By Sam Bush
It was another lost day in this gut-wrenching nightmare of a season for the Phillies.
In fact, it was twice as bad as usual!
Ender Inciarte had three more hits, David Freitas lined a go-ahead RBI double for his first career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Phillies 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep. Inciarte was 3 for 5 with one RBI after going 5 for 5 with four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 9-1 victory in the opener.
Julio Teheran (9-11) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
The Braves entered the day 0-8 at Citizens Bank Park this season and improved to 4-12 overall against the last-place Phillies.
Freitas put the Braves ahead 2-1 with his fourth-inning double in his second big-league at-bat. He was robbed of a hit his first time up when right fielder Nick Williams made a diving catch on his drive.
Inciarte’s RBI single extended the lead to 3-1.
The Phils’ game 2 starter, Mark Leiter Jr. (2-4), allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Braves starter R.A Dickey (9-8) struck out nine over eight innings in Game 1.
In the opener, Inciarte singled his first four times up and hit a two-out triple in the seventh. He walked in the ninth. He has had five hits in a game three times this season.
Braves third baseman Brandon Phillips singled for his 2,000th hit in Game 1 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
The Braves took out the frustration of a season’s worth of defeats on Philadelphia over the first three innings, scoring eight runs. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer off Jerad Eickhoff (4-8) in the first.
Eickhoff left the game in the third inning because of tingling in his right arm. Eickhoff’s fastball only hit 90 mph twice and the Braves pounced on the slower fastballs.