CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies batted around in the bottom of the seventh, scoring six runs in the process, for a 7-4 comeback win against the split-squad Braves at Spectrum Field on Saturday.Maikel Franco's first-inning RBI single gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead, but they trailed, 4-1, before their seventh-inning
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies batted around in the bottom of the seventh, scoring six runs in the process, for a 7-4 comeback win against the split-squad Braves at Spectrum Field on Saturday.
Maikel Franco's first-inning RBI single gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead, but they trailed, 4-1, before their seventh-inning outburst.
All the scoring started after there were two outs and nobody on. After Chris Coghlan doubled to tie the score and knock reliever Michael Mader out of the game, David Hale came in and walked Hector Gomez. Andrew Knapp doubled to put the Phillies ahead, and Dylan Cozens singled to drive in the final two runs of the inning.
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The Braves scored three runs, two earned, to take an early lead against Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff in the second inning.
Christian Walker opened the rally with a leadoff homer to left-center off Eickhoff, who led the Phils rotation in starts (33) and earned run average (3.65) last season. Balbino Fuenmayor followed with a double to the gap in right-center.
Emilio Bonifacio sacrificed Fuenmayor to third. Eickhoff struck out Micah Johnson and was one out away from limiting the damage. But David Freitas doubled to drive in Fuenmayor and then scored himself after Eickhoff overthrew first after fielding Travis Demeritte's comebacker.
Eickhoff retired the side in order in the first and third.
"I think it just came down to that I executed in the first inning, didn't in the second and then executed again in the third," he said. "So I've just got to maintain that focus and maintain that rhythm throughout."
Braves third baseman Rio Ruiz hit his first Grapefruit League homer of the year off Drew Anderson with one out in the sixth.
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Braves starter Aaron Blair was knocked out of the game when the Phillies' first batter, Cesar Hernandez, reached on a sharp one-hopper back to the mound that caromed off his non-pitching left hand. Blair is listed as day to day.
Josh Collmenter came on for Blair and tossed three innings, allowing three hits, no runs and striking out one. Collmenter has not allowed an earned run in five innings this spring.
Braves Up Next:Mike Foltynewicz will attempt to further secure the last available rotation spot when Atlanta travels to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET live on MLB.TV. Backup catcher Kurt Suzuki will be behind the plate, but the Braves' position players will primarily be Minor Leaguers. Ronald Acuna and Austin Riley are among the top prospects who will make the trip.
Phillies Up Next:Clay Buchholz, acquired from the Red Sox over the offseason to add more veteran presence to the rotation, will make his second Phillies start against the Tigers at Spectrum Field. Meanwhile, a split squad will travel to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota to take on the Orioles with Nick Pivetta on the mound. Both games start at 1:05 p.m. and can be seen live on MLB.TV.
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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com.