Harper, Eflin power Phillies to 4-1 win over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Zach Eflin insists the Philadelphia Phillies won't go down without a fight.

''We have the guys in the clubhouse to do it and get there and make a postseason run,'' he said. ''We're looking forward to riding the momentum in these coming days and the next series we have and really do just everything we can to make it.''

Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer, Eflin pitched seven smooth innings and the Phillies won their second straight game over the Atlanta Braves, beating the NL East leaders 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Atlanta has lost three in a row for the first time since July 16-18, but still leads the division by nine games. With nine games left in the regular season, the Braves can clinch their second consecutive NL East title with either two wins, two Washington losses or a combination of one each.

The Phillies, eliminated from the division race, are three games back in the chase for the second wild card and need to pass three teams to make the playoffs.

Harper has more homers (nine) against Braves starter Julio Teheran than any pitcher he's faced. He has gone deep seven times against Atlanta this year, more than any other Braves opponent.

Teheran hit J.T. Realmuto with a pitch in the fourth before Harper took him deep to right-center, the slugger's 32nd homer, for a 2-1 lead. Harper has a .404 average in 47 career at-bats against Teheran.

''Obviously in the past we've had issues and it's been kind of up and down,'' Teheran said. ''It was a mistake and we all know what kind of a good hitter he is.''

Eflin (9-12) gave up just an unearned run and five hits. He had not made it out of the fourth inning in any of his first three starts against Atlanta, allowing 20 runs - 12 earned - with 17 hits and nine walks in 9 1/3 innings.

''That was the toughest, from a mental standpoint, start from a pitcher that we've gotten all season long,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''He just kind of had a resiliency about him in this game that he wasn't going to get beat mentally and just continued to induce groundball after groundball, weak contact throughout the game.''

The Phillies led 4-1 in the sixth after Cesar Hernandez hit his 12th homer off Teheran, and Jean Segura drew a bases-loaded walk from Luke Jackson. Teheran (10-10) allowed three hits and four runs - three earned - in five-plus innings. He has permitted five homers and eight earned runs in his last two starts, both against Philadelphia.

Jose Alvarez faced the minimum in the eighth, and Hector Neris earned his second save of the series and 28th in 34 chances with a perfect ninth.

ERRANT WORK

Poor fielding hurt Philadelphia in the second. Hernandez, the second baseman, made a throwing error for the second straight inning, and Adam Haseley let a liner bounce off his glove in left field, allowing Joyce to reach and advancing Nick Markakis to third. Brian McCann grounded into a fielder's choice for a 1-0 Atlanta lead.

STREAK ENDS

The Braves, who wrapped up a playoff spot last weekend, have lost a multigame series for the first time in their last 16. They were 11-0-4 since July 23-24 and had the majors' longest streak this season without a series loss. Houston went 13 straight from May 4 to June 14.

OPEN LINE

As the regular season winds down, Kapler and general manager Matt Klentak are meeting with players individually to remind them that the team can still make the postseason and to let them voice any concerns.

''This is less what Matt and I are saying to the players and more about giving them an opportunity to share anything on their minds,'' Kapler said.

Kapler and Klentak are calling players into Kapler's office on a daily basis. Veteran outfielder Jay Bruce emerged from a long powwow before Wednesday's game.

''We're just having casual, open, organic discussions,'' Kapler said. ''We're going to talk to as many guys as we can get to, again, with no set schedule.''

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (12-5, 3.62 ERA) has won three of five starts but has a 4.06 ERA against the Braves this year.

Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (12-4, 2.57 ERA) has the third-lowest ERA in the majors, but a 4.82 mark in two starts against Philadelphia this year.

