After avoiding their worst losing streak in nearly four decades this week, the Atlanta Braves now turn their attention to a pair of other lengthy droughts.
The Braves will go for their first series win in over three weeks and first on the road in two months Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Atlanta (55-84) snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 7-2 win in Monday's series opener, falling a game shy of tying the franchise's worst skid since 1976. The Braves, who have dropped 20 of their last 22, were denied their first back-to-back wins since early August with a 5-0 loss in the middle game Tuesday.
The Braves still have a shot at their first series victory since taking two of three against Arizona from Aug. 14-16, and they haven't won a road series since winning two of three in Milwaukee from July 6-8.
The club's winningest pitcher will take the mound looking to end those slides. Julio Teheran was the only Atlanta pitcher to notch a win from Aug. 17-Sept. 6 and has earned two of the team's four victories since Aug. 9.
Teheran (9-7, 4.51 ERA) holds the only winning record on Atlanta's staff and has six quality starts over his last seven. He is 3-1 during that stretch with a 3.95 ERA that's inflated by the eight runs he gave up in a 20-6 loss to the New York Yankees on Aug. 30. Teheran has given up 30 hits and 11 runs over 39 innings in the other six.
The right-hander has been especially good against the Phillies this year, using a 1.29 ERA to pick up a pair of wins. Teheran is 5-3 with a 2.54 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies.
He held Washington to five hits and one run in six innings during a 5-2 loss Friday.
"I feel really good," Teheran told MLB's official website. "I was just trying to make pitches and trying to show my team that I wanted to stay in there."
Philadelphia (54-85) was the last road team Atlanta beat before dropping 13 straight from Aug. 11-Sept. 6, a skid which also ended Monday. The Phillies have held their spot at the bottom of the NL East during Atlanta's plummet thanks to 11 losses in 15 games.
They'll counter Teheran with David Buchanan, who will make his first start in the majors since Aug. 11.
After finishing with a 2.62 ERA in his final six starts of 2014, Buchanan (2-7, 9.00) has drifted back-and-forth from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Phillies in his second big-league season. He received his third promotion this week, becoming the sixth pitcher in Philadelphia's rotation in an attempt to manage the workload of four rookies ahead of him.
The right-hander had two of his better outings this season against the Braves, holding them to 10 hits and six runs over 14 innings.
Buchanan, though, was most recently sent down to the minors after imploding in a 13-1 loss against Arizona on Aug. 11. The Diamondbacks pounded him for career highs in hits (11) and runs (11) in a career-low 1 2-3 innings.
"Once the game started the ball was elevated, and that's when you get hurt," he said.
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard went 0 for 4 on Tuesday to extend his hitless streak to 25 at-bats, while Cesar Hernandez singled and doubled to extend his hit streak to nine.