Team meet­ing af­ter lop­sided loss

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Paul New­berry

AT­LANTA >> Pete Mack­anin had to meet with re­porters in the tun­nel out­side the club­house.

The Philadel­phia Phillies man­ager didn’t mind the in­con­ve­nience.

Ryan Howard and A.J. El­lis called a team meet­ing af­ter the Phillies lost for the fourth time in five games, fall­ing 12-2 to the surg­ing At­lanta Braves on Wed­nes­day night.

“It’s nice,” Mack­anin said. “It means some­body cares.”

The Phillies had a to­tal melt­down, fall­ing be­hind 9-1 in the fourth in­ning and manag­ing only four hits. For At­lanta, Fred­die Free­man ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 30 games, Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer and lit­tle-used Daniel Cas­tro chipped in with a ca­reer-best three RBIs.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to try to fin­ish strong,” Howard said. “It’s easy to cash it in with four games left. You’re not play­ing for a play­off spot or any­thing like that. But we want to be able to win and go out on a high note.”

The Phillies couldn’t do much of any­thing with Mike Foltynewicz (9-5), who pitched two-hit ball over five in­nings in his fi­nal start of the sea­son — and his first since leav­ing a Sept. 12 game against Mi­ami af­ter be­ing hit in the left calf with a liner.

Then there was Philadel­phia starter Adam Mor­gan (2-11), who also went five in­nings with a much dif­fer­ent re­sult. He gave up 10 hits and nine runs, the most he’s al­lowed in a dis­mal sea­son.

“He’s got abil­ity,” Mack­anin said, “but num­bers mat­ter.”

The Braves won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, build­ing some mo­men­tum for their move to SunTrust Park next sea­son. Since an 18-46 start, when they had the look of one of the worst teams in base­ball his­tory, they’ve gone 47-46 un­der in­terim man­ager Brian Snitker.

“It was an­other high­en­ergy, get-af­ter-it game,” Snitker said. “I hope we keep adding to that.”

Kemp hit his 34th homer in a four-run fourth that put the game away. Rookie Dansby Swan­son also had two RBIs, while Cas­tro equaled his ca­reer high with three hits. He came into the night hit­ting .189 with just four RBIs.

Free­man ex­tended the long­est streak in the big leagues this sea­son with a sin­gle in the sixth off Phil Klein. Free­man was tied with Bos­ton’s Jackie Bradley, who put to­gether a 29game run in April and May.

Free­man had al­ready ex­tended his on-base streak to 46 con­sec­u­tive games when hit by a pitch in the third, equal­ing the long­est this sea­son in the big leagues. Wash­ing­ton’s Jayson Werth reached base in 46 straight games be­fore his streak was halted Aug. 18.

“You just take it for granted with this guy,” Snitker said of Free­man. “He’s a ma­chine.”

Trainer’s Room

Phillies LF Ro­man Quinn didn’t play af­ter leav­ing Tues­day’s game with a strained left oblique. It’s not known if he’ll get back on the field this sea­son.

“He’s more scared than any­thing that it’s go­ing to re­cur or that he’s go­ing to make it worse,” Mack­anin said. “There’s no sense in him get­ting hurt with four or five games left in the sea­son.”

Up Next

Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hel­lick­son (12-10, 3.78 ERA) goes against the Braves for the fourth time in his ca­reer. He’s 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in his pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ances.

Braves: RHP Josh Coll­menter (3-0, 4.19) looks to re­main un­beaten in his third start for At­lanta.

JOHN AMIS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

At­lanta Braves’ Tyler Flow­ers scores on a line-drive triple to right field by Dansby Swan­son as Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp looks on in the sec­ond innning Wed­nes­day.

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