By Sam Bush
Jeremy Hellickson outdueled Julio Teheran last night at Turner Field, as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 9-5.
The Phils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Cameron Rupp (above), but Atlanta quickly stormed back. Nick Markakis drove in Jace Peterson with a single to tie the game in the third before Adonis Garcia handed the Braves their only lead with an RBI single in the next at-bat.
Teheran appeared to settle in after the second inning, retiring eight straight batters before running into trouble in the fifth. With runners on first and second, Hellickson provided his own support, doubling down the left-field line to score both and give the Phillies a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Opposing pitchers were 3-for-34 vs. Teheran this year before the at-bat.
“The big hit for me was Hellickson’s double after he couldn’t get a bunt down,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
After the Phillies scored two more runs in the sixth, the Braves cut the deficit to 5-3 and knocked Hellickson out of the game on Anthony Recker’s RBI single in the bottom of the frame. After surrendering four runs on no hits to the Phillies in the eighth, Atlanta couldn’t mount a comeback despite scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame. It fell to 8-4 against Philadelphia this season.
“[Until that inning], we were right there,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It just didn’t happen in that inning, pretty much. We could have kind of kept the game right there in the eighth, but there were just a couple of tough plays that didn’t go our way.”