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Harang hammered as Braves fall to Phillies 10-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm •  Published: June 18, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Fredi Gonzalez felt good about the Braves' chances for a big day at the plate after he unveiled a new-look lineup.

As it turned out, Atlanta's bats were not the problem.

Aaron Harang gave up 13 of Philadelphia's season-high 18 hits as Atlanta pitchers were battered in a 10-5 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

The Phillies' three-game sweep knocked the Braves out of first place in the NL East, just in time for a visit to first-place Washington.

"We're going to go into D.C. with a little bit of a chip on our shoulders," said Ryan Doumit, who had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs in a rare start in left field.

"This wasn't a good series," Doumit said. "It left a bad taste in our mouths, but we're going to go take it out on the Nationals."

Atlanta has lost eight of 12.

Rookie Tommy La Stella was 0 for 4 with a walk in his first game hitting leadoff. Jason Heyward, who had hit leadoff in all but two games this season, moved to the No. 5 spot in a switch Gonzalez said may be more than a one-game experiment.

Gonzalez gave days off to outfielders B.J. Upton and Justin Upton and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Justin Upton left Tuesday night's game with dizziness.

Gonzalez said before the game that giving starters a break "usually turns out pretty good."

Doumit took advantage of his opportunity and fill-in shortstop Ramiro Pena had one hit.

Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in Atlanta's four-run first inning off Roberto Hernandez (3-5).

"I thought we swung the bats well," Gonzalez said. "We were knocking on the door there almost the entire game trying to get back in it, which is a good sign."

Harang (5-6) allowed nine runs, eight earned, in five innings.

"Definitely didn't feel as sharp as I have been in the past," Harang said. "All it would have taken was one pitch here and there. ... There were some balls hit that were just finding spots to drop in.

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