By Annie Ross
R. A. Dickey allowed only three hits in seven innings to earn his first win in five weeks and lead the Atlanta Braves over Ben Lively and the Phillies 3-1.
In the seventh, Aaron Altherr struck out and sank to his knee. In the fifth,Maikel Franco’s missed swing sent his bat sailing into the protective netting behind home plate, causing a delay of several minutes.
The 42-year-old Dickey (4-4) set a season high with eight strikeouts . He gave up no walks for the first time this season. He allowed one run in his first victory since May 2 against the Mets.
Dickey yielded a leadoff single to Tommy Joseph in the second and didn’t allow another hit until Odubel Herrera’s leadoff double in the seventh. Herrera scored from second on Franco’s single to right field with two outs.
Kemp had a run-scoring double in Atlanta’s two-run first inning.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save.
One day after Mike Foltynewicz gave up only four hits in seven scoreless innings in a 14-1 win for the Braves, the Phillies again struggled at the plate. Herrera’s double was Philadelphia’s only extra-base hit.
Lively (1-1), a rookie right-hander making only his second start, struggled in the first inning. Ender Inciarte walked, moved to second on Brandon Phillips’ double and scored on a grounder to second by Nick Markakis. Kemp’s double drove in Phillips.
Lively didn’t allow another run until the sixth. Matt Adams singled and scored from first when Tyler Flowers doubled over Herrera in center field. Herrera was slow to react before finally turning too late to run toward the wall.
“The first inning I was pumped up too much, but after that I settled down and started feeling pretty good,” Lively said.
Lively allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He has a 2.57 ERA through two major league starts.