By Sam Bush
Even Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan couldn’t look!
Juan Uribe hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning, Julio Teheran delivered another strong home start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 Friday night.
Uribe pulled Morgan’s first pitch in the seventh over the 380-foot sign in left field. It was one of the few mistakes for Morgan, a rookie left-hander who also gave up a second-inning homer to Jonny Gomes.
Teheran (6-4) allowed one unearned run and seven hits in seven innings. He improved to 5-0 in eight starts at Turner Field. He is 1-4 in nine road starts.
Morgan (1-1) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.
The Phillies have lost five straight and eight of nine.
The Braves, coming off a series win over the Washington Nationals, have won three straight.
Jim Johnson gave up a leadoff single to Freddy Galvis in the ninth before Cameron Rupp hit into a double play. Ben Revere singled up the middle before Odubel Herrera ended the game with a fly ball to left field as Johnson earned his fifth save. Closer Jason Grilli was unavailable after pitching in the previous two games,
The Phillies’ run came in the second, when Morgan reached on second baseman Jace Peterson’s throwing error and scored on Cesar Hernandez’s single to right field. Morgan initially was rewarded a hit — which would have been the first of his career — before a scoring change made the run unearned.
In his major league debut, a 9-2 win over the Cardinals on June 21, Morgan snapped the Phillies’ franchise record of 25 consecutive games without a win by a starting pitcher.
Morgan, born in Tampa, Florida, attended Kell High School near Atlanta.
With two outs in the sixth, Cameron Maybin doubled down the left-field line and Nick Markakis walked. The runners advanced to second and third on Morgan’s wild pitch, but the left-hander ended the inning on Chris Johnson’s slow grounder to second.
A video review — and hustle by Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons — helped Teheran in the seventh. Rupp singled past Uribe at third base. The ball bounced into foul territory as Rupp ran for second. Simmons beat Gomes, the left fielder, to the ball and threw to Peterson, who made the tag as Rupp slid into second.
Rupp was called safe before the call was overturned following the review which lasted 2 minutes, 22 seconds.