beat Philadelphia by a score of 5-4.
Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the National League East crown is one game. With the loss, the Phillies are now four games back of the second wild card spot in the National League to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ronald Acuna hit his 40th home run of the season in the fourth-inning for the Atlanta Braves off of Aaron Nola on a two-run shot.
Adam Haseley had an RBI double and Cesar Hernandez grounded into a force out and it allowed Haseley to tie the game at two in the fifth-inning for Philadelphia.
Atlanta responded with a 2-run single by Freddie Freeman in the fifth-inning.
Jean Segura had an RBI single in the sixth-inning for the Philadelphia Phillies. He had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.
Austin Riley hit a solo home run for the Braves in the sixth-inning off of Aaron Nola.
Scott Kingery had a sacrifice fly in the eight-inning for Philadelphia.
Mark Melancon recorded his 12th save of the season with Atlanta by pitching a scoreless ninth-inning. He struck out two batters.
The winning pitcher for the Atlanta Braves was Mike Soroka (13-4). He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Soroka didn’t walk any batters and he struck out five.
Aaron Nola (12-6) was the losing pitcher for the Phillies. He pitched five innings and gave up nine hits and five runs. Nola walked two batters and struck out four.
Atlanta will host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game set at home starting on Friday night. Philadelphia will go on the road and face the Cleveland Indians for a three-game set starting on Friday night.