08/01 21:24 CDT Phillies hit 3 HRs in 12-2 win over Braves
Phillies hit 3 HRs in 12-2 win over Braves
By AARON BRACY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Odubel Herrera, Freddy Galvis and Cameron Rupp all
homered as the surging Philadelphia Phillies set a season high for scoring in a
12-2 victory over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Ryan Howard had three hits with a double and an RBI for the Phillies, who are a
major league-best 12-2 since the All-Star break after setting a club record
with 62 losses before it. At 41-64, Philadelphia still has the worst mark in
Maikel Franco had two doubles and two RBIs, Herrera had three hits and Cesar
Hernandez and Galvis each had two as the Phillies pounded out 15 hits.
Nick Markakis homered for Atlanta, which has lost a season-high six straight
--- all on the road. The Braves have dropped 13 of their last 14 away from
Turner Field, and nine of their last 10 overall.
Aaron Nola (2-1) settled down after the first inning to earn his second career
victory in his third start. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and
five hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks.
Matt Wisler (5-2), also a 22-year-old rookie, had his worst start in his eighth
career outing, allowing seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Markakis homered leading off the game, and the Braves tacked on another run in
the first on A.J. Pierzynski's RBI single for a 2-0 advantage. However, Nola
gave up two hits in four scoreless innings after that. Phillies relievers Elvis
Araujo, Hector Neris and Dalier Hinojosa then combined to allowed one hit in
four scoreless innings, lowering the bullpen's ERA to 1.68 in the last 14 games.
After getting a run back in the bottom of the first, Philadelphia totaled 11
runs in the middle three innings.
Franco tied it at 2 in the fourth by running through the stop sign at third on
Howard's single to center. Rupp put Philadelphia in front with his second homer
of the season, a three-run shot to left, later in the inning.
Herrera's long drive to the second deck in right and Domonic Brown's RBI single
scored two runs in the fifth, giving Philadelphia a 7-2 lead. Howard scored on
Brown's hit after jarring the ball loose from catcher Pierzynski on a headfirst
slide into home plate, a call that was upheld after a video review.
Galvis' three-run homer to right highlighted Philadelphia's five-run sixth
inning against right-hander David Aardsma that put the Phillies ahead by 10.
The Phillies have turned things around dramatically on the mound and at the
plate in the second half.
Since the break, Phillies starters are 8-2 with a 3.64 ERA after ranking last
in the majors by going 18-49 with a 5.44 ERA prior to it. Offensively,
Philadelphia has averaged 5.57 runs since the break after scoring an MLB-low
3.38 runs per contest before the break.
Howard has 32 RBIs in his last 34 games.
The teams wrap up the four-game series on Sunday afternoon when Braves RHP
Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.71) faces Philadelphia LHP Adam Morgan (2-2, 4.05).