By Sam Bush
Bryson Stott drove in five runs to lift the Phillies to a 6-4 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves and kept Philly just a half-game behind the Cards for the third wild card spot.
Alec Bohm doubled and had three hits for the Phillies, who rebounded from a three-game sweep at home against the lowly Chicago Cubs last weekend.
With the Braves leading by one, A.J. Minter (4-3) got the first two outs in the eighth inning before Bohm and Yairo Muñoz singled to put runners on first and second. Stott then drove a full-count cutter into the seats in right field for his seventh home run, putting the Phillies ahead 6-4.
“The bullpen has been great,” Snitker said. “It’s going to happen every now and then.”
Andrew Bellatti (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win, and Seranthony Dominguez worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
“It’s a huge win altogether,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “The way we started the second half, the way we started this game. We kept fighting, kept grinding and got it done.”
Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in six innings.
The Braves went ahead 4-3 in the sixth with a run off reliever Connor Brogdon. Riley hit his second double with one out, went to third on Brogdon’s wild pitch and scored on Ozuna’s chopper to third that left Johan Camargo with no play.
Atlanta jumped out to a 3-0 lead against starter Ranger Suárez in the second with the help of poor Philadelphia defense. With the bases loaded and two outs, Michael Harris II hit a grounder to Camargo at third. But his throw eluded first baseman Rhys Hoskins, allowing two runs to score on the error. Orlando Arcia then scored from third base on a wild pitch.
None of the three runs Suárez gave up were earned in his five innings of four-hit ball.
Philadelphia got within 3-2 in the bottom half on Stott’s two-run double that took a wild bounce in front of first baseman Matt Olson before getting past him. The Phillies tied it an inning later on J.T. Realmuto’s RBI single.