Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA — Cameron Rupp hit a two-run single and Cesar Hernandez had four hits as Philadelphia held off a ninth-inning surge by the Braves to pick up a rare road win, 5-4 on Saturday in Atlanta.
Phillies starter Ethan Martin allowed one run in three innings in a spot start and four other relievers — including winner Luis Garcia (1-1) - helped the visitors carry a 5-1 lead into the ninth before Jonathan Papelbon served up a three-run homer to Justin Upton. Jimmy Rollins had two hits and scored twice as Philadelphia won for just the seventh time in its last 30 road games.
Mike Minor (13-9) permitted two runs and struck out six in as many innings for Atlanta, which fell a game behind St. Louis in the race for the best record in the National League with one contest remaining. Upton was 4-for-5 and Jason Heyward reached base three times and scored once for the Braves.
Rupp drove in Hernandez and Rollins with a base hit to center with two outs in the top of the first inning. Hernandez singled to start the seventh and later scored on an error before Domonic Brown laced a base hit to right to plate Rollins and make it 4-1.
Chase Utley’s RBI infield hit in the eighth made it 5-1 but Papelbon nearly gave it all back. He allowed a pair of infield hits and Upton’s blast to center with two outs before letting two more reach base. Papelbon finally induced a game-ending groundout by Chris Johnson.
Notes: Braves C Brian McCann, out with a strained adductor, may play a few innings in today’s finale. … Atlanta can still claim home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs with a win Sunday and a St. Louis loss to the Chicago Cubs. … Phillies 1B Darin Ruf, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in the first three contests of the four-game set.