The two days of nearly flawless baseball from the Phillies was broken up on Wednesday in the early afternoon series finale against the Braves.
The Phillies allowed three unearned runs and pitching walked nine Braves hitters in a difficult day all around for the Phillies.
With a series win already claimed, the Braves managed to take away the possibility of a sweep with a 7-4 win over the Phillies at Turner Field on Wednesday.
The Phillies opened the scoring in the first. After a lead-off double by Ben Revere, Chase Utley drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
The Braves scored three runs in the second, all due to an error by Utley. Ryan Doumit reached on Utley’s fielding error to lead off the inning. With two outs, Christian Bethancourt singled to tie the game. B.J. Upton followed with a two-run home run to give the Braves the lead.
Grady Sizemore helped the Phillies tie in the third with a two-run home run to right.
The Braves reclaimed the lead in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Jason Heyward. The Phillies knotted the game back up in the fifth on another sacrifice fly by Utley.
David Buchanan lasted just four innings, allowing four runs – one earned – on three hits. He walked four and struck out two.
Mario Hollands came on in relief in the fifth, but after walking Chris Johnson with two outs, left the game with elbow soreness. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came on in relief and allowed an RBI single to Bethancourt to give the Braves the lead.
In the sixth, another run scored on an RBI single by Tommy La Stella. A wild pitch by Justin De Fratus allowed another run to score in the sixth.
In his major-league debut, Gonzalez allowed two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Five of the eight batters he faced reached his one-plus innings of work.
The Phillies managed eight hits in the loss, three by Revere, who increased his average to .314.
The loss dropped the Phillies to 64-75 on the season. They have a day off on Thursday before facing the Washington Nationals on Friday in the first of a three-game series from Nationals Park.
L: Mario Hollands (2-2)
S: Craig Kimbrel (42)