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Philadelphia at Atlanta

Venue: Turner Field
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The sputtering Atlanta Braves lineup started September in the worst possible way by going hitless in their series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mike Minor's return to form could help alleviate some of the pressure, but it'll still take some offense to even the series Tuesday night at Turner Field.

After being on the wrong end of a combined no-hitter in Monday's 7-0 loss to the Phillies (63-74), the Braves (72-66) have scored one run in three games while going 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

"The game of baseball's kind of funny," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose club is 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot. "You feel like you've hit a good stride and all of a sudden you go through a stretch where you score one run in 27 innings, and you're lucky enough to win one of those games."

They've scored 20 runs over a 4-5 stretch while Philadelphia has managed 56 during an 8-3 run.

Ben Revere continued to produce for the Phillies with a 2-for-3 day and a career-high five RBIs after entering the game with 15 this season. He's batting .372 against Atlanta in 2014.

Jimmy Rollins also stayed hot with a second straight three-hit effort. The shortstop is batting .386 over his last 11 games with seven multihit performances.

The Philadelphia bullpen followed up Cole Hamels' six hitless innings with one each from Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon for the 12th no-hitter in franchise history. Over the last 13 games, Phillies relievers have posted a 1.04 ERA.

"It's definitely been a rough go at it this year for our ballclub," Papelbon said. "Something to kind of hang our hat on for the year. Cole has been our bona fide ace for the entire the season, and it's good to preserve those wins for our starters. Today it was preserving a no-hitter."

Minor (6-8, 4.70 ERA) is gaining similar confidence. After substantial struggles, the left-hander's last three games have been encouraging with two wins, a 1.66 ERA and nine hits allowed in 21 2-3 innings. One of those victories came Thursday as he held the New York Mets to a run and four hits in seven innings of a 6-1 final.

"I do feel like I've turned the corner with pitches and hitting spots and attacking hitters," Minor told MLB's official website. "I do feel confident. I don't feel that little guy in the back of my head is saying, 'Don't give up the home run' anymore. I feel like I'm attacking guys and going right after them."

Minor hasn't faced the Phillies this season after going 0-2 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts last year. Ryan Howard is 6 for 15 with three home runs off him lifetime.

Minor will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who could present the Braves with an early chance to end their offensive troubles.

Kendrick (7-11, 4.97) is 4-3 in his last 10 starts despite a 6.49 ERA. The right-hander picked up his second straight win Wednesday despite not being particularly impressive, surrendering four runs in six innings of an 8-4 victory over Washington.

He's allowed seven first-inning runs in his last four starts, and his 10.00 ERA in the opening frame is the highest in baseball among pitchers with at least 20 starts.

Kendrick is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against the Braves this season. Justin Upton is 8 for 22 with a pair of home runs lifetime in their matchups.

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Probable Starters

K. Kendrick
Philadelphia Last 3 Starts Atlanta
2-0 Wins-Losses 2-0
17.1 Innings Pitched 21.2
5.71 Earned Run Average 1.66
4 Walks 6
9 Strikeouts 17
1.38 WHIP 0.65

M. Minor
Probable Pitchers
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Philadelphia5th NL East7389.451233-7 L 2
Atlanta2nd NL East7983.488173-7 W 2
 
 

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Injuries
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
A. BurnettHernia
M. HollandsElbow
C. LeeElbow
J. RollinsHamstring
Atlanta
PlayerInjury
B. BeachyElbow
P. BeatoElbow
G. FloydElbow
C. GearrinElbow
K. MedlenElbow
M. MinorShoulder
S. SimmonsShoulder
J. VentersElbow
A. WoodForearm
 
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