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Atlanta Braves Sweep Philadelphia Phillies for 10th Straight Win

August 5th, 2013 at 8:17 AM
By Cody Fields

The Upton brothers backed a gem thrown by Alex Wood, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-1 win to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. It was their 10th straight win.

Wood gave up a total of two hits and one run over six innings. The only run he gave up came when Carlos Ruiz's homer was reviewed and reversed to a double. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout.

"I felt real comfortable out there. I was excited," Wood said on braves.com. "I didn't want to be the one to lose the streak for us. I just wanted to go out there and compete and keep us in it."

The Braves' offense was effective enough to limit Cliff Lee to five innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Wood had the lead with every pitch he threw, thanks to Chris Johnson's two-run single in the first off Lee. That brought his National League-best average to .346.

"We wanted to take advantage," Johnson said. "You don't get many of those opportunities against a guy like [Lee]. So I was just trying to battle with it. I was trying to make good contact. He had me with two strikes. I was trying to use the whole field and got one through there."

The Braves started a two-run fourth inning when B.J. Upton also had a homer reversed to a double. He was driven in by Jason Heyward's RBI-single, who was in turn brought home by Justin Upton's double.

B.J. Upton said after the game that he's just trying to contribute.

"I'm not trying to do too much," Upton said. "I'll try to chip in when I can. Obviously, you'd like it to be more than it has been. But whether it's defensively, offensively or on the basepaths, anywhere I can help us to win."

The Braves take their 10-game winning streak to DC for a three-game series with the Washington Nationals and a chance to truly put the National League East race to rest.

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Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Chris Johnson, Cliff Lee, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies

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