Freddy Galvis' 2-run homer lifts Phillies over Braves 4-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Freddy Galvis has quite a knack for clutch hits.
Galvis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Despite a .221 average, Galvis leads the team with eight game-winning RBIs.
''He gave me a good pitch to hit, and I was just trying to put the ball in play, got a good swing and hit the homer,'' Galvis said. ''Sometimes you are down a little bit on yourself. I am just trying to help the team win some games. I was trying too hard and right now I feel pretty good.''
Maikel Franco hit a homer for the fourth straight game to help the Phillies complete a three-game sweep and win for the eighth time in nine games.
Adonis Garcia hit a pair of RBI doubles for the Braves.
Galvis lined a 2-2 pitch off Arodys Vizcaino (1-4) into the seats in right after Franco had started the inning with a walk.
Hector Neris (3-3) got the win despite allowing a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 23rd save in 25 tries.
Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins allowed one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He started in place of Julio Teheran, who returned to Atlanta to be treated for an infection on his right thigh.
''He did a great job stretching the game that far,'' Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. ''He gave us everything he had. He was pitching. He was mixing pitches, keeping the ball down.''
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits in six innings.
Garcia lined an RBI double to right-center to score Jeff Francoeur, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Garcia hit a sharp grounder down the left-field line to put the Braves up 3-2.
Franco tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot to right off Chris Withrow in the sixth.
''I'm just really comfortable at home plate,'' Franco said. ''I see the pitch much better. That's what I'm doing right now, trying to see the ball and trying to put good contact on it.''
Odubel Herrera sliced an RBI double down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth to tie it at 1. Earlier in the inning, Francoeur made a perfect no-hop throw to the plate from left field to get Galvis trying to score from second on a single.
Hellickson walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to force in a run in the third. A fielding error on second baseman Cesar Hernandez led to the unearned run.
The Phillies have six comeback wins in their last 13 games, going 10-3 in that span. They had none in the previous 32 games after recording 10 in the first 41 games while going 24-17.
The Braves (28-57) have the worst record in the majors while the Phillies (40-46) are inching closer to .500.
Franco is the first Phillies player to hit homers in four straight games since Ryan Howard in September 2012. Franco was 10 for 19 with four homers in the six-game homestand. ... Peter Bourjos was 0 for 3 with an intentional walk, ending his hitting streak at 14 games.
BRAVES: RHP Lucas Harrell (1-0, 1.50 ERA) starts a makeup game at the Chicago Cubs before a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox.
PHILLIES: LHP Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.31) pitches the opener of a four-game series at Colorado. Morgan is filling in for Aaron Nola, who is being skipped to get an extended rest after five poor starts.