Wisler, Freeman's 2 HRs lift Braves in Philly

May 21st, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis extended an unexpected power surge as they combined to record three home runs that backed Matt Wisler's strong start and helped the Braves claim Friday night's 7-1 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Freeman drilled a two-run shot off Aaron Nola in the third inning and added another in the ninth inning against Brett Oberholtzer to complete the seventh multi-homer game of his career and his first multi-RBI game of the season. Markakis also hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning, during which Nola was dinged for three unearned runs. The Braves have hit nine home runs over their past five games, equalling what they had totaled over the 36 games played before Monday.

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"That's good to see, Freddie getting hot, and Nick swung the bat really well tonight," Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. "Matt Wisler was really good. He had a little trouble at the beginning of the ballgame, but he settled in. It's fun watching him. He did a really good job." 

The Braves have hit nine home runs over their past five games, equaling what they had totaled over the 36 games played before Monday. On the flip side, Nola had not allowed a homer since April 16, and Freeman's home run in the third inning was the first Nola gave up in 36 innings. 

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Wisler recovered from the command issues he experienced during the first inning and matched a season-high seven strikeouts while limiting the Phillies to one run over 6 2/3 innings. The Braves have now won three games during each of their past two road trips. They have gone 2-17 at home.


Souvenir providers: Each of the six homers Freeman had hit before Friday were solo shots. Markakis joined his team's power barrage when he went the other way with a two-out, two-run homer that followed Gordon Beckham's RBI single in the seventh inning. Markakis became the fourth Braves player to hit his first home run of the season this week.

"When you look in the room, there might not be a bunch of 20-25-home run hitters, but there's guys in there capable of doing what we did tonight, and that's good," Snitker said. "I told them the other day, if you keep grinding, things will start falling our way, too. You just got to handle that adversity." More >

Trouble at the corner: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco made two errors, doubling his season total. Franco was charged with his first on the first play of the game as Braves leadoff man Ender Inciarte hit a shot down the third-base line. Franco made another gaffe in the seventh inning, allowing Mallex Smith to reach on a two-base error as his throw sailed into the stands. Smith came around to score to put Atlanta ahead, 3-1. Franco was almost charged with a third error in the eighth inning after he bobbled an Erick Aybar grounder, but Aybar was called out at first after a replay review.

"It was a tough moment, I want to make every play," Franco said. "Today just happened, it's part of the game. I'm going to try to forget it."

Quick recovery: After surrendering Ryan Howard's RBI groundout during a 21-pitch first inning, Wisler made some mechanical adjustments that helped him retire eight of the next nine batters he faced and pitch around a pair of singles in the fourth inning. The right-hander then retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced, exiting before the start of the eighth inning for the first time in four starts. He has posted a 1.80 ERA over these four starts.

"He's been pitching great all season long, especially these past few starts where he's been on top of his game," Freeman said. "It's been going well for him, so hopefully it keeps going well."

Rupp has two-hit night:Cameron Rupp provided two of the Phillies' six hits, going 2-for-4 with a double. It was Rupp's first multi-hit game since April 19 (14 games), but the catcher was stranded on second base in both the fourth and sixth innings.

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"That's the highest I've seen a 39-year-old jump before." -- Freeman, on the celebratory hop A.J. Pierzynski completed after catching Andres Blanco's popup to end the game. The veteran catcher has had trouble catching popups throughout this season.


The Braves won their first challenge of the season when a replay review awarded Smith an infield single in the third inning. Atlanta had been unsuccessful with each of its 10 previous challenges.

The Phillies won a challenge when a replay review overturned first-base umpire Gerry Davis' ruling that Aybar safely reached on what would have been Franco's third error of the night.

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Braves:Williams Perez will attempt to recreate his recent success against Philadelphia when this three-game series resumes on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. ET. Perez limited the Phillies to two hits over eight innings on May 11.

Phillies: Philadelphia will look to even the series behind Adam Morgan. The left-hander's lone win of the season came against the Braves on May 10, when he allowed one run in seven strong innings.

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