Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Christian Bethancourt drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score in the fifth, as the Atlanta Braves avoided a three-game sweep via a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday at Turner Field.
Bethancourt finished with three hits and scored two runs and Justin Upton added two RBIs as the Braves (73-67) moved one game back in the National League Wild Card race.
Starter Ervin Santana (14-7) went six innings, allowing four runs and seven hits to win for the fourth time in six starts. He struck out four and walked one, allowing a home run in an outing for only the third time in his last 10 starts.
Santana raised his record to 3-1 this season against the Phillies despite pitching with runners on base virtually the entire game. He had only one perfect inning, but made big pitches in the stretch.
Mario Hollands (2-2) took the loss for the Phillies, who slipped to 64-75. Starter Davis Buchanan lasted just four innings, giving up four runs – one earned — on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Bethancourt played a central role in the three-run second inning, in which Atlanta broke its 25-inning scoreless drought and scored its first runs in the series. He also scored in the fourth and drove home the go-ahead run in the fifth.
Bethancourt’s single to right in the second inning scored Ryan Doumit, playing left field in place of Justin Upton, to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. Bethancourt then scored on B.J. Upton’s two-run homer.
In the fourth, Bethancourt singled leading off and scored on a Jason Heyward groundout to put Atlanta ahead, 4-3. The next inning, his two-out single scored Freddie Freeman, who reached second with a double after an out call was overturned by video review.
The Braves plated two insurance runs in the sixth, when Freeman scored on a Tommy La Stella single and Doumit slid home on a wild pitch.