Franco’s walk-off single in 10th lifts Phils

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It started with a one-out single from Brock Stassi. Cesar Hernandez followed with a ground ball up the middle to Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips, who could not make the exchange to Dansby Swanson at second for a forceout.

Aaron Altherr then hit a ground ball to Swanson, but he also could not get the ball to second for a force. Suddenly the bases were loaded with one out. Odubel Herrera struck out swinging, but Maikel Franco hit a ball toward the right-field wall to score two runs for the Phillies’ third win in a row.

Phillips hit a solo homer in the ninth against Edubray Ramos to tie it. Phillips’ RBI double in the fourth inning extended his hitting streak to nine games. The Braves scored a go-ahead run in the 10th, but the Phillies rallied back.

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On the money:  Matt Kemp kept the Braves’ deficit at one run with an accurate throw to the plate in the eighth inning. Altherr drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third before aggressively attempting to score on Franco’s fly ball. Kemp caught it in left field before making a throw to Tyler Flowers, who made a lunging tag to end the inning.

El Torito almost saves the day: Braves shortstop Swanson barreled a line drive toward the right-center-field wall with the tying run on first and one out in the top of the seventh inning. It had a 73 percent hit probability, according to Statcast™. But center fielder Herrera made a fantastic running catch just short of the fence. Herrera covered 89 feet in just 4.6 seconds. That ball is caught just 14 percent of the time, making it a five-star catch, according to Statcast™.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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