Braves Sweep Phillies, Streak at 10


Aug 4, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (58) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Wood pitched well for the second straight start, the offense was able to get to Cliff Lee, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Sunday night to sweep the series.

Wood followed up his first major league win against the Colorado Rockies by pitching six innings of two hit ball. He struck out three, allowing just one run.

The offense gave Wood an early lead when Chris Johnson hit a two run, opposite field single in the first inning. The game then saw two home run balls that were reviewed, and called back. The first came in the bottom of the third when Carlos Ruiz hit a ball to left, that hit the top of the wall before ricocheting against the protective glass in front of the shrubs on top of the wall and coming back into play. It was originally ruled a home run, before being over turned. Ruiz would eventually score two batters later on a Michael Young RBI ground out.

In the top of the fourth, B.J.Upton led the inning off with a fly ball to right field that at first appeared to be a home run. Upon review, it was ruled a fan had reached over the wall to grab the ball, and Upton was sent back to second. With two outs in the inning, Jason Heyward would single off the wall in right, scoring Upton. Justin Upton would follow with an RBI double, making the score 4-1.

Luis Ayala relieved Wood and pitched 1 1/3 inning, before being removed for Scott Downs, who recorded the final two outs of the eighth inning. Craig Kimbrel closed out the game in the ninth, picking up his 34th save.

The Braves will now travel to Washington to begin a three game series with the Nationals, who find themselves 12 1/2 games back of Atlanta in the National League East. Mike Minor (11-5, 2.75 ERA) takes on Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.04 ERA) in the series opener.