By The Sports Xchange
ATLANTA — First baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to a major league-best 30 games and the Atlanta Braves drubbed the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 on Wednesday for their ninth win in 10 games.
Freeman singled in the sixth inning and now has the third-longest hitting streak in Atlanta history. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning, extending his streak for reaching base to 46 consecutive games.
Atlanta improved to 10-8 against the Phillies.
There were plenty of offensive stars for the Braves, who had 13 hits. Matt Kemp had a double and a home run. Dansby Swanson had a triple and a double. Daniel Castro matched his career high with three hits and had a career-best three RBIs. Even rookie Rio Riuz got his first major league hit, a triple in the eighth inning.
The beneficiary of the run support was Mike Foltynewicz (9-5), who pitched five innings in making his first start since being hit in the thigh by a line drive on Sept. 12. He retired the first seven batters faced, allowed one run on two hits and struck out five.
The Phillies got one run in two innings off reliever Joel De La Cruz, but John Gant and Chaz Roe each threw one scoreless inning.
Philadelphia starter Adam Morgan (2-11) was roughed up in his five innings. The Atlanta native allowed nine runs on 10 hits and two walks, with four strikeouts.
Philadelphia’s bullpen woes continued. Phil Klein, Frank Hermann and Jeanmar Gomez combined to allow three runs over the final four innings. The Phillies’ relievers have allowed 23 runs over the last three games.
The Braves scored two runs in the second inning on Dansby Swanson’s RBI triple and a run-scoring single from Daniel Castro.
The Phillies got one of the runs back in the third. Aaron Altherr singled, took second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a pair of wild pitches by Foltynewicz.
The Braves answered with three runs in the third to take a 5-1 lead on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Flowers, an RBI double by Swanson and a single from Castro.
The Braves put four runs on the board in the fourth. Ender Inciarte doubled and came around to score on an infield single by Adonis Garcia that Morgan threw over the head of first baseman Ryan Howard and into right field. Garcia scored on a wild pitch. After Freeman walked, Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer, his 34th of the season and 11th since being acquired by Atlanta.
NOTES: Originally reported as a cash transaction, Atlanta received SS Richard Rodriguez from San Francisco for INF Gordon Beckham. Rodriguez, 23, batted .182 in 37 minor league games this season. … Philadelphia C Cameron Rupp (28) and RHP Severino Gonzalez (24) celebrated birthdays on Wednesday. … Atlanta RHP Josh Collmenter (3-0, 4.19) will be opposed by Philadelphia RHP Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 3.78) in the series finale. It will be a career-best 32nd start for Hellickson.