Herrera hits 2 homers, Nola goes 7, Phils beat Braves 7-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Odubel Herrera has made sure his spot in the lineup is secure.

Herrera hit two homers, Jorge Alfaro also went deep and Aaron Nola pitched seven innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 Friday night.

Herrera, a 2016 All-Star and the Phillies' best player the past two seasons, was upset he didn't start the season opener in Atlanta. But he's been a fixture in center field and No. 3 in the batting order on a team that uses 10 players as regulars.

''I feel very locked in,'' Herrera said through an interpreter after raising his average to .348.

Manager Gabe Kapler has been impressed with Herrera's ability to adapt during at-bats.

''He makes adjustments with the barrel as good as anybody I've seen,'' Kapler said.

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran left after three innings because of tightness in his right upper trapezius. Braves manager Brian Snitker said it's not serious and expects Teheran to make his next start.

''I didn't want to take a chance so we just shut it down,'' Snitker said.

Nola (3-1) settled in nicely after allowing three runs in the first. He didn't give up another run and surrendered seven hits.

''Cool, calm, collected leadership,'' Kapler said of Nola. ''He gave up three in the first but he's the same guy with the same level of confidence.''

Herrera lined a three-run homer to right in the first to tie it at 3-3. His solo shot off Max Fried (0-2) gave the Phillies a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Herrera had never hit more than one homer in a game in the majors.

Alfaro drove a two-run shot out to center in the seventh off Chase Whitley, who made his first big league appearance this year after he was brought up from the minors Friday. Alfaro added an RBI single in the eighth and with three hits raised his average from .163 to .208.

''I've been working with the hitting coach in the cage, trying to select better pitches, swing at strikes, stay in the zone,'' Alfaro said.

Freddie Freeman got the Braves started with an RBI single. Nola almost worked out of a first-and-third, no-out jam by retiring Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki on pop-ups. But Ozzie Albies stole home on a double steal with Freeman beating the throw to second base. Ronald Acuna Jr. followed with an RBI double for the third run.

Acuna's hit had 111.8 mph exit velocity, the hardest-hit ball by Braves this season, according to Statcast.

Teheran didn't allow a hit in the next two innings before coming out.

The Phillies are off to a 16-9 start, their best mark after 25 games since going 17-8 to begin the 2011 season. A win Saturday would put them eight games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-best 102 wins.

GLOVE WORK

Acuna robbed Herrera of extra bases with a diving, backhanded catch on a sinking liner to left.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: C Tyler Flowers was reinstated from the 10-day DL and C Carlos Perez was designated for assignment. The team also recalled Whitley from Triple-A Gwinnett and RHP Matt Wisler was optioned.

Phillies: RHP Ben Lively was placed on the 10-day DL because of a strained lower back. Righty Jake Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

UP NEXT

RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 2.77 ERA) starts for the Braves on Saturday while RHP Nick Pivetta (1-0, 2.57 ERA) goes for Philadelphia. Foltynewicz is 3-2, 4.02 in nine appearances against the Phillies. Pivetta is 3-0, 2.77 in five starts vs. Atlanta.

