By Sam Bush
Kurt Suzuki homered twice, Nick Markakis drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies 7-2.
Atlanta scored five runs in the first off Ben Lively (3-7) on Ozzie Albies’ RBI single, Markakis’ two-run single and Suzuki’s two-run homer . Markakis’ run-scoring single made it 6-0 in the second.
Newcomb allowed one runner through the first three innings and gave up his first hit in the fourth, when Cesar Hernandez doubled leading off and scored onNick Williams’ sacrifice fly. Williams’ RBI single in the sixth chased Newcomb.
Newcomb has a 3.86 ERA in his last six starts.
Lively (3-7) gave up six runs, eight hits and two walks in five innings.
“I was trying to find my fastball early in the game,” Lively said. “The big part of my game is the fastball and it doesn’t help when the fastball is staying toward the middle.”