Braves: Max Fried answers the call in win over Phillies

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It would’ve been tough to top what Charlie Morton did in Game 1 back on Tuesday, but Max Fried did his best as the Braves beat the Phillies 7-2 last night, cutting its magic number to just one. The 27-year-old Fried lasted at least seven innings for the third consecutive start as he kept the opposition guessing with a relatively efficient 98-pitch outing. 

Atlanta got started quickly on Wednesday when both Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman singled to begin the game. Two batters later, Austin Riley put the Braves up by one when he slapped a base-hit to right.

 

Next up, Adam Duvall kept the momentum going when he again put the ball in play. A grounder from Duvall pushed Freeman home, and just like that, the Braves were up by two against Aaron Nola. 

The Phillies answered, though, in the second. Following back-to-back strikeouts for Fried to lead off the frame, Philadelphia ripped off three consecutive singles, with the latter resulting in an RBI base hit by Ronald Torreyes to make it 2-1.

The Braves started quickly again in the third. Ozzie Albies led off with a single, and three batters later, Eddie Rosario came through with a big RBI double to extend the lead back to two.

 

That was all Fried needed to settle in on the mound. Through the fourth and fifth, the Braves starter went six up and six down. However, the Phillies made it interesting in the sixth. Following a lead-off double by Odubel Herrera, a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud allowed the Philadelphia center fielder to advance to third. Jean Segura then proceeded to ground out, pushing Herrera across home and putting the Phillies within one again. 

But Atlanta’s offense did what it needed to do on Wednesday, which was get Nola out of the game. Reliever Jose Alvarado entered for the seventh, and the Braves put up a four spot to push away for good. 

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Both Braves relievers, Tyler Matzek and Richard Rodriguez, worked clean eighth and ninth innings, combining to allow just one hit. The bullpen once again did its job in a big win. 

Last night’s victory pushes the Braves on the cusp of clinching its fourth-straight division title. Atlanta now owns a 4.5 game lead in the NL East with just four games to go. Another win on Thursday, and the Braves are champs. Let’s go!

 

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