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  • W: A. Nola (3-1)L: M. Fried (0-2)
  • HR: PHI - J. Alfaro (2), O. Herrera 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Inciarte CF41000113.262.304.280.5853.5
O. Albies 2B41100020.287.330.630.9604.0
F. Freeman 1B41210000.333.457.5811.0386.0
N. Markakis RF40100003.303.397.455.8512.0
K. Suzuki C40000014.292.368.523.891-0.5
R. Acuna LF40210012.462.462.8461.3083.5
D. Swanson SS40000022.303.349.465.814-1.0
R. Flaherty 3B40100010.307.402.413.8160.5
J. Teheran P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Fried P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- J. Camargo PH10100000.308.400.6151.0151.0
C. Whitley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Moylan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Tucker PH10100000.257.291.459.7511.0
  • a-singled for Fried in the 7th
  • b-singled for Moylan in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31000111.300.418.411.8291.5
C. Santana 1B21000211.170.309.307.6162.5
O. Herrera CF42242001.348.392.528.92014.0
R. Hoskins LF40200010.346.495.6031.0981.5
A. Altherr RF30000102.169.289.385.6741.0
S. Kingery 3B41100011.213.273.375.6481.5
J. Crawford SS31100011.190.250.333.5833.5
J. Alfaro C41331000.208.276.321.59710.0
A. Nola P10000010.000.091.000.091-0.5
a- N. Williams PH10000000.208.283.313.5960.0
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Florimon PH10000002.188.278.250.5280.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-popped out for Nola in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Hunter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (11), N. Markakis (6), R. Acuna (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (18), R. Acuna (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Crawford (3)
  • HR - O. Herrera 2 (3), J. Alfaro (2)
  • SH - A. Nola (3)
  • RBI - O. Herrera 4 (13), J. Alfaro 3 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (10), O. Albies (2), F. Freeman (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - R. Hoskins
FIELDING
  • E - J. Crawford (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran3.02332214.501.403.0
M. Fried (L, 0-2)3.02111319.001.671.5
C. Whitley1.022211118.003.00-1.5
P. Moylan1.03110003.382.63-1.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran3.0
M. Fried (L, 0-2)3.0
C. Whitley1.0
P. Moylan1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 3-1)7.07331402.580.9722.0
T. Hunter (H, 1)1.01000100.000.382.5
H. Neris1.01000303.271.273.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 3-1)7.0
T. Hunter (H, 1)1.0
H. Neris1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Moylan
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 43-23, M. Fried 47-31, C. Whitley 20-12, P. Moylan 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 2-4, M. Fried 3-3, P. Moylan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 12, M. Fried 12, C. Whitley 6, P. Moylan 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 101-69, T. Hunter 15-11, H. Neris 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 11-5, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 28, T. Hunter 5, H. Neris 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Inciarte CF41000113.262.304.280.5853.5
O. Albies 2B41100020.287.330.630.9604.0
F. Freeman 1B41210000.333.457.5811.0386.0
N. Markakis RF40100003.303.397.455.8512.0
K. Suzuki C40000014.292.368.523.891-0.5
R. Acuna LF40210012.462.462.8461.3083.5
D. Swanson SS40000022.303.349.465.814-1.0
R. Flaherty 3B40100010.307.402.413.8160.5
J. Teheran P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Fried P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
a- J. Camargo PH10100000.308.400.6151.0151.0
C. Whitley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Fried in the 7th
  • b-singled for Moylan in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B31000111.300.418.411.8291.5
C. Santana 1B21000211.170.309.307.6162.5
O. Herrera CF42242001.348.392.528.92014.0
R. Hoskins LF40200010.346.495.6031.0981.5
A. Altherr RF30000102.169.289.385.6741.0
S. Kingery 3B41100011.213.273.375.6481.5
J. Crawford SS31100011.190.250.333.5833.5
J. Alfaro C41331000.208.276.321.59710.0
A. Nola P10000010.000.091.000.091-0.5
a- N. Williams PH10000000.208.283.313.5960.0
T. Hunter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Florimon PH10000002.188.278.250.5280.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-popped out for Nola in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Hunter in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies (11), N. Markakis (6), R. Acuna (2)
  • RBI - F. Freeman (18), R. Acuna (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Acuna (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Crawford (3)
  • HR - O. Herrera 2 (3), J. Alfaro (2)
  • SH - A. Nola (3)
  • RBI - O. Herrera 4 (13), J. Alfaro 3 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Inciarte (10), O. Albies (2), F. Freeman (2)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - R. Hoskins
FIELDING
  • E - J. Crawford (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Teheran3.02332214.501.403.0
M. Fried (L, 0-2)3.02111319.001.671.5
C. Whitley1.022211118.003.00-1.5
P. Moylan1.03110003.382.63-1.0
Total8.0977463---
PITCHERSIP
J. Teheran3.0
M. Fried (L, 0-2)3.0
C. Whitley1.0
P. Moylan1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 3-1)7.07331402.580.9722.0
T. Hunter (H, 1)1.01000100.000.382.5
H. Neris1.01000303.271.273.5
Total9.0933180---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 3-1)7.0
T. Hunter (H, 1)1.0
H. Neris1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - P. Moylan
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Teheran 43-23, M. Fried 47-31, C. Whitley 20-12, P. Moylan 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Teheran 2-4, M. Fried 3-3, P. Moylan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Teheran 12, M. Fried 12, C. Whitley 6, P. Moylan 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 101-69, T. Hunter 15-11, H. Neris 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 11-5, T. Hunter 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 28, T. Hunter 5, H. Neris 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Alfaro singled to left center, Kingery scored, Crawford to second37
  • 7TH INNING
    Alfaro homered to center, Crawford scored36
  • 6TH INNING
    Herrera homered to right34
  • 1ST INNING
    Herrera homered to right, Hernandez and Santana scored33
    Acuna doubled to left center, Freeman scored20
    Albies stole home Freeman to second20
    Freeman singled to right, Inciarte scored, Albies to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Hector Neris pitching
    • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • Preston Tucker hit for Peter Moylan
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Tucker singled to shallow center
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Inciarte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tommy Hunter pitching
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman singled to right
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Markakis flied out to deep left
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Suzuki safe at first on shortstop Crawford fielding error, Freeman to second
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Acuna grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Peter Moylan relieved Chase Whitley
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hoskins reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Altherr: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Altherr grounded into double play third to second to first, Hoskins out at second
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Kingery singled to shallow right
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford hit by pitch, Kingery to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Alfaro singled to left center, Kingery scored, Crawford to second
    • Pedro Florimon hit for Tommy Hunter
    • P. Florimon: Florimon lined out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna singled to center
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Swanson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Acuna out at second
    • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Flaherty singled to center
    • Johan Camargo hit for Max Fried
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Camargo singled to right center, Flaherty to second
    • E. Inciarte: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chase Whitley pitching
    • J. Crawford: Crawford doubled to deep right
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alfaro homered to center, Crawford scored
    • Nick Williams hit for Aaron Nola
    • N. Williams: Williams popped out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana walked
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Herrera fouled out to first
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis flied out to right
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera homered to right
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr lined out to right
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • M. Fried: Strike looking, Ball, Fried grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Inciarte: Inciarte grounded bunt out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alfaro singled to deep right center
    • A. Nola: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Nola hit sacrifice bunt to third, Alfaro to second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez lined out to right
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • R. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Max Fried relieved Julio Teheran
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altherr walked
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Kingery flied out to deep center
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike swinging, Albies grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis doubled to deep right
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • O. Herrera: Herrera lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty grounded out to first
    • J. Teheran: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Teheran flied out to deep center
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • J. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to first
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Ball, Alfaro grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Inciarte walked
    • O. Albies: Ball, Inciarte stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies doubled to shallow left, Inciarte to third
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman singled to right, Inciarte scored, Albies to third
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Markakis fouled out to first
    • K. Suzuki: Suzuki fouled out to third
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Albies stole home Freeman to second, Acuna doubled to left center, Freeman scored
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Teheran Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • C. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Hernandez to second
    • O. Herrera: Herrera homered to right, Hernandez and Santana scored
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins singled to shallow right center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Altherr flied out to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins picked off at first, pitcher to first, Kingery flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)