Home Run Balls Spelled Doom As Phillies Powered Past Braves, 7-5

ATLANTA — Third baseman Maikel Franco set the pace by blasting a three-run homer in the first inning, one of three smashed by the Philadelphia Phillies in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday at Turner Field.

Franco hit his team-leading 19th homer deep into the seats in left, giving him five homers and 15 RBIs in his last 20 road games. First baseman Tommy Joseph and right fielder Aaron Altherr also homered, leaving the Phillies one homer shy of matching their season high.

The win broke Atlanta’s two-game winning streak. Philadelphia improved to 3-4 on its current 10-game road trip and their fifth straight win against the Braves.

Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola (6-9) won for the first time since June 5. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks, with five strikeouts.

After David Hernandez struggled, allowing a run in two-thirds of an inning, the Philadelphia bullpen was solid. Edubray Ramos (1 1/3 innings) and Hector Neris (one inning) did not allow a run in their setup stints.

Closer Jeanmar Gomez made it interesting by allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth inning. He induced Erick Aybar to ground into a double play, but Gordon Beckham drove in a run with a single to right. Gomez struck out Jace Peterson to end the game and earn his 27th save.

Atlanta starter Matt Wisler (4-11) lost his third consecutive start. He pitched five innings and allowed seven runs, six earned, on seven hit — three of them home runs — with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Atlanta bullpen did their part. Matt Marksberry (one inning), Jose Ramirez (one inning), Hunter Cervenka (1 1/3 innings) and Joel De La Cruz (two-thirds) turned in scoreless work.

Altherr, playing his first game of the season for the Phillies, was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

The Phillies scored five times in the first inning against Wisler. Franco hit a long three-run homer to left — his 19th — and Joseph followed with a solo shot to center field, his 14th. It was the fourth time Philadelphia has hit back-to-back homers this season, the first since June 21.

Philadelphia added another run when Altherr, who was activated Thursday, singled and came around to score on second baseman Jace Peterson’s fielding error.

The Braves had the bases loaded in the bottom of the first but failed to score. Center fielder Ender Inciarte was called out on strikes to end the threat.

Philadelphia took a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning when Altherr belted his first homer of the season, a two-run shot that reached the seats in left.

The Braves broke through to score three times in the fifth. Left fielder Chase d’Arnaud tripled when Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera lost a routine fly ball in the twilight sky. First baseman Freddie Freeman followed with an RBI double and scored on a single by third baseman Adonis Garcia. Catcher Anthony Recker drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center field.

NOTES: The Braves added relievers RHP Jose Ramirez and LHP Matt Marksberry to the roster to take the place of the RHP Lucas Harrell and LHP Dario Alvarez, who were traded to Texas on Wednesday. It will be third appearance on the roster this year for Marksberry and the second for Ramirez. … The Phillies placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 27 with a right shoulder AC joint sprain. They activated OF Aaron Altherr, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list after breaking his left wrist in spring training. … The pitching matchups for the second contest of the four-game series Friday features Philadelphia RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.34 ERA) versus Atlanta RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17).


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