Albies goes deep, McCarthy and Braves beat Phillies 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ��� Brandon McCarthy