PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The red-hot Atlanta Braves found a different way to continue their winning streak: good, old-fashioned hustle.
Dan Uggla had a tiebreaking RBI grounder in the 12th, the Atlanta bullpen pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings and the Braves beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Saturday night for their ninth straight win.
Atlanta took a 4-3 lead with a three-run fifth highlighted by first baseman Freddie Freeman’s two-run single, and it appeared Braves starter Brandon Beachy may pick up his first win on the hill in over a year. But Jimmy Rollins tied it with a two-out double in the seventh off reliever Luis Ayala that scored Mayberry
That hit closed the book on Beachy, a Northwestern High School product who gave up three earned runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings in his second start this season following Tommy John surgery.
Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts last season before having surgery June 21, 2012. He struggled in his return to the big leagues, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Monday against Colorado. Beachy, who struck out four and walked two Saturday, lowered his ERA to 9.00.
“It was a step in the right direction for me, that’s for sure,” Beachy said. “I settled in after the first inning and made some quality pitches.”
Luis Avilan (4-0), one of seven Atlanta pitchers, threw a scoreless 11th inning to earn the win and Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 33rd save in 36 chances as the Braves won for the 11th time in 13 games.
“Beachy pitched great, and our bullpen shut them down like they always do,” Freeman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman (0-2) pitched a perfect 11th but ran into trouble in the 12th. Justin Upton walked leading off and went to second on Freddie Freeman’s groundout. After an intentional walk to Evan Gattis, Diekman walked Paul Janish, a career .215 hitter, on four pitches to load the bases.