Teheran, Braves snap Phils’ streak
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.
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.
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.
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.