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Braves take both from Phillies in doubleheader

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Posted: June 28, 2014 10:50 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2014 7:48 p.m.
Braves take both from Phillies in doubleheader

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) celebrates with Jason Heyward after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies' in the fourth inning of the first game of a double-header on Saturday in Philadelphia.


    PHILADELPHIA — The Braves took advantage of a little help from their opposition.
    Justin Upton had two hits and three RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves were helped by two straight Ryan Howard errors in a 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
    Tommy La Stella hit a three-run triple and Chris Johnson drove in two runs for the Braves, who have won four of five.
    Atlanta trailed 2-0 before tying it in the fourth on two unearned runs.
    "You make an error and give teams extra opportunities, and sometimes they'll make you pay for it," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We only got two runs out of those errors, but it got us back in the game. You have to take advantage of those. If you give opportunities to good baseball teams, they're going to get you."
    Tony Gwynn Jr. and Ben Revere had a pair of hits for the slumping Phillies, who have lost six of eight. Philadelphia scored three runs or less for the 40th time, dropping to 7-33 in those contests. The Phillies also fell to 18-25 at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, where they entered Saturday batting .229 as a team.
    While the offense didn't shine, it was the defense that really let Philadelphia down this time.
    Howard made two costly errors in the fourth inning, resulting in two unearned runs that allowed the Braves to tie the game at 2. Freddie Freeman's hard-hit grounder went through Howard's legs and the error put runners on second and third.
    "It was a possible double-play ball and we would've been out of the inning," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It changed the whole game."
    The next batter, Upton, hit a medium grounder to first but reached safely when Howard bobbled and then lost control of the ball.
    Simmons scored on that error and Freeman, who went to third on the play, then reached on Jason Heyward's groundout to first. Fans gave a sarcastic cheer when Howard made the putout of Heyward.
    "We have to tighten up on the defensive end," Sandberg said.
    Atlanta then went ahead in the sixth on Upton's two-run double off the wall in left.

Braves 5, Phillies 1, Game 2
    Ryan Doumit homered and Tommy La Stella had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap Saturday.
    La Stella hit a three-run triple in Atlanta's 10-3 win in the opener. Chris Johnson had three hits with an RBI and Justin Upton had two hits and drove in a run for the Braves, who have won five of six.
    Atlanta finished with 13 hits in the nightcap and had a combined 15 runs and 20 hits on the day.
    Cameron Rupp had two hits with a double for the Phillies, who have lost seven of nine.
    David Hale (3-2) allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
    The Phillies called up Sean O'Sullivan (0-1) from Triple-A Lehigh Valley for a spot start and the right-hander lasted 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.

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