Wednesday, June 18, 2014
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Howard capped a big series by driving in two runs with three hits and the Phillies battered Aaron Harang and the Braves 10-5 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Howard, who hit homers in each of the first two games of the series, drove in a run with a double in the Phillies' five-run second inning. He added a run-scoring single in the fifth. He had five hits, four walks and six RBIs in the series.
Marlon Byrd drove in three runs with three hits, including a homer.
Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in Atlanta's four-run first inning off Roberto Hernandez (3-5). Ryan Doumit also homered and hit a two-run single for Atlanta.
The two Atlanta homers were not enough to overcome the Phillies' season-high 18 hits. Five Phillies had three hits.
Harang (5-6) allowed nine runs, eight earned, and 13 hits and three walks. He threw 115 pitches in only five innings.
The Phillies have won seven of nine. Atlanta has lost eight of 12.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez tried a new lineup, and rookie Tommy La Stella was 0 for 4 with a walk in his first game hitting leadoff.
Hernandez overcame his rough first inning to last six innings, giving up five runs and eight hits and five walks. He had been 0-4 in eight starts since his last win on May 4 against Washington.
Trailing 4-2, the Phillies scored five runs in the second on six straight two-out hits, including a two-run single by John Mayberry Jr., who had three RBIs.
Shortstop Cesar Hernandez, batting leadoff for the first time this season, had three hits and scored two runs. Domonic Brown and Will Nieves also had three hits. Nieves left the game with an apparent leg injury after his ninth-inning double.
Antonio Bastardo and Ken Giles combined for three scoreless innings behind Hernandez.
NOTES: Phillies CF Ben Revere (sore left knee) missed his second straight start and had a pinch-hit groundout in the eighth. ... The Braves rested several starters including LF Justin Upton, who left Tuesday night's game with dizziness. Upton was available off the bench. CF B.J. Upton and SS Andrelton Simmons also received days off. ... Braves LHP Jonny Venters was given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his surgically repaired left elbow. He is trying to come back from his second Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2013, and will rest the elbow for about five weeks. ... The Braves open a four-game series at Washington on Thursday night when RHP Gavin Floyd faces RHP Jordan Zimmermann. ... The Phillies open a four-game series at St. Louis with David Buchanan opposing Shelby Miller in a matchup of right-handers.