The Atlanta Braves fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night in the middle outing of a three-game set at SunTrust Park. It marked the third straight loss for the Braves, their longest losing streak since July.
Atlanta jumped on the board first on a fielder’s choice by Brian McCann that drove Nick Markakis to home plate in the bottom of the second inning. Then Philadelphia struck back when Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer off of Julio Teheran to make it 2-1 in favor of the Phillies in the top of the fourth.
Cesar Hernandez added a solo shot in the sixth, while JT Realmuto scored the Phillies’ fourth run of the night on a walk by Jean Segura off Luke Jackson in that inning.
Teheran took the loss for Atlanta after giving up four runs (only three of them earned) and three hits, walking two and striking out six in five innings. Zach Eflin picked up the win, and Hector Neris got the save for Philadelphia.
Atlanta’s lead in the National League East remains at nine games ahead of the Washington Nationals. The Braves’ magic number to clinch the division now stands at two with only nine games left in the regular season. They will wrap up their series against the Phillies this afternoon at 12:10 pm. That game will not be broadcast on WLAQ 1410 AM and 96.9 FM as we air Rush Limbaugh at that time. Tune into WLAQ for coverage by the Braves Radio Network on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon of games two and three in a weekend set for the Braves versus the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park.