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Gattis homers as Braves blast past Phillies

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ATLANTA -- The Braves finished off the regular season with their 96th win, their most in nine years. They'd like 11 more victories.

"Now the fun begins," said manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and NL East champion Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-5 on Sunday.

The Braves won their first division title since 2005. They will have home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NL division series, which begins Thursday at Turner Field.

"You get to create a whole new identity in the postseason," Johnson said. "Hopefully it goes our way."

Atlanta (96-66) finished with its best record since also winning 96 games in 2004.

"I'm proud of a good season, 30 games over .500, 96 wins," Gonzalez said. "It's a hell of an accomplishment for our club."

The Braves needed St. Louis to lose for a shot a home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. But the Cardinals beat the Cubs 4-0 to lock up the top spot.

Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who trailed 5-0 after three innings.

Philadelphia (73-89) finished fourth in the NL East with its worst record and finish since 2000, when it was in last place at 65-97.

The Phillies watched after the game as Braves players gathered for a photo around a 2013 sign that was placed on a stand in front of the mound.

"This isn't the situation that you envisioned going into spring training," said Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who had two hits to finish at .284.

"If there is a bright spot, it gives us an opportunity to get to work a little bit sooner. We can start improving next week."

Johnson had a two-run triple in the sixth and a two-run single in the eighth while setting his career high with five RBIs. He started at third base as Chris Johnson was given a day off to rest his sore right shoulder.

Braves catcher Gerald Laird had four hits and scored four runs. Jose Constanza drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single in the fifth after the Phillies cut the lead to 5-4.

After five straight first-place finishes, the Phillies fell to 81-81 last season. The decline continued this season, and manager Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug 16.

The Phillies were 20-22 under Manuel's replacement, Ryne Sandberg, who was given a three-year contract on Sept. 22.

Gattis and Julio Teheran (14-8) were the Braves' top rookies this season. Teheran allowed four runs on six hits in five innings.

Gattis finished second among NL rookies with 21 homers, behind San Diego's Jedd Gyorko. He leads all rookies in the majors with 65 RBIs. Gattis has started at catcher, left field and first base and is expected to start in left field in the playoffs if catcher Brian McCann returns from an adductor injury, as expected.

"I'm happy with my year," Gattis said. "I feel like I've got a whole bunch I can do better. I'm not that happy, if it makes any sense."

McCann has not played since Thursday.

"I fully expect him to be ready to go," Gonzalez said.

Freddie Freeman had two hits, including a run-scoring single in the Braves' three-run first. For the season he hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBIs.

Zach Miner (0-2), who began his career in the Braves' organization, gave up five runs on seven hits and three in only 2 1-3 innings. Six Phillies pitchers combined for nine walks.

Phillies third baseman Cody Asche needed seven stitches after leaving the game with a cut chin in the first inning. He was hurt when a throw from left fielder Domonic Brown bounced and hit his chin as Jason Heyward was sliding into third base. Freddy Galvis replaced Asche.

Phillies rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd, who made 11 starts, gave up two runs on three hits in the eighth in only his second relief appearance.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth.

Notes

The Braves will be off on Monday before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare for their NL division series. ... Gonzalez said the decision to start Elliot Johnson had nothing to do with Chris Johnson's dugout altercation with first base coach Terry Pendleton after Saturday night's loss. Chris Johnson said he apologized to Pendleton for throwing his helmet, which he said bounced and hit Pendleton. Pendleton then grabbed Johnson's jersey with two hands and the two exchanged words. ... The Braves' season attendance was 2,548,679, their top total since 2007. Sunday's turnout was 42,194. ... Laird's four hits matched his career high.

