Te­heran, Braves snap Phils’ streak

The Republican Herald - - SPORTS - BY GE­ORGE HENRY

AT­LANTA — Julio Te­heran out­pitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of suc­cess at SunTrust Park and the At­lanta Braves snapped the Philadel­phia Phillies’ six-game win­ning streak with a 2-1 vic­tory Mon­day night.

Te­heran (1-1) al­lowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strike­outs in six in­nings. He be­gan the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers al­lowed in 19 starts at the Braves’ sec­ond-year sta­dium, but Te­heran kept the Phillies guess­ing with a tough slider.

Af­ter setup man A.J. Min­ter es­caped a shaky eighth, At­lanta be­came the last team in the ma­jors to record a save as closer Arodys Viz­caino re­tired two of the first three bat­ters he faced and ended it on Car­los Santana’s ground­out.

Nola (1-1) gave up four hits, two runs and two walks in six in­nings. The Phillies’ 24-year-old ace struck out two.

Kurt Suzuki’s sac­ri­fice fly in the fourth in­ning scored Ozzie Al­bies to put the Braves up 2-1. Suzuki hit the ball to shal­low cen­ter field, where Odubel Her­rera pulled up to let strong-armed right fielder Aaron Altherr make the play. Al­bies beat Altherr’s throw with a head­first slide, and the 5-foot-8 sec­ond base­man’s hel­met flew off as he dashed past catcher Jorge Al­faro’s tag at­tempt.

Al­bies went 2-for-3 and is hit­ting .426 in 47 at-bats since be­gin­ning his first full sea­son 2-for-20.

The Phillies were try­ing for their first seven-game win­ning streak since Sept. 5-12, 2012.

Her­rera’s first homer of the sea­son made it 1-0 in the first. At­lanta made it 1-1 in the bot­tom half of the in­ning when En­der In­ci­ate walked, stole sec­ond, ad­vanced to third on Al­bies’ sin­gle and scored on a dou­ble-play grounder by Fred­die Free­man.

Te­heran stranded a run­ner in scor­ing po­si­tion in the third, fourth and sixth in­nings with a strike­out each. He im­proved to 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 ca­reer starts and one re­lief ap­pear­ance against Philadel­phia.

TIMETABLE UN­CLEAR FOR ACUNA

At­lanta seems in no hurry for OF Ron­ald Acuna to make his de­but. Acuna, rated the No. 2 over­all prospect by MLB.com , is hit­ting .152 with no homers and no RBIs in 33 at-bats at Triple-A Gwin­nett. Man­ager Brian Snitker said he likes what the team has got­ten from LF Pre­ston Tucker, who be­gan the night hit­ting .300 with three homers and 12 RBIs, so the 20-year-old Acuna may not get called up dur­ing this seven-game home­s­tand.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Mark Leiter Jr. threw his first bullpen ses­sion since land­ing on the dis­abled list March 29 with a right fore­arm strain . ... RHP Pat Neshek, 10 days af­ter tak­ing a cor­ti­sone shot to help a right shoul­der strain, played catch . ... RHP Tommy Hunter will throw a sim­u­lated game in ex­tended spring train­ing Tues­day and could be ac­ti­vated in a cou­ple of days.

Braves: C Tyler Flow­ers, on the DL since March 30 with a left oblique strain, took a day off from hit­ting, but he did some de­fen­sive work. Snitker said Flow­ers is still a day or two away from tak­ing live bat­ting prac­tice. ... 3B Jo­han Ca­margo, side­lined since March 13 with a right oblique strain, has home­red in three of the last five games with Triple-A Gwin­nett, but he’ll stay there at least through this week with 3B Ryan Fla­herty lead­ing the NL with a .366 bat­ting av­er­age.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0) has a 2.70 ERA in three starts this sea­son. He is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three ca­reer starts against At­lanta.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1) has a 2.93 ERA in three starts this sea­son. He is 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in seven ca­reer starts and one re­lief ap­pear­ance against the Phillies.

Na­tional League Rock­ies 6, Pi­rates 2

PITTS­BURGH — Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, Ger­man Mar­quez pitched six ef­fec­tive in­nings and the Colorado Rock­ies kept their road surge go­ing with a win over the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates.

Na­tion­als 8, Mets 6

NEW YORK — Bryce Harper hit a star­tling, bro­ken-bat homer early, then grounded a key sin­gle dur­ing a six-run surge in the eighth in­ning that sent the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als past the New York Mets.

Reds 10, Brew­ers 4

MIL­WAU­KEE — Billy Hamil­ton drove in three runs and the Cincin­nati Reds ended an eight-game los­ing streak with a win over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

Amer­i­can League Yan­kees 12, Mar­lins 1

NEW YORK — Didi Gre­go­rius home­red twice for the sec­ond time this sea­son, Gary Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yan­kees romped to a vic­tory over Derek Jeter’s Mi­ami Mar­lins.

Aaron Judge be­came the fastest ma­jor lea­guer to hit 60 ca­reer homers, and Gre­go­rius fin­ished with three RBIs.

Rays 8, Rangers 4

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. — Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine Mon­day night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game los­ing streak.

Mi­nor league base­ball mar­tin, suarez lead read­ing over Harrisburg

HARRISBURG —Kyle Mar­tin hit a grand slam in the fifth in­ning, and Ranger Suarez struck out 10 hit­ters over eight in­nings as the Read­ing Fightin Phils beat the Harrisburg Se­na­tors 6-0.

Pi­rates 2b josh Har­ri­son out 6 weeks with bro­ken fin­ger

PITTS­BURGH — The Pitts­burgh Pi­rates placed sec­ond base­man Josh Har­ri­son on the 10-day dis­abled list af­ter he broke the pinky fin­ger on his left hand for a sec­ond time in a year.

The team said Tues­day that Har­ri­son frac­tured the fifth metacarpal in the fin­ger when he was hit with a pitch by Mi­ami’s Jose Urena in the third in­ning of Pitts­burgh’s 7-3 win Sun­day over the Mar­lins. He is ex­pected to miss six weeks.

The two-time All-Star broke the same bone last Septem­ber when he was hit by Cincin­nati’s Tyler Mahle.

Todd Tom­czyk, the Pi­rates’ di­rec­tor of sports medicine, called the in­jury re­cur­rence “very un­com­mon.”

Ells­bury has heel pain in ad­di­tion to in­jured hip

NEW YORK — An­other week, an­other ail­ment for the in­creas­ingly brit­tle Ja­coby Ells­bury.

The 34-year-old New York Yan­kees cen­ter fielder has plan­tar fasci­itis, ex­tend­ing a stay on the dis­abled list that be­gan with an oblique in­jury and was pro­longed when he hurt a hip.

“It’s just try­ing to get him back to a point here he can start in on base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said Mon­day.

Ells­bury got hurt early in spring train­ing and has been on the dis­abled list since the start of the sea­son. He did not play in any ex­hi­bi­tion games from March 1 un­til March 24 be­cause of the oblique in­jury and fin­ished spring train­ing 1-for-14.

While the oblique has healed, Ells­bury re­ceived a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion to a hip on April 10 and New York had hoped he would re­sume base­ball ac­tiv­i­ties last Fri­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The At­lanta Braves’ Ozzie Al­bies scores on a Nick Markakis sac­ri­fice fly as the ball gets away from Philadel­phia Phillies catcher Jorge Al­faro (38) in the fourth in­ning of Mon­day’s game in At­lanta.

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