Braves Bullpen Rises To The Occasion, Holds Off Phillies Friday Night

By The Sports Xchange

ATLANTA — Braves rookie Tyrell Jenkins limited the Philadelphia Phillies to one unearned run in six innings and earned his first major league victory in a 2-1 Atlanta win Friday at Turner Field.

Jenkins, the organization’s 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, gave up four hits and four walks, one intentional, in his fourth career start. He struck out four. Jenkins (1-2) bounced back from a rocky start against Colorado, which saw him give up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings at Coors Field.

The Braves have won three of their last four and broke a five-game losing streak to the Phillies, who are now 1-51 when trailing after eight.

The Braves sealed the victory by getting scoreless innings of relief from Ian Krol, Mauricio Cabrera and Jim Johnson, who earned his fifth save. Johnson allowed a two-out double to pinch-hitter Ryan Howard and walked Cesar Hernandez, but retired Odubel Herrera on a fielder’s choice to end the game.

The losing pitcher was rookie Vince Velasquez (8-3), who allowed two runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.

The Phillies bullpen kept the game in check. Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris each pitched a scoreless inning.

Velasquez had one of the team’s four hits, singling in the fourth inning. That turned out to be the last hit recorded by the Phillies until Howard’s hit in the ninth inning.

Atlanta right fielder Nick Markakis was 3-for-3 with a walk and two doubles. He drove in what proved to be the winning run with a looping single in the third inning.

The Phillies produced a run in the third. Cesar Hernandez led off the inning with a single and scored when Odubel Herrera singled and left fielder Jace Peterson allowed the ball to get past him.

The Braves took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Gordon Beckham and Nick Markakis each had run-producing singles, driving in Erick Aybar and Peterson.

Both teams had other chances. The Phillies left the bases loaded in the fourth and the Braves stranded runners on the corners in the fourth and had two runners on in the fifth before Adonis Garcia grounded into an inning-ending double play.

NOTES: The Braves optioned struggling RHP Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled RHP Ryan Weber. It is the fourth time that Weber has been with the Braves this season. He is 1-0 with a 9.28 ERA in five relief appearances. … Atlanta will hold Alumni Weekend, with appearances by former players for autographs and a softball game. The 1991 “worst-to-first” team will be honored on Saturday. … The Phillies got homers from their No. 3-4-5 hitters on Thursday, the second time it has happened this month. It had last occurred Aug. 2, 2013. … The pitching matchups for Saturday are Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (3-9, 2.71 ERA) vs. Philadelphia RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.65). It was feared that Teheran might be headed to the disabled list after experiencing back tightness against Colorado on July 22.

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