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Hoskins, Phils back Nola's start to beat Braves

August 28, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins can't be stopped.He did not extend his home run streak to six games Monday night in a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, but he went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Hoskins, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, ripped a first-pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Rhys Hoskins can't be stopped.
He did not extend his home run streak to six games Monday night in a 6-1 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park, but he went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Hoskins, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, ripped a first-pitch fastball from Braves starter Lucas Sims in the sixth inning to drive in the go-ahead run. The rookie's 25 RBIs are the second most in baseball history through a player's first 19 games. Mandy Brooks had 28 in 1925.
"I didn't even want to give him a high-five," Cameron Rupp joked about Hoskins' homerless game. "Dude, it's not good enough. I mean, what he's been doing the last 10 days, where's that been the last four at-bats?"

Sims, making his sixth career start, threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs -- three of which came in the sixth and seventh innings after the Braves tied the game in the top of the sixth on Brandon Phillips' RBI single. Phillips finished 2-for-4 to give him 1,999 hits in his career.
"It was frustrating, because I felt really good, then the sixth kind of got away," Sims said. "We battled back to even it back up, and to go out and give it up is frustrating."
• Sims finds success through offspeed pitches

The Braves fell to 2-12 against the Phillies this season and 0-8 at Citizens Bank Park. Braves manager Brian Snitker doesn't have the magic words to reverse the skid.
"If I had that message, I'd have probably said it to them two or three months ago," Snitker said. "I don't know, it's just one of them things. We've just got to come out and keep grinding."
Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola allowed 12 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his previous two starts, but he rebounded against the Braves, allowing five hits, one run and struck out six in seven innings.
"I was definitely a lot better down in the zone, [against] lefties and righties," Nola said. "I made a couple of mistakes, but really, I felt better in my delivery tonight."
• Nola turning into Phillies' go-to starter

The Phillies added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning through a bases-loaded walk to Rupp, who hit a solo homer in the seventh, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Nava.

Williams' grab ends threat: Phillips' two-out single tied the game in the sixth at 1. Freddie Freeman followed with a line drive to right, but Nick Williams made a diving catch to end the inning. The ball had a catch probability of 44 percent, making it a four-star catch according to Statcast™. The rookie outfielder ran 38 feet in 3.1 seconds to make his first catch of at least four stars this season.
"That was huge," Nola said. "I've had a hard time getting Freddie out over the past couple years. That was a big catch."
Freeman entered the game hitting .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles and a homer in his career against Nola but was hitless in his three appearances against the right-hander.

Who got a hit?Pedro Florimon led off the third inning with a triple to right-center field. After Rupp grounded out, Nola hit a 2-2 fastball up the middle to score Florimon and give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Nola was 1-for-36 this season entering the at-bat.
"We have a hard time with pitchers for some reason," Snitker said.

"I told him I'm not mad at him. The double was OK. If you're not going to hit a home run, I'll take a double." -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin, on Hoskins' streak of homering in five straight games ending
Ted Williams holds the Major League record for home runs in a season for players who did not appear in their first game until Aug. 1 or later. He hit 13 homers after returning from the Korean War on Aug. 6, 1953. Hoskins, who debuted on Aug. 10, has 11.
Braves:R.A. Dickey gets the nod for Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. ET start against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Last time he started at Citizens Bank Park, on July 30, he allowed one unearned run across seven innings in a Braves loss. He has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts.
Phillies: Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. makes his sixth start of the season Tuesday night against the Braves. He is 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in his first five big league starts and allowed one hit over seven scoreless inning in his previous outing against the Marlins.
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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for based in Philadelphia who covered the Braves on Monday.