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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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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pair of victories made a long day for the Braves pretty enjoyable.

Ryan Doumit homered and Tommy La Stella had two doubles and drove in two 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.

"It's a long day, definitely a long day and it's not something you look forward to, playing two in one day," Johnson said. "But to come out with two wins, you can't complain at all."

Cameron Rupp had two hits with a double for the slumping Phillies, who have lost seven of nine. Philadelphia totaled four runs in the two games and now have scored three runs or less 41 times, dropping to 7-34 in those contests. The Phillies also fell to 18-26 at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, where they entered Saturday batting .229 as a team.

"We had tough going on the offensive side and couldn't get anything going," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's disappointing. We came in with some momentum, but the last three games it was lack of offense and not many good plays on defense. We have to do things differently, we have to score more runs and put the pitching and defense together."

Atlanta right-hander David Hale (3-2) made his first start since being moved to the bullpen on April 30 and allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Anthony Varvaro, Jordan Walden and Gus Schlosser combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief. The four pitchers limited Philadelphia to six hits.

"David Hale gave us everything he had," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He gave us what we wanted and gave us an opportunity."

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 with three strikeouts. O'Sullivan, who has had stints with the Angels, Royals and Padres, made his 38th big league career start.

"I would've liked to have gone deeper in the game, but I thought I came right after them," O'Sullivan said. "I tried to eat as many innings as I could."

Upton's RBI single in the first staked Atlanta to a 1-0 lead. The Phillies tied it in the third on Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly before the Braves used a three-run sixth to take the lead for good.

O'Sullivan retired the first two batters before three straight singles, the last, a run-scoring base hit to right field by Johnson, ended his night. Left-hander Mario Hollands relieved O'Sullivan and surrendered a two-run double to La Stella that gave the Braves a three-run lead.

The Phillies got a chance in the sixth when a leadoff single by Marlon Byrd and an error by second baseman La Stella on Ryan Howard's grounder put runners on first and second with no outs against Varvaro. However, unlike in the opener when two straight Howard errors in the fourth inning led to a pair of pivotal, game-tying runs, Philadelphia couldn't take advantage of Atlanta's miscue. John Mayberry Jr. popped out and Cody Asche and Cesar Hernandez flew out to left.

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