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Atlanta0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 060
Philadelphia0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 160
  W: R. Suárez (10-5)   L: M. Fried (13-7)   S: J. Alvarado (2)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)5:15 PM CT, September 22, 2022
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 21,276

Phillies, Braves open four-game NL East showdown

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Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Phillies are 33-19 (.635) at home against the Braves at home since 2017. This is the Phillies' third best winning percentage at home against any NL opponent in that span (Reds - .688, Pirates - .667).
  2. Max Fried has given up two earned runs or fewer in eight straight and 13 of his last 15 starts, compiling a 2.19 ERA that ranks second in the NL among ERA qualifiers since June 20.
  3. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 4-for-11 (.364) with two homers and six RBI during the Braves' three-game sweep of Philadelphia earlier this month. Over the last two seasons, he's hitting .188 (6-for-32) with a homer, three RBI and 10 strikeouts in eight games at Citizens Bank Park.
  4. Ranger Suarez ranks seventh in the NL among ERA qualifiers with a 2.49 ERA since July 16. During this stretch, Suarez has only given up three homers over 61.1 IP. Prior to this run, Suarez allowed nine homers in 79.0 IP in 2022.
  5. On Wednesday, J.T. Realmuto homered in his third straight game for the second time since the beginning of August. Despite his recent success at the dish, Realmuto has only one hit -- a solo homer -- in his last 16 at-bats (.063) against Atlanta since the beginning of August.
  6. Despite being a major league-best 29-10 since August 9, the Braves are trying to avoid losing three straight road series for the first time since dropping four in a row from May 21-June 10, 2018.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2022 thru 9/25/2022

The Philadelphia Phillies appeared to be on the verge of a six-game losing streak.

Instead of another loss, the Phillies rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the eighth inning and defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in 10 innings on Wednesday.

Thanks mostly to Matt Vierling.

Vierling hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th and capped his first career five-hit game. J.T. Realmuto also ripped a solo homer, his 21st of the season.

The Phillies (81-67), who lead the Milwaukee Brewers by 2 1/2 games for the third wild-card spot in the National League, now open a huge four-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

"It was a great win," Vierling said in a postgame interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The team needed it. We got some momentum."

All five of Vierling's hits were singles.

"I hit balls in good spots and they happened to fall," Vierling said.

Even when the Phillies were struggling, they never gave up. Since interim manager Rob Thomson took over for Joe Girardi, that has been the team's mantra.

"It's par for the course for this group," Thomson said. "They continue to fight."

The Phillies will hand the ball to Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.53 ERA) in the series opener. Last Friday, in Suarez's most recent start against the Braves, he was stellar in six innings as he allowed two hits and one run.

He didn't get a decision in that game, but Suarez is 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 14 career games (five starts) against the Braves.

Brandon Marsh (left knee contusion) was available to play if needed Wednesday and potentially could be back in the lineup against the Braves.

The Braves (93-56) could have moved into a tie for first place with the New York Mets in the National League East on Wednesday, but some sloppy baserunning helped lead to a 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Braves are looking for their fifth straight NL East division title and enter Thursday's contest one game behind the Mets and 11 1/2 games up in the NL wild-card race. They're also aiming to repeat as World Champions and won't let a tough loss to a bad team won't faze them.

"It's just a matter of continuing to win games," Austin Riley said. "We've been here and we know what to expect."

William Contreras got caught in between second and third in the eighth, which was a key play in the one-run defeat.

"Young guys have a hard time not putting the pedal to the metal all the time on the bases," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It's something they'll learn."

And continue to learn.

"It's just when you're playing close games, those are the things you can control," Snitker said. "There's so many things in this game you can't control, but we can control our baserunning. It's the awareness more than anything. We talk about it a lot."

Max Fried (13-6, 2.52) is scheduled to start against the Phillies. In Fried's most recent start, also against the Phillies, he gave up four hits and two runs in six innings but didn't get a decision in the 7-2 Atlanta win.

Fried is 4-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 17 career games (11 starts) against the Phillies.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 22, 2022

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