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(Wednesday, June 18)
Final Score: Philadelphia 10, Atlanta 5
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Howard, John Mayberry and Marlon Byrd combined to drive in eight runs, as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 10-5 at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Howard ended 3-for-5 with two RBI and Byrd also had three hits, including a homer, and three RBI for Philadelphia, which swept this three-game set from the struggling Braves. Mayberry had just one hit, but added three RBI for the Phillies, winners in seven of their last nine overall.
"You definitely want to handle these types of games against division rivals," said Howard. "It's a step in the right direction."
Cesar Hernandez, Wil Nieves, Chase Utley and Domonic Brown also had multi-hit games as Philadelphia unleashed a season-high 18 hits on Braves pitchers to record their first sweep in Atlanta since 2011.
Evan Gattis and Ryan Doumit each homered for the Braves, who have dropped seven of nine.
"It was a tough series, we didn't play our best," said Doumit. "We see these guys in another week on the road, so we're going to be looking for some redemption."
The Phillies got going in the first with two runs off Atlanta starter Aaron Harang (5-6). Byrd singled home the first run, and with the bases loaded Mayberry walked to force home the second.
Atlanta took a lead in the home half of the inning against Philadelphia starter Roberto Hernandez, as Gattis hit a two-run homer and Doumit later added a two-run single for a short-lived 4-2 lead.
Philadelphia took control in the second, putting together a five-run inning all with two outs. Utley singled home the first run of the inning and later scored on Howard's double. Howard later scored from third on Byrd's infield single to put the Phillies ahead 5-4. Later in the frame, Mayberry laced a two-run single to give Philadelphia three-run cushion.
The Phillies added another run in the fourth on Reid Brignac's bases-loaded walk that plated Utley. Then, after Doumit hit a homer to draw the Braves within 8-5, Howard added an RBI single in the fifth for another four-run lead.
Byrd capped the scoring with his solo homer in the eighth.
Hernandez (3-5) got the win despite yielding five runs on eight hits, with five walks and two strikeouts, over six innings.
Harang struggled and suffered the loss, surrendering nine runs -- eight earned -- on 13 hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked three, losing for the third time in seven starts (1-3).
Brown had three hits and scored once and Nieves' three hits included a ninth- inning double when he appeared to injure his right quad and needed to leave the game.
Atlanta's Justin Upton missed the game, one day after leaving early because of dizziness ... The Braves start an 11-game road trip Thursday against Washington, Houston and Philadelphia ... The Phillies travel to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals in a four-game weekend set starting Thursday ... Jason Heyward struck out against Antonio Bastardo in the seventh and is now hitless in his last 27 at-bats against lefties ... Gattis, who extended his career- best hit streak to 17 games, has 16 HRs this season ... Doumit's HR was his second ... Byrd has 11 HRs this season ... Cesar Hernandez had three hits and scored twice.
06/18 17:10:20 ET
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