Darin Ruf hit a solo homer in the eighth inning of the Phillies' 3-2 win over Atlanta on Sunday. (USA Today Images)
Darin Ruf hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon.
The win gave the Phillies just their third series sweep of the 2013 season. The Phils are 7-8 against the Braves this season.
The Phils are 13-10 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.
Starting pitching report
Ruf’s homer allowed Cole Hamels to get the win. The left-hander pitched brilliantly, allowing just two hits and two runs over eight innings. Both runs came on homers by Evan Gattis. Hamels walked two and struck out nine. He is 7-13 with a 3.45 ERA.
Atlanta lefty Paul Maholm held the Phillies to two runs over six innings. He allowed seven hits and walked three, one intentionally.
Jonathan Papelbon got a day off. B.J. Rosenberg pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.
David Carpenter took the loss.
At the plate
The Phils scored two in the first on double by Chase Utley and a single by Ruf. They did not score again until Ruf’s homer in the eighth. Ruf was down 0-2 in the count. He worked his way back and hit a full-count pitch from Carpenter.
Ruf has 13 home runs in 188 at-bats.
Braves slugger Gattis launched a mammoth solo homer against Hamels in the second inning. The ball traveled 484 feet, according to ESPN’s home run tracker, and landed on Ashburn Alley beyond center field. It was the longest home run ever hit at Citizens Bank Park, according to ESPN’s tracker.
Gattis tied the game at 2-2 with his second homer of the day with two outs in the seventh. He hit a first-pitch curveball.
The Phillies are off on Monday. They open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Tuesday night – RH Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57) vs. RH Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.45)
Wednesday night – RH Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.19) vs. LH Eric Stults (8-13, 4.97)
Thursday night – LH Cliff Lee (12-6, 3.01) vs. TBA