The Atlanta Braves opened a six-game road trip on Tuesday night with a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first match of a three-game National League East set at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Atlanta took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back home runs by Travis d’Arnaud and Matt Olson off of Zack Wheeler during the top of the first inning.
Philly got on the board with an RBI single by JT Realmuto in the bottom of that inning. Travis d’Arnaud had an RBI single to make it 3-1 in favor of the Braves in the top of the third. But the Phillies tied the game on a ground out by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the sixth and a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber in the seventh. Matt Olson had another solo shot in the top of the eighth to put the Braves ahead by 4-3.
Adam Duvall added insurance with an RBI double during the top of the ninth inning.
Colin McHugh was credited with the win in relief for Atlanta. AJ Minter got the save. Andrew Bellatti was charged with the loss for Philadelphia.
The Braves improved to 43-32 on the ’22 season and are still in second place of the NL East, now four games behind the division-leading New York Mets (who lost to Houston on Tuesday evening). The Phillies remain in third place at 39-36, eight games back. The division showdown between the Braves and the Phillies will continue tonight in Philadelphia. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Listen on WLAQ 1410 AM or 96.9 FM; air time is 5:50 pm.
And in a minor league update, the Rome Braves opened up a six-game series in Greenville, SC with a 2-1 victory over the Drive on Tuesday night. Those teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 pm.