The Atlanta Braves entered Tuesday having lost their last seven meetings with the Philadelphia Phillies and Brandon Beachy winless in his career against them. Though Beachy pitched well enough to win, he got a hard luck no decision when the deciding run scored via a Jonny Venters wild pitch in the eighth inning.
Beachy threw seven solid innings and gave up both his runs allowed on a two-run single by Ty Wigginton in the fourth inning. In the eighth, Venters had the job of keeping game tied. John Mayberry doubled with one out, which was followed by a Jimmy Rollins single to put runners at the corners for Placido Polanco.
On a 2-2 count with Rollins running, Venters struck out Polanco with a filthy slider in the dirt. It was so filthy, in fact, that Brian McCann could not manage to keep the ball in front of him, allowing Mayberry to score. A single by Shane Victorino and an RBI-single by Hunter Pence gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead and chased Venters from the game after giving up two runs after allowing none in his first 8 2/3 innings pitched this year.
Phillies hurler Cole Hamels only allowed two Braves singles through three innings until McCann hit his fourth homer of the year in the fourth inning with one out.
Hamels also limited the damage incurred when Atlanta scored only one run when they loaded the bases with one out in the sixth. Freddie Freeman led off with a single, which McCann followed with a walk. After Matt Diaz flared a single down the right field line, Juan Francisco hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
The loss was Atlanta's second straight and third of four after they had won 14 of 17. The loss also wasted Beachy's performance to leave him winless against the Phillies in his seven starts against them.
The Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound opposite Roy Halladay in a 7:10 start in an effort to even the series.
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