Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Braves 4

Instant Replay: Phillies 5, Braves 4

September 28, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Cesar Hernandez went 4 for 5 and scored two runs in the Phillies' 5-4 win over the Braves on Saturday night. (AP)

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA -- The Phillies survived a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and hung on for a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on Saturday night.

Jonathan Papelbon entered the game with a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth. He allowed a pair of hits before Justin Upton made it a one-run game with a three-run homer.

Papelbon allowed a fourth hit in the inning and a walk before getting Chris Johnson to ground out with two men on base to end the game. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a sensational diving play in the hole and fired a one-hop strike to first to get Johnson. It was a highlight-reel play.

Rookie Cesar Hernandez had four hits and scored two runs for the Phillies. Rollins added a pair of hits, scored two runs and made the play of the game.

The five runs were two more than the Phillies scored in the previous three games.

The Phils have won just two of their last 10 games.

The win was just the Phils’ seventh in their last 30 road games.

Starting pitching report
Ethan Martin made his first start in nearly a month as the Phils scrambled to fill the rotation spot vacated by Roy Halladay.

Martin, working on a pitch count, went three innings, allowed four hits and a run. He left with a 2-1 lead.

Atlanta lefty Mike Minor held the Phillies to two runs over six innings.

Bullpen report
Luis Garcia, Mike Stutes, Jake Diekman and B.J. Rosenberg all provided scoreless relief before Papelbon's hideous ninth.

At the plate
Hernandez and Rollins opened the game with singles. They both scored on a two-out single by Cameron Rupp. The RBIs were Rupp’s first in the majors. Rupp also doubled.

Hernandez and Rollins both singled and scored in the seventh as the Phils opened a 4-1 lead. One of the runs scored on an error, the other on a single by Domonic Brown.

The Phils went up 5-1 on a single by Chase Utley in the eighth.

The Phils have gone homerless in 10 straight games.

In the field
Cody Asche started a 5-U-3 double play to help Rosenberg get out of trouble in the eighth.

Health check
Carlos Ruiz is nursing a bone bruise on his left hand. He did not play Saturday night and might miss Sunday’s game, as well. Ruiz will be a free agent this winter. He hopes to re-sign with the Phils (see story).

Up next
Zach Miner (0-1, 3.08) will start the Phillies’ final game of the season Sunday afternoon against Braves’ right-hander Julio Teheran (13-8, 3.09).

The Braves, winners of the NL East, will continue on in the postseason.