ATLANTA — — William Contreras hopes Ronald Acuña Jr. is beginning to hit his stride, even when it is mid-September after being slowed by knee soreness a lot of the 12 months.
“We’re speaking about the perfect participant within the league and thank God he is on our workforce,” Contreras mentioned through a translator. “He brings the power to us.”
Acuña hit a go-forward, two-run homer in a six-run eighth inning off Seranthony Domínguez and the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 7-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night time.
The reverse-discipline shot erased a 2-1 deficit and touched off a wild celebration at bought-out Truist Park, serving to the Braves keep a recreation behind the primary-place New York Mets within the NL East.
Contreras related off Phillies starter Ranger Suárez to make it 1-all within the fourth and added an RBI single off Domínguez to make it 4-2. Contreras went 3 for 4.
Domínguez walked pinch-hitter Eddie Rosario to start the eighth and Acuña attacked on the primary pitch he noticed, sending a 98 mph sinker 383 toes into the seats in proper-middle for his twelfth homer. Austin Riley doubled, superior on a stroll and scored on Contreras’ hit up the center. Michael Harris II added an RBI single and Ozzie Albies a two-run bloop double to make it 7-2.
Acuña performed proper discipline as a substitute of serving as designated hitter Friday, liberating supervisor Brian Snitker to make use of Contreras, an All-Star like his teammate, as DH. Acuña’s surgically repaired proper knee has given him suits by a lot of the season as he is returned from lacking the second half of final 12 months.
“Ronald is a teammate of mine and clearly need the perfect for him and it was an excellent alternative for him to get the DH (at-bats),” Contreras mentioned. “We wish to maintain him. In that sense it hurts my taking part in time a bit bit, however I’m glad we have been ready to do this to maintain Ronald’s knee.”
Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-main and profession-excessive thirty ninth homer and Jean Segura additionally went deep to again Phillies starter Ranger Suárez.
Schwarber made it 1-0 to start the fourth when he received the primary hit off Max Fried at Truist Park for the reason that fifth inning of an Aug. 30 loss to Colorado, a span of 9 innings. The ball sailed 410 toes into the Braves’ bullpen and left his bat at 110 mph.
Suárez held the Braves to 1 run on two hits in six innings after going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in his three earlier begins in opposition to Atlanta this 12 months. The lefty walked three and struck out 4, decreasing his street ERA to 1.63 in 9 begins since June 7.
The Phillies began the day 2 1/2 video games up on San Diego for the second wild card. Defending World Series champion Atlanta had misplaced 4 of 5 however had a 66-28 file since June 1, greatest within the majors over that span.
After Contreras tied it at 1 together with his 18th homer — a 439-foot shot that got here off his bat at 112 mph and landed within the seats in left-middle — Segura responded together with his tenth homer to make it 2-1 within the fifth.
Jesse Chavez (4-1) earned the win after getting the ultimate out of the eighth. Domínguez (6-5) allowed three hits and 5 runs in two-thirds of an inning.
“Any time you lose a recreation like that, it is robust,” Phillies interim supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned. “But these guys know what’s forward of them and they’ll bounce again similar to they’ve all 12 months.”
Fried threw a season-excessive 110 pitches, permitting two runs and 4 hits with three walks and 4 strikeouts in six innings. The All-Star lefty’s most up-to-date begin at Truist Park, a 7-1 win over Miami on Sept. 4, ended with 5 innings of hitless ball in a rain-shortened outing.
“I felt like I may’ve been a bit bit higher,” Fried mentioned. “Keeping us within the recreation was positively the place I used to be at. That eighth inning was enormous. Put collectively nice at-bats and actually put us over the sting .”
The groups started the night time having break up 12 video games in opposition to one another this season, however the Braves have received 9 of their final 12 in opposition to Philadelphia at Truist Park, outscoring the Phillies 63-40.
Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler, on the injured record with forearm tendinitis, confronted hitters earlier than the sport and was hitting 96-98 mph on the radar gun, Thomson mentioned. Provided he has no setbacks, Wheeler will begin Wednesday in opposition to Toronto and will likely be on a pitch depend. … INF Edmundo Sosa was positioned on the ten-day IL with a proper hamstring pressure. Yairo Muñoz was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … 1B Rhys Hoskins tried to swing however continues to be sore after getting hit on the hand by a pitch Wednesday in opposition to Miami and was held out of the lineup. … RF Nick Castellanos (proper indirect pressure) will begin swinging within the subsequent couple of days. He’s been taking part in catch and throwing to bases and doing a little outfield fundamentals, however nonetheless has stiffness. There is not any timetable for his return.
Braves: Albies returned from the injured record after the 2-time All-Star missed 81 video games with a damaged left foot. He went 1 for 4. … RHP Kirby Yates (proper elbow irritation) was positioned on the injured record. William Woods was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
He has 31 homers within the leadoff spot to snap a tie with Jimmy Rollins in 2007 for essentially the most in a single season in franchise historical past.
Phillies RF Daulton Guthrie raced 124 toes into foul territory to make a sliding catch close to the wall for the second out of the fifth.
There have been some empty seats, however the Braves nonetheless introduced a crowd of 42,578, the thirty sixth sellout of the season.
Phillies Aaron Nola (9-11, 3.31 ERA) will face RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 4.15) because the groups play the second recreation of a 3-recreation collection.