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Galvis' walk-off seals Phils' 4th straight win

July 30, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- The game began with Freddy Galvis making a backhanded stab in the hole and cutting down a runner at home. It ended with Galvis on first base, mobbed by his teammates after his walk-off single, giving the Phillies a 2-1 win over the Braves on Sunday at Citizens

PHILADELPHIA -- The game began with Freddy Galvis making a backhanded stab in the hole and cutting down a runner at home. It ended with Galvis on first base, mobbed by his teammates after his walk-off single, giving the Phillies a 2-1 win over the Braves on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
It was the Phils' second straight walk-off win and fourth straight overall. They have also won nine of their last 13 games.
Galvis' first-inning play had people talking more than his walk-off hit. It reminded some of Chase Utley's deke-and-throw in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series.
"Yeah, I saw that," Galvis said. "I just try to keep my mind on the game and try to -- I always say to try to pick something from other players. And Chase was always ahead of everything. So I try to get ahead of every play. It was a good play, too."

Both starters, Philadelphia's Vince Velasquez and Atlanta's R.A. Dickey, tied season highs by throwing seven innings. Velasquez reached seven for the second time, but allowed six runs to the Nationals the last time he finished seven. He did not allow a run this time. It was Dickey's eighth time finishing seven this season, and his second doing so without allowing a run.
"He's learning," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's maturing. It's all a mindset you have on the mound. Not letting little things get to you. Realizing that you have to execute pitches. Pitch around mistakes. If you give up a couple of hits, knowing how to get out of the situation. Knowing which pitches to throw. I remember when [Roy] Halladay was here, he gave up a lot of hits during the game. But he always limited the damage. That is one of the things Vinny is starting to understand."
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Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki struggled catching Dickey at times, with the pair combining for four wild pitches and two passed balls, the most crucial of which coming with two outs in the fourth, allowing Odubel Herrera to score and give the Phillies an early lead. Herrera nearly scored again in the sixth on an identical play, but Dickey tagged him out after getting the throw from Suzuki.
"[Suzuki] did a good job back there with a really good knuckleball," Dickey said. "There were a couple that nobody was going to catch. They break too violently for anyone to catch them. But outside of those couple, he did a great job."

After a shaky outing on Saturday and a pair of baserunners allowed in Sunday's eighth inning -- the first time he appeared before the ninth all season -- Jim Johnson is no longer the only pitcher Braves manager Brian Snitker will turn to in save situations.
"Mix and match a little bit," Snitker said of who he'll tap as closer. If it had gotten to that point Sunday, Arodys Vizcaino would have closed.
Galvis' glove: The first of a bevy of Galvis web gems Sunday came to save a run and got Velasquez out of the first inning. On a ground ball deep in the hole between shortstop and third base, Braves leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte was initially sent from second by third-base coach Ron Washington. But Galvis, ranging deep to his right, gloved the ball and, realizing Inciarte was rounding third and there was no play at first, tossed the ball home to cut down Inciarte. The play ended a 21-pitch first inning, after which Velasquez got in a groove.
"The way I saw 'Wash' he was kind of sending me to home, and it's a tough situation right there to see if he's going to hold me or send me," Inciarte said. "[Galvis] kind of picked the ball late, and I had nothing else to do. I talked to [Washington] and he said in that situation, that's the only thing you can do, you can't guess."
Vinny Velo: With one out in the top of the seventh, Braves runners on second and third, and the Phillies holding a slim 1-0 lead, Velasquez reared back and hummed his hottest fastball of the afternoon -- 96 mph -- through the waving bat of Johan Camargo. He then got Sean Rodriguez to chase a high slider to end the inning.
"My slider was working well," Velasquez said. "I forced ground balls and really protected my fastball. Today's outcome was awesome. I loved it. Seven innings, you can't go wrong with that."

"It's a little frustrating, especially [when] you come to this series here and you think you're going to win every game, and we've already lost three of four." -- Inciarte, on the Braves' lackluster series thus far in Philadelphia
"What can I say about Odubel? He hustled. He moved on a ball in the dirt. He moved to third base on that ground ball to the left side. Then he scored on the wild pitch. He shows a lot of aggressiveness on the bases. He's been playing with a lot of energy." -- Mackanin, on Herrera scoring the Phillies' first run with heads-up baserunning in the fourth

The walk-off hit was the fourth of Galvis' career. His last came April 17, 2016, against then-Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Phillies right-hander Luis Garcia had his 21 2/3 scoreless-innings streak snapped in the eighth inning. It was the longest streak by a Phillies reliever in a single season since Larry Andersen's club-record 32 2/3-inning scoreless streak in 1984.
Braves: Atlanta will send right-hander Mike Foltynewicz to the mound for Monday's 12:35 p.m. ET series finale at Citizens Bank Park. Foltynewicz has allowed just one run in 14 innings in two starts against the Phillies this season.
Phillies: Philadelphia sends Nick Pivetta to the mound to face the Braves for the series finale at 12:35 p.m. The rookie has a 5.73 ERA in 14 starts this season and got his first Major League win earlier this season against the Braves.
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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for based in Philadelphia and covered the Braves on Sunday.