Inciarte’s big day leads Braves to sweep of Phillies
The outfielder gets eight hits in the doubleheader while Brandon Phillips reaches 2,000 career hits.
PHILADELPHIA — Ender Inciarte kept swinging and the hits kept dropping.
Inciarte had three more hits, David Freitas lined a go-ahead RBI double for his first career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday.
Inciarte was 3 for 5 with one RBI after going 5 for 5 with four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 9-1 victory in the opener.
“I was really aggressive,” Inciarte said. “I was swinging at good pitches and why take a fastball in the middle right there if I was feeling so good, so I ended up getting the base hit and building good momentum for the team.”
Julio Teheran ( 9- 11) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.
The Braves entered the day 0-8 at Citizens Bank Park this season and improved to 4-12 overall against the last-place Phillies.
Freitas put the Braves ahead 2- 1 with his fourth- inning double in his second big-league atbat. He was robbed of a hit his first time up when right fielder Nick Williams made a diving catch on his drive.
Inciarte’s RBI single extended the lead to 3-1.
“He wasn’t overswinging, he Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte connects for a triple in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Phillies. Atlanta pitcher Julio Teheran throws to the plate in Wednesday’s Game 2.
was just putting nice swings on the ball and evidently he’s seeing the ball pretty good, too,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. Chris Szagola / The Associated Press
Philadelphia’s Game 2 starter, Mark Leiter Jr. (2-4), allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Braves starter R.A Dickey ( 9- Chris Szagola / The Associated Press
Braves 9, Phillies 1, Game 1 Braves 5, Phillies 2, Game 2
8) struck out nine over eight innings in Game 1.
In the opener, Inciarte singled his first four times up and hit a two-out triple in the seventh. He walked in the ninth. He has had five hits in a game three times this season.
Braves third baseman Brandon Phillips singled for his 2,000th hit in Game 1 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The 36-year-old Phillips was surprised to see his mother, who made the trip from Georgia, in the stands holding a congratulatory sign and cheering on his milestone.