Howard homers, but Phillies lose rubber match to Braves 7-5

Photo by Michael Perez

Photo by Michael Perez

 

 

The Phillies (10-19) fell to the Braves (14-14) by the score of 7-5 at Atlanta’s Turner Field on Wednesday night, failing in their attempt to win their first road series of the 2015 campaign.

Philadelphia starting pitcher Jerome Williams (2-2, 5.18 ERA) suffered his worst outing of the season, allowing six earned runs and striking out three before being pulled in the fifth inning.

Atlanta’s rookie starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-0, 5.23 ERA) won for the second time in two major league starts, allowing four earned runs while striking out seven before being leaving during a sixth inning rally that saw Philadelphia plate three runs, highlighted by a solo home run by first baseman Ryan Howard, his fifth of the season and 50th career blast against Atlanta.

The other highlights from the Phillies’ offense came from Ben Revere, who went 4-5 with three doubles and one RBI, raising his batting average to .264 while starting in right field for the second consecutive game.

Philadelphia’s rookie right-handed relief pitcher Elvis Araujo followed up last night’s MLB debut with his second scoreless inning in the 7th. Fellow righty Luis Garcia also pitched a scoreless inning for the Phillies in the 8th.

Phillies left fielder Darin Ruf added an RBI single in the 9th inning, but a strikeout by center fielder Odubel Herrera with two runners on base ended the game.

The Phillies will kick off a 10-game homestand with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the division leading New York Mets on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.14 ERA) takes on Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.41 ERA) in the first matchup of the three game series.

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