NO HOMER, NO BIGGIE! HOSKINS’ DOUBLE LIFT PHILS IN 6-1 WIN!

By Sam Bush

Rhys Hoskins’ historic homer run streak ended last night.

But the Phillies’ rookie wonderboy still found a way to help the team win.

He drove in the go-ahead run with a sixth-inning double, Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings in a 6-1 win over the Braves.

Cameron Rupp homered for the Phillies, who have connected in 10 straight games and totaled 21 homers over that stretch. The Phillies have won 12 of 14 games against the Braves this season and all eight in Philadelphia.

“I wish we played them every night,” Rupp said.

Hoskins didn’t go deep after homering in five straight games while becoming the fastest ever to reach 11 home runs, doing it in 18 games and 64 at-bats. His double just inside the left-field line scored Nick Williams to put the Phillies ahead 2-1.

“I wasn’t mad at him,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “A double was OK.”

That was enough for Nola (10-9), who rebounded from two straight subpar outings by allowing one run and five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

“I tried to throw those two outings away,” said Nola, who was 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA in his previous two starts.

Mackanin said Nola was successful because he was able to spot his pitches.

“It sounds like a broken record, but location, location, location; that’s what it’s all about,” he said.

Braves infielder Brandon Phillips had two hits to reach 1,999 in his career.

Nola’s only blemish was Phillips’ RBI single in the sixth. Phillips held his bat in the air after the hit, perhaps thinking he had reached the milestone. Phillips, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single, had a chance to reach 2,000 but grounded out in the eighth.

“It was good to see Nola back on track,” Mackanin said. “He really dominated. I expect a good outing every time.”

After Hoskins’ double in the sixth, Maikel Franco gave the Phillies a two-run lead with a single to center. And Rupp led off the seventh with his 14th homer of the season to help Philadelphia continue its mastery of the Braves.

“Sometimes that happens and other times, there’s just teams you can’t seem to beat,” Mackanin said. “I can’t figure it out.”

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