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Braves notch second consecutive walk-off victory on Brandon Phillips single

Brandon Phillips earned his second walk-off hit in as many days.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

For the second consecutive game, the Atlanta Braves played the role of walk-off winners, knocking off the Miami Marlins, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

With a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, Johan Camargo reached on an infield single that Marlins third baseman Derek Dietrich was unable to handle. Ender Inciarte followed with a sharp single to center, with Camargo racing to third with one out.

That set the table for Brandon Phillips to be the hero two days in a row. His grounder up the middle beat the Marlins’ odd setup of five infielders — they brought in outfielder Marcell Ozuna to play on the right side — and rolled into center, allowing Camargo to score and lift the Braves to the win.

“We never give up. We had chances early in the game and our pitching did a great job. It feels good,” Phillips said after the game. “We just try to keep on coming back. It’s all about trying to get guys on base. The young guys did a good job today, and I just tried to finish it off at the end.”

The walk-off came after the Braves let the lead slip away in the eighth inning. Things unraveled quickly for Braves reliever Jose Ramirez, who walked Christian Yelich on four pitches to lead off the frame. Ozuna followed that by yanking an inside pitch into the stands in left for a two-run homer to tie the contest at 4-4.

A big seventh inning looked to be the decisive blow for the Braves, at the time. Kurt Suzuki and Dansby Swanson led off the inning with singles to chase Marlins starter Jose Urena, and Rio Ruiz greeted reliever David Phelps with a sacrifice fly to deep left field to put the Braves on the board. Swanson also tagged to second on the play.

Pinch hitter Camargo followed by hammering a hanging slider to left center, bringing Swanson around to score and tie the game at 2-2. Phelps then allowed an Inciarte single and walked Phillips before being pulled down for Nick Wittgren. The first pitch Wittgren threw to Nick Markakis was laced down the third base line to score a pair of runs and give the Braves a 4-2 edge.

The Braves let a golden chance to strike first in the game slip away, as they loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning but failed to score. A Matt Kemp leadoff single was followed by consecutive hit-by-pitches taken by Markakis and Matt Adams.

But Swanson tapped one back to the mound on a check swing, and Urena forced the out at home. Ruiz hit a rope but right to short for the second out, and Mike Foltynewicz struck out to end the frame. Urena allowed just three hits and two runs in six innings.

The Braves’ starting hurler got out of a pickle in the third inning, unharmed. With runners on the corners with just one out, Foltynewicz struck out Giancarlo Stanton. On the pitch, the runner from first took off to draw the throw from Suzuki, who fired the ball to Phillips. Aware of the runner leaving third, Phillips fired the ball back home, and the Braves got the runner from third in a rundown.

Foltynewicz’s only blemish came in the sixth. Dee Gordon and Yelich singled and Ozuna walked to load the bases for Braves killer Justin Bour. Foltynewicz got ahead of Bour 0-2, but Foltynewicz missed his spot on the next pitch and left a fastball out over the plate. Bour smacked it up the middle to score a pair of runs and give Miami the 2-0 lead.

Foltynewicz was able to wiggle out of further trouble after loading the bases again on a Derek Dietrich hit, by inducing a strikeout and a fly out. He wrapped up his outing allowing seven hits and two runs, with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.

Atlanta put a pair of runners aboard in the sixth, but Matt Adams struck out looking to end the frame on a pitch at the top of the strike zone. Adams nor Braves manager Brian Snitker was pleased with the call, and Snitker’s complaints got him ejected from the game after the inning.

The Braves are back in action on Monday, as they host the Giants at 7:35 p.m. ET.

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