The Phillies scored a pair of runs in the first inning and never looked back in Sunday’s 7-3 victory to take two of three from the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Domonic Brown tripled in a run and scored in the first and added a solo homer in the fifth.
The victory improves the Phillies’ record to 43-46 and moves them to 7 1/2 games back of the Braves in the race for the NL East.
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone earned his fifth win of the season by allowing a run on five hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Pettibone struck out six, got seven ground-ball outs and threw 13 first-pitch strikes to 22 hitters.
At 5-3 with a 3.84 ERA, Pettibone has pitched at least five innings in each of his 15 big-league starts.
Kris Medlen (6-8) took the loss for the Braves. He allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks. Medlen struck out five and threw 22 first-pitch strikes to 27 hitters.
Lefty Jake Diekman and right-hander Justin De Fratus each retired one batter in the sixth inning. J.C. Ramirez got two outs, but allowed a pair of runs on four hits in the seventh, including a solo homer from Chris Johnson.
Antonio Bastardo came on with two outs in the seventh and got a strikeout to end the inning. The lefty stayed in to complete the eighth, allowing a hit and a walk while picking up two more strikeouts.
Jonathan Papelbon finished up in a non-save situation, facing four batters in his 500th big-league appearance.
At the plate
The Phillies scored six runs with two outs and went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Brown’s first-inning triple was his fourth of the season and his solo homer was his 23rd. His 62 RBIs this season are fifth most in the National League.
Meanwhile, Carlos Ruiz picked up a pair of hits and new arrival Darin Ruf doubled and walked in three plate appearances. Ben Revere went 1 for 5 with a two-run triple in the fourth inning.
The Braves pounded out 10 hits, including three from Phillie-killer Brian McCann.
Catcher Erik Kratz will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with Triple Lehigh Valley. Kratz has been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. He had surgery to repair the knee a short time later.
The Phillies continue their 10-game homestand on Monday night when the Washington Nationals come to town for four games. The pitching matchups for the series:
Monday: John Lannan (1-3, 5.15) vs. Dan Haren (4-9, 6.15)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-11, 4.38) vs. Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (10-2, 2.73) vs. Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.14)
Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57)