ATLANTA – The Phillies continued their dominance over the Braves. Behind a strong effort from starter Jerad Eickhoff and the punch of centerfielder Odubal Herrera, the Phillies took a 3-2 win to sweep the two-game series.
Eickhoff (3-7) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and Herrera went 2 for 4 with a pair of triples to help the Phillies improve to 11-2 against the Braves.
Eickhoff improved to 3-2 against the Braves and his ERA against them now stands at 2.06. Rookie Sean Newcomb (1-7) took the loss for the Braves.
Herrera continued to be a tough out at SunTrust. He's 12 for 24 in Atlanta’s new stadium.
The Phillies used four players out of the bullpen and they retired seven of the eight hitters they faced. Hector Neris pitched the ninth, worked around a one-out walk, and got his 13th save.
Starting pitching report
Eickhoff pitched 6 2/3 strong innings. He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk, with six strikeouts. He has allowed three or fewer runs in his last four starts. It was his longest stint since he went seven innings against the Mets on May 10. He has pitched at least six innings in four of his last five starts.
Adam Morgan struck out Ender Inciarte with the tying runner at second base to end the seventh inning.
Edubray Ramos retired the only man he faced and Hoby Milner retired left-handed hitters Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis.
At the plate
Cesar Hernandez was 1 for 4 with a double and scored a run. He has reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games. However, his streak of reaching base twice in a game ended at 10.
Freddy Galvis was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and scored a run.
In the field
Cameron Rupp threw out Brandon Phillips trying to steal second base to end the first inning. He has thrown out 9 of 34 attempted base thieves.
Nick Williams cleanly fielded a Markakis double in the sixth to begin a series of plays that thwarted an Atlanta threat. Williams relayed the ball to Hernandez, who threw high to Maikel Franco at third. Franco then fired to the plate to catch Freeman in a rundown. Rupp applied the tag to end the inning.
Second baseman Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double in the fifth inning. Herrera extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a triple in the first inning. He has hit in 16 straight games against the Braves.
The Phillies return home on Thursday to begin a four-game series with the Mets. Vince Velasquez (2-6, 4.82) will oppose New York’s Jacob deGrom (12-5, 3.36) in the first game. Other matchups: Nick Pivetta (4-7, 5.89) vs. Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55) on Friday, Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12) vs. Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77) on Saturday, and Zach Eflin (1-3, 5.67) vs. Chris Flexen (1-1, 8.49) on Sunday.