The Standard Journal
Braves sweep away Phillies to continue NL East reign
The Atlanta Braves got six strong innings from starter Ian Anderson and home runs from Jorge Soler and Austin Riley to beat the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 last Thursday, clinching their fourth consecutive National League East championship.
Anderson (9-5) settled down after escaping from a second-inning jam and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts to win his fourth straight decision. He has not lost since returning from the injured list on Aug. 29 after recovering from shoulder soreness.
In sweeping the threegame series, Atlanta’s three starters combined to allow only four runs, three earned, in 20 innings. The Phillies never had a lead in the series.
Atlanta closer Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two, to earn his 37th save. He fanned Ronald Torreyes to end the game.
The Braves (86-72) have won six straight, 10 of their last 11 and are 42-27 since the All-Star Game. The Phillies (81-78) have dropped four in a row.
Philadelphia lost seven of nine games played in Atlanta, allowing the Braves to take the season series 10-9.
The losing pitcher was Kyle Gibson (10-9), who worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits and two walks. He fanned eight.