PHILADELPHIA — Matt Kemp and Freddie Freeman hit home runs, Julio Teheran was on the right end of a pitcher’s duel with Jake Thompson, and the Atlanta Braves earned a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
The Atlanta win completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have now lost six straight and 10 of their last 12 while the Braves have won 10 of their last 14.
Kemp’s home run led off the second inning. The Atlanta outfielder waited on an 0-1 changeup from Thompson and belted it into the seats for his 28th of the season and an early 1-0 Braves lead.
From there, it was largely about the two young starting pitchers.
Teheran, 25, didn’t allow a hit until Maikel Franco led off the fourth inning with a single.
In improving to 5-9 on the season, Teheran allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked two in six innings of work. He threw 109 pitches.
Thompson, 22, who was coming off the best start of his young career, allowed just the one run in seven innings. He scattered four hits, struck out six and walked four (one intentionally).
Both pitchers needed to work out of trouble late in their outings. The Braves loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh innings, but each time Thompson was able to induce a groundout (a double play in the sixth) to get out of trouble.
The Phillies also loaded the bases in back-to-back innings. In the fifth, Franco’s slow roller to third got Teheran out of trouble. And in the sixth, Teheran was lucky Peter Bourjos’ two-out, bases-loaded line drive to right field was right at Nick Markakis.
Not to be outdone by Kemp’s 28th, Freeman led off the eighth inning with his 29th home run of the year to give the Braves a little breathing room.
The Braves’ bullpen took it from there, throwing three hitless innings. Jim Johnson earned his 15th save, striking out the side in the ninth.
NOTES: The Phillies were swept in back-to-back series for the first time since June 15-20 and had just their fourth ever winless homestand of six or more games. They averaged 1.83 runs per game during the six-game stretch… Since snapping a seven-game losing streak on August 21, Atlanta entered Sunday averaging 6.1 runs per game during a stretch of 9-4 baseball… After posting a 3.85 team ERA over the first two months of the season (10th in the majors), Phillies pitchers had a 5.01 ERA since June 1 entering Sunday, which ranks 28th among the league’s 30 teams… Philadelphia, in the midst of playing 16 consecutive games against NL East opponents, begins a seven-game road trip Monday in Miami… Atlanta continues its six-game trip Monday in Washington.
NOTES: Since snapping a seven-game losing streak on Aug. 21, Atlanta entered Sunday averaging 6.1 runs per contest during a stretch of 9-4 baseball. … After posting a 3.85 team ERA over the first two months of the season (10th in MLB), Phillies pitchers have recorded a 5.01 ERA since June 1 entering Sunday. The latter mark ranks 28th among the league’s 30 teams. … Philadelphia, which is in the midst of playing 16 consecutive games against NL East opponents, begins a seven-game road trip Monday in Miami. … Atlanta continues its six-game trip Monday in Washington.