Zack Wheeler hit the season’s best 10 strikeouts in 62/3 innings, Rhys Hoskins ran three early double runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Monday night.
The team started the day of the second place in the division, eight games behind the lead.
The two haven’t met since September 30, when World Series defending champion Braves won the NL East title for the fourth consecutive year.RELATED
Wheeler (3-3) was 3-0, with ERA 1.38 and strikeout 40 in the previous five starts. Last year’s Cy Young Award finalists allowed four of them to run no more than twice.
Wheeler gave up without walking eight hits and two runs, but has been 3-2 with 1.79 ERA in six games against Atlanta since the start of last season.
Kyle Schwarber walked to the top of the two innings and advanced with a single from JT Realmuto. Roman Quinn also walked.
Hoskins doubled into the center fielder’s hole to clear the base and scored 3-0. Of the 35 Hoskins hits this season, 16 were extra-base hits.
Atlanta starter Tucker Davidson (1-1) abandoned four hits, five runs and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.
In the case of the Braves, Venezuela’s Ronald Acuña Jr. scored 5-0 and William Contreras scored 4-2. Dominican Marcell Ozuna 4-2.
In the case of Phillies, Jean Segura 5-2, 1 RBI. Panama’s Johan Camargo 4-1 and 1 goal.
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