The Braves only scored two runs tonight, and they both came via the home run. Those two runs ended up being enough for a victory though, as Julio Teheran and company were able to keep the Phillies at bay for a 2-1 victory.
After Julio Teheran fought his way out of a jam in the top of the second inning, the Braves' offense rewarded their pitcher with some production at the plate. That production came from Jonny Gomes, who hit a no-doubter into the left field seats to put the Braves on the board with a solo homer.
There was no more scoring until the fifth inning, which is when the Phillies struck back. Their rally started when an error from Jace Peterson allowed Adam Morgan (the opposing pitcher) to reach base. Odubel Herrera bunted him over, and Cesar Hernandez hit a single to right field to bring in Morgan to tie the game. Hernandez was thrown out at second, but by then the damage had been done. In the very next at-bat, Maikel Franco doubled, but Ryan Howard grounded out to end the inning and the Phillies' scoring threat.
Adam Morgan and Julio Teheran both had themselves an intriguing pitcher's duel, as both pitchers went exactly seven innings. The two even finished with an identical game score of 62. With that being said, they weren't identical in the most important category: Runs allowed. Teheran gave up only one run, but Morgan gave up two.
Morgan's second earned run of the game came in the seventh inning. That was when Juan Uribe sent Morgan's 89th pitch of the night over the left field fence for a solo home run. That dinger put the Braves ahead by a only one run.
Thanks to some solid defensive work and decent pitching from the bullpen (in the form of Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson), the Braves were able to make that lead hold and came away from tonight's contest with a one run victory.
It wasn't as easy as many projected it to be, but a win's a win and the Braves will surely take them any way that they can get them. There may not have been too many fireworks in tonight's contest, but sometimes all you need is a couple of big ones to have a good night, and the Braves got them in the form of two solo home runs that were enough for a victory.
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