Brandon Beachy gave up two runs over six innings and Jason Heyward continued to sizzle in the leadoff spot as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on a rainy night at Turner Field. The Braves maintain their 14 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East with the win.
After waiting through a rain delay of nearly two hours, the Braves wasted no time getting on the board. Heyward led off the bottom of the first with a home run and Chris Johnson's sacrifice fly drove in Justin Upton to make it 2-0.
They added three more runs in the second, thanks in part to a two-run single by Johnson, and one in the seventh.
Philadelphia used a two-run home run by Domonic Brown to chase Beachy from the game. Darin Ruf added a solo shot in the ninth for the Phillies.
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel entered the game in the ninth after reliever David Carpenter failed to record an out. Kimbrel recorded his 38th save of the season for the Braves.
The victory came at a cost, as second baseman Tyler Pastornicky collided with Heyward while attempting to make a catch in the third. Pastornicky suffered a sprained left knee and will be evaluated on Thursday.
After tomorrow's off day, Atlanta will host the red hot Nationals, winners of five straight, for a three-game series beginning Friday. Game time is 7:35 PM.
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