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Kemp’s HR, Phillips’ 3 Doubles Lead Braves Past Arizona

July 16th, 2017 at 6:27 PM
By Sports Media 101

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) รข?? For the first time in three months, the Atlanta Braves are a .500 team. They know more work must be done to join Arizona in the NL wild-card race.

Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Brandon Phillips doubled three times, leading Atlanta over the reeling Diamondbacks 7-1 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Jaime Garcia threw seven strong innings as the Braves (45-45) reached .500 for the first time since April 17, when they were 6-6. Kemp and Matt Adams hit homers a four-run third inning.

“That’s a good team we swept,” Kemp said. “We’ve just got to keep going. This is a step in the right direction.”

The Diamondbacks lead the NL wild-card standings, but have lost a season-worst five straight, eight of nine and 11 of 14.

“Obviously being swept two of the past three series is a big deal,” catcher Jeff Mathis said. “We’re just not clicking on all cylinders at this moment.”

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said he doesn’t think his players are pressing.

“This is a very resilient …

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