Phils hang on, Braves fall a game back for NL’s top record

Updated: September 28, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Cesar Hernandez tallied four hits and two runs
scored in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves in the
third test of a four-game set.

Trailing 5-1 after eight innings of play, the Braves got within one after
Justin Upton smacked a three-run homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.
Freddie Freeman then singled and was put into scoring position when Evan
Gattis walked, but Chris Johnson grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

With the loss, the Braves are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the
best record in the National League. Atlanta holds the head-to-head tiebreaker
after winning the season series.

Papelbon surrendered four hits and a walk in the final frame.

Jimmy Rollins had two hits and a pair of runs scored for the Phillies, who
snapped a three-game slide.

Ethan Martin allowed a run on four hits and a walk in a three-inning start for
Philadelphia. Luis Garcia (1-1) picked up the win by tossing a scoreless
fourth and fifth.

Mike Minor (13-9) fanned six, but yielded two runs on five hits and three
walks over six frames for Atlanta, which had won four of its last six tilts
coming in.

Cameron Rupp’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the first opened the
scoring before Atlanta answered with a run in the home half on a Freeman
sacrifice fly.

Both teams were held scoreless over the next five innings, before the Phillies
added to their lead with two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.

RBI singles by Domonic Brown and Rollins in the seventh and Chase Utley’s
bases-loaded single in the eighth upped the lead to 5-1.

Game Notes

The Phillies were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position and banged out 13
hits … Atlanta was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position … Upton’s
blast was his 27th of the year.