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Braves win nightcap 5-1 to sweep Phillies

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm •  Published: June 28, 2014
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In the opener, Ervin Santana (6-5) snapped a four-game winless streak, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 6 2-3 innings. Santana had lost his last three starts with a 5.89 ERA in those outings. But he was strong after the first two innings, retiring nine straight during one stretch and surrendering just three hits after the second inning.

"It was a great effort," Gonzalez said. "We were looking for that kind of outing to be able to save the bullpen."

Said Santana, "In the first inning, a couple pitches were up. After that, I just made a good adjustment and kept the ball down for the most part."

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," 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.

Andrelton Simmons scored on that error and Freeman, who went to third on the play, then scored on Jason Heyward's groundout to first. Fans gave a sarcastic cheer when Howard made the putout.

"You make an error and give teams extra opportunities, and sometimes they'll make you pay for it," 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."

Atlanta then went ahead in the sixth on Upton's two-run double off the wall in left.

Roberto Hernandez (3-7) didn't allow a hit through 3 1-3 innings and ended up giving up just three hits in seven innings with two strikeouts and three walks. Two of the four runs he allowed were unearned.

NOTES: Evan Gattis was out of the lineup for both games on Saturday. The Braves' catcher left due to back spasms after striking out swing in the first inning of Friday's game. Christian Bethancourt was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game. Bethancourt, who arrived at the ballpark an hour and 15 minutes before the game, hit an infield single in the sixth for his first major-league hit. To make room for Bethancourt, the Braves sent right-hander Juan Jaime to Triple-A. ... Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason, in town for the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday and Saturday, was in attendance for the opener on Saturday. ... The teams will conclude their four-game series at 1:35 Sunday afternoon with Atlanta RHP Aaron Harang (6-6, 3.78) facing Philadelphia RHP David Buchanan (4-3, 4.79).