Final Score: Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson collected two RBI and Alex
Wood spun six strong innings of one-run ball, as the Atlanta Braves notched
their 10th straight victory with a 4-1 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies
Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
Jason Heyward scored twice and knocked in a run, while Justin Upton added a
run-scoring double for the Braves, who haven't tasted defeat since July 25 at
Wood (2-2) limited the Phillies to two hits and as many walks while striking
out three to earn his second straight victory. Craig Kimbrel worked around a
one-out single in the ninth to secure his 34th save of the season.
"He did a nice job today mixing his pitches," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez
said about Wood. "He threw fastballs in on right-handers, threw some real good
change-ups. It was a good outing."
Cliff Lee's first start since July 21 was a forgettable one, as the Braves
touched Lee (10-5) for four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and a pair
of walks in just five innings of work.
"I felt fine," said Lee. "I was a little eratic early. I wasn't locating that
well, walked the first guy of the game, that's never good."
Michael Young registered one of Philadelphia's four hits and knocked in the
only run of the game for the Phillies, who have lost five straight and 13 of
their last 14 games.
Lee, who was dealing with a neck strain, was unable to shake of the rust in
the early going, as the Braves plated a pair of runs in their first at-bat.
Heyward worked a leadoff walk and Freddie Freeman smacked a one-out single
before both runners advanced a base on Carlos Ruiz's passed ball. After Brian
McCann fanned, Johnson laced a single to right to make it 2-0.
Wood, meanwhile, held the Phils hitless over the first two frames before
Ruiz led off the third with a drive off the top of the wall in left. The
umpires originally signaled home run, but video review confirmed the ball did
not clear the wall, leaving Ruiz standing on second.
Lee followed with a sacrifice bunt to move his batterymate to third before
Young plated Ruiz with a groundout to third to bring the home team within 2-1.
The Braves answered with two more runs in the fourth, as B.J. Upton led off
with a blast that reached the first row in right. However, after video review,
the umpires ruled a fan reached over the fence, giving Upton a leadoff double.
Lee quickly retired the next two hitters, but Heyward came through with an RBI
single off the right-field wall before scoring on Justin Upton's double to
center to make it 4-1.
Philadelphia left fielder Darin Ruf extended his streak of reaching base to 32
consecutive MLB appearances since Sept. 25, 2012, the longest streak for a
Phillie since Chase Utley's 33-game run Sept. 7, 2008 - April 22, 2009 ... The
Braves won 10 straight games from April 5-16 earlier this season. They are
just the second team in the last 35 seasons to notch two double-digit winning
streaks in the same season ... Lee fell to 6-5 in 13 career starts against
the Braves .. The Phillies are 1-13 in their last 14 games, marking the
club's worst 14-game stretch since a 1-18 skid from Aug. 28-Sept. 14, 1999.
08/05 00:17:27 ET
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