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Josh Donaldson, Kevin Gausman debut as Braves defeat Phillies

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Braves score a walk-off win.

Divisional Round - Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves - Game Three Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Ray-Patrick Didder scored the winning run on a fielding error by Phil Gosselin in the bottom of the ninth to give the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Josh Donaldson and Kevin Gausman made their spring debuts for Atlanta. Donaldson popped up to second in his first at bat and walked in second. He made a nice play snagging a line drive in the first inning that saved a run. Gausman was a bit rusty allowing four hits and three runs in 1 1/3 innings.

The Phillies plated a pair of runs in the first against Gausman on a sacrifice fly by Nick Williams and an RBI single by Sean Rodriguez. They extended the lead to 3-0 in the second on run-scoring single by Aaron Altherr. Andrew Knapp made it 4-0 in the fifth with a home run off of Max Fried in the fifth.

The Braves began their comeback in the bottom half of the fifth when Cristian Pache connected on his first home run of the spring to cut the deficit to 4-2. Pache finished 1-for-3 in the game and is hitting .412 on the spring.

Raffy Lopez doubled home Ryan LaMarre in the sixth to make it 4-3 and Didder homered in the seventh to tie the game.

Pedro Florimon singled to lead off the ninth but was erased on a grounder by Didder who beat the throw at first. Didder stole second as Pache struck out before Austin Riley’s grounder got through Gosselin to give the Braves the win.

Fried allowed two hits and one run and struck out four over 3 2/3 innings. Sam Freeman, Chad Sobotka and Grant Dayton combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Braves will travel over to Lakeland on Saturday where they will take on the Detroit Tigers. Sean Newcomb is scheduled to get the start while Detroit will counter with right-hander Michael Fulmer.