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Tuesday, April 15th (All times Eastern)

Atlanta Braves (9-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-7), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - David Hale (0-0, 2.89) Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50)

( - Down but not out, the Atlanta Braves kept coming at the Philadelphia Phillies and muscled their way to a victory in the opener of a four-game set.

The Braves turn to David Hale on Tuesday night against the Phils hoping he can rebound from a rough outing.

The 26-year-old Hale will make the fifth start of his major league career and third this season. He has gone without a decision in the first two while posting a 2.89 earned run average.

Hale struggled with his command last Thursday versus the New York Mets, tagged for four runs -- three earned -- on five hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings. Atlanta lost the game 6-4.

"Just one of those days," said Hale. "I didn't have command of the fastball at all. I had to battle the whole time. It's tough to do that the entire game."

One of the right-hander's two starts last season came against the Phillies and he picked up his first career win -- and so far only MLB decision -- by holding Philadelphia to a run over six innings on Sept. 26 in Atlanta.

The Braves hit five home runs to the Phillies' two in Monday's 9-6 victory.

After an early-game pitcher's duel, the Braves extended a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning when Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons connected on three straight solo homers, with Gattis hitting his second longball of the game.

The lead quickly disappeared in the home half as Luis Avilan walked leadoff man Tony Gwynn Jr. and gave up singles to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to load the bags. After striking out Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd poked a two-run single to right. Domonic Brown followed with a three-run home run to right field, giving the Phils the lead.

With closer Jonathan Papelbon unavailable, Jake Diekman (got the nod in the ninth for the Phillies, but he loaded the bases before eventually serving up a game-winning grand slam to Uggla.

David Carpenter shut the door for his second career save and first with the Braves.

"You don't see Avilan give up runs very much at all, much less four, so that was very rare. We wanted to get his back since he's picked us up so much," Uggla said.

The Braves have won four straight as they were coming off a three-game sweep of Washington, while the Phillies failed to hold momentum from a three-game sweep of Miami over the weekend.

"It was nice to see the comeback. The guys battled, had good at-bats, put a five spot up there and answered what they did," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "Just weren't able to close the door in the ninth."

Help is on the way for Sandberg as the Phillies are expected to activate right-handed reliever Mike Adams from the disabled list. He has not pitched since last June, however, due to right shoulder surgery.

Sandberg also will have the benefit of starting Cliff Lee, who went 3-2 with a 2.29 earned run average in five starts versus the Braves last season.

Lee opened up the 2014 campaign with consecutive wins before suffering a 6-2 loss versus Milwaukee on Thursday. The veteran lefty allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings, fanning eight without a walk.

Lee, who has a 5.50 ERA on the year, has struck out 15 batters this season to just one walk in 18 innings.

The Braves had gone 23-14 versus the Phillies over the previous two seasons, but lost five of nine in Philadelphia in 2013.

04/15 10:42:28 ET

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