 
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Evan Gattis is safe at home, part of a big day for the Braves rookie, who tallies a homer among his three hits. (USATSI)
Evan Gattis is safe at home, part of a big day for the Braves rookie, who tallies a homer among his three hits. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

E. Johnson
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 5
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cesar Hernandez, CF5011012 .289
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000012 .252
Chase Utley, 2B4120000 .284
Domonic Brown, LF3110001 .272
   Justin De Fratus, P0000000 .000
   Joe Savery, P0000000 .000
   a-John Mayberry Jr., PH1000000 .227
   Tyler Cloyd, P0000000 .111
Kevin Frandsen, 1B4111011 .234
Cody Asche, 3B0000000 .235
   Freddy Galvis, 3B4010013 .234
Erik Kratz, C3213111 .213
Roger Bernadina, RF4010010 .181
Zach Miner, P1010000 .333
   J.C. Ramirez, P1000000 .000
   Cesar Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Michael Martinez, LF2010001 .175
Totals36510516  
a-grounded out for Savery in the 8th
Batting
HR - Erik Kratz (9, Teheran)
RBI - Cesar Hernandez (10), Kevin Frandsen (26), Erik Kratz 3 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Cesar Hernandez (8), Erik Kratz 3 (8)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Frandsen, Rollins-Frandsen-Frandsen-Kratz, Rollins-Frandsen-Frandsen-Kratz-Rollins-Frandsen
E - Cesar Hernandez 2 (6, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Miner (L,0-2) 2.1755311 4.40
J.C. Ramirez 2.1422220 7.50
Cesar Jimenez 0.2333210 3.71
Justin De Fratus 0.2000200 3.86
Joe Savery 1000000 3.15
Tyler Cloyd 1322010 6.56
IBB - Uggla by J.C. Ramirez
WP - Cesar Jimenez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 61-33, J.C. Ramirez 43-24, Cesar Jimenez 32-18, Justin De Fratus 21-11, Joe Savery 10-7, Tyler Cloyd 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 2-2, J.C. Ramirez 3-1, Justin De Fratus 1-0, Tyler Cloyd 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 15, J.C. Ramirez 12, Cesar Jimenez 7, Justin De Fratus 3, Joe Savery 3, Tyler Cloyd 6
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, CF-RF4100203 .254
Justin Upton, RF-LF5010024 .263
Freddie Freeman, 1B5221000 .319
   Joe Terdoslavich, 1B0000000 .215
Evan Gattis, LF5232001 .243
   B.J. Upton, CF0000000 .184
Gerald Laird, C4440100 .281
Andrelton Simmons, SS4331101 .248
   Paul Janish, SS0000000 .171
Elliot Johnson, 3B3025101 .209
Dan Uggla, 2B2000313 .179
Julio Teheran, P2010012 .224
   a-Jose Constanza, PH1012000 .258
   Luis Avilan, P0000000 .000
   b-Reed Johnson, PH0000100 .244
   Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   Alex Wood, P0000000 .000
   David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
   c-Christian Bethancourt, PH1000011 .000
   Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
Totals3612171195  
a-singled for Teheran in the 5th
b-walked for Avilan in the 6th
c-struck out for Carpenter in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andrelton Simmons 2 (27, Miner)
3B - Elliot Johnson (3, Jimenez)
HR - Evan Gattis (21, Miner)
SF - Elliot Johnson (1)
RBI - Freddie Freeman (109), Evan Gattis 2 (65), Andrelton Simmons (59), Elliot Johnson 5 (19), Jose Constanza 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Constanza 2 (3)
SB - Andrelton Simmons (6, 2nd base off Miner/Kratz)
CS - Elliot Johnson (2, 2nd base by Ramirez/Kratz)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Freeman, Freeman-Simmons-Uggla-Freeman
E - Dan Uggla (14, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Julio Teheran (W,14-8) 5644031 3.20
Luis Avilan (H,27) 1100000 1.52
Luis Ayala 0.2211100 3.27
Alex Wood 0.1000010 3.13
David Carpenter 1000020 1.78
Craig Kimbrel 1100000 1.21
Pitches-Strikes - Julio Teheran 66-45, Luis Avilan 13-8, Luis Ayala 17-9, Alex Wood 3-3, David Carpenter 15-12, Craig Kimbrel 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julio Teheran 3-8, Luis Avilan 1-1, David Carpenter 2-0
Batters Faced - Julio Teheran 20, Luis Avilan 3, Luis Ayala 5, Alex Wood 1, David Carpenter 4, Craig Kimbrel 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42194
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman