WILLIAMS CALMS DOWN AFTER SHAKY START IN PHILLIES’ WIN

By Harry Allison

The way yesterday’s Phillies-Braves series-ending game started, you could get even money that Phils’ hurler Jerome Williams would be gone in the first two innings.

Williams opened the game by walking leadoff hitter Nick Markakis, then issued a two-out walk to Kelly Johnson, and both scored when Braves rookie Jace Peterson slapped a two-run, bases-loaded single.

From there, Williams settled in and turned in his best start of the young season, a three-run, 6 2/3-inning outing that was his longest in his four 2015 starts.

Williams left in the Braves seventh with the Phillies leading 4-3 after allowing a two-out single to Andelton Simmonds. He allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked just the two first-inning batters in a 92-pitch outing.

Righty Luis Garcia replaced Williams and retired Braves No. 3 hitter Freddie Freeman on a groundball to end the seventh.

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