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  • W: Z. Eflin (9-12)L: J. Teheran (10-10)S: H. Neris (28)
  • HR: PHI - B. Harper (32), C. Hernandez (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Realmuto C22000010.276.328.494.8224.5
B. Harper RF31121100.255.373.497.87110.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000120.238.376.483.8590.0
J. Segura SS30210100.283.328.429.7575.0
S. Kingery CF40000025.257.315.477.792-1.0
A. Haseley LF40000024.257.326.406.732-1.0
M. Franco 3B40000023.234.297.409.706-1.0
Z. Eflin P30000020.174.174.196.370-1.0
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Bruce PH10000000.223.270.534.8030.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40200010.279.362.509.8711.5
O. Albies 2B40100001.293.350.502.8521.0
F. Freeman 1B30000112.299.394.562.9560.5
J. Donaldson 3B40000022.258.378.526.904-1.0
N. Markakis LF41100000.291.360.430.7902.0
M. Joyce RF30100111.295.408.464.8731.5
B. McCann C40010014.251.320.408.7280.5
D. Swanson SS40000011.249.325.430.755-0.5
J. Teheran P20000011.109.107.127.234-0.5
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J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Wright P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Newcomb in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (36)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (12), B. Harper (32)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (66), B. Harper 2 (104), J. Segura (58)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery (45), A. Haseley (13), M. Franco 2 (30)
BATTING
  • RBI - B. McCann (43)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, F. Freeman (40), J. Donaldson 2 (2), J. Teheran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto (9), B. Harper (14)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins)
  • E - A. Haseley, C. Hernandez 2 (11)
FIELDING
  • E - B. McCann (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 9-12)7.05102404.001.3326.0
J. Alvarez (H, 15)1.00000203.341.394.0
H. Neris (S, 28)1.00000202.981.0411.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 9-12)7.0
J. Alvarez (H, 15)1.0
H. Neris (S, 28)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 10-10)5.03432623.551.305.0
L. Jackson1.00001203.801.413.0
S. Newcomb1.00000203.141.324.0
J. Tomlin1.01000103.871.102.5
K. Wright1.00000108.681.873.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 10-10)5.0
L. Jackson1.0
S. Newcomb1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
K. Wright1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 99-58, J. Alvarez 18-13, H. Neris 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 12-6, J. Alvarez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 29, J. Alvarez 3, H. Neris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Tomlin (2)
  • HBP - J. Teheran (12)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-56, L. Jackson 15-9, S. Newcomb 14-11, J. Tomlin 16-9, K. Wright 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 5-4, L. Jackson 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-0, J. Tomlin 1-1, K. Wright 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, L. Jackson 4, S. Newcomb 3, J. Tomlin 4, K. Wright 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B41111010.282.337.407.7445.5
J. Realmuto C22000010.276.328.494.8224.5
B. Harper RF31121100.255.373.497.87110.0
R. Hoskins 1B30000120.238.376.483.8590.0
J. Segura SS30210100.283.328.429.7575.0
S. Kingery CF40000025.257.315.477.792-1.0
A. Haseley LF40000024.257.326.406.732-1.0
M. Franco 3B40000023.234.297.409.706-1.0
Z. Eflin P30000020.174.174.196.370-1.0
J. Alvarez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Bruce PH10000000.223.270.534.8030.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Alvarez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40200010.279.362.509.8711.5
O. Albies 2B40100001.293.350.502.8521.0
F. Freeman 1B30000112.299.394.562.9560.5
J. Donaldson 3B40000022.258.378.526.904-1.0
N. Markakis LF41100000.291.360.430.7902.0
M. Joyce RF30100111.295.408.464.8731.5
B. McCann C40010014.251.320.408.7280.5
D. Swanson SS40000011.249.325.430.755-0.5
J. Teheran P20000011.109.107.127.234-0.5
L. Jackson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Duvall PH10000000.253.314.547.8620.0
J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Wright P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Newcomb in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Segura (36)
  • HR - C. Hernandez (12), B. Harper (32)
  • RBI - C. Hernandez (66), B. Harper 2 (104), J. Segura (58)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery (45), A. Haseley (13), M. Franco 2 (30)
BATTING
  • RBI - B. McCann (43)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Albies, F. Freeman (40), J. Donaldson 2 (2), J. Teheran
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto (9), B. Harper (14)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins; Hernandez-Segura-Hoskins)
  • E - A. Haseley, C. Hernandez 2 (11)
FIELDING
  • E - B. McCann (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (W, 9-12)7.05102404.001.3326.0
J. Alvarez (H, 15)1.00000203.341.394.0
H. Neris (S, 28)1.00000202.981.0411.0
Total9.0510280---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (W, 9-12)7.0
J. Alvarez (H, 15)1.0
H. Neris (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran (L, 10-10)5.03432623.551.305.0
L. Jackson1.00001203.801.413.0
S. Newcomb1.00000203.141.324.0
J. Tomlin1.01000103.871.102.5
K. Wright1.00000108.681.873.5
Total9.04433122---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran (L, 10-10)5.0
L. Jackson1.0
S. Newcomb1.0
J. Tomlin1.0
K. Wright1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 99-58, J. Alvarez 18-13, H. Neris 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 12-6, J. Alvarez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 29, J. Alvarez 3, H. Neris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Tomlin (2)
  • HBP - J. Teheran (12)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 90-56, L. Jackson 15-9, S. Newcomb 14-11, J. Tomlin 16-9, K. Wright 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 5-4, L. Jackson 1-0, S. Newcomb 1-0, J. Tomlin 1-1, K. Wright 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 22, L. Jackson 4, S. Newcomb 3, J. Tomlin 4, K. Wright 3
  • 6TH INNING
    Segura walked, Realmuto scored, Harper to third, Hoskins to second41
    Hernandez homered to right center31
  • 4TH INNING
    Harper homered to right center, Realmuto scored21
  • 2ND INNING
    McCann reached on fielder's choice to second, Markakis scored, Joyce out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Wright relieved Josh Tomlin
    • A. Haseley: Haseley grounded out to first
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • Jay Bruce hit for Jose Alvarez
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Neris pitching
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Swanson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Tomlin pitching
    • B. Harper: Ball, Harper grounded out to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Segura singled to right
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Segura to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Zach Eflin
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sean Newcomb relieved Luke Jackson
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson flied out to right
    • Adam Duvall hit for Sean Newcomb
    • A. Duvall: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duvall grounded out to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna singled to center
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez homered to right center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Realmuto reached on catcher's interference
    • B. Harper: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper walked, Realmuto to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto stole third, Harper to second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • Luke Jackson relieved Julio Teheran
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked, Realmuto scored, Harper to third, Hoskins to second
    • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Haseley struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Markakis reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked, Markakis to second
    • B. McCann: McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Joyce out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Haseley struck out looking
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Franco grounded out to second
    • Z. Eflin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Eflin struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Teheran popped out to second
    • R. Acuna: Acuna singled to right center
    • O. Albies: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Albies singled to center, Acuna to third
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto hit by pitch
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harper homered to right center, Realmuto scored
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to third
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to center
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Joyce reached on an infield single to third
    • B. McCann: McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Joyce out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Eflin popped out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Ball, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura doubled to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Kingery grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haseley grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez throwing error
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Joyce safe at first on left fielder Haseley fielding error, Markakis to third
    • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann reached on fielder's choice to second, Markakis scored, Joyce out at second
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • J. Teheran: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Teheran struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Harper flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Freeman safe at first on 2nd baseman Hernandez throwing error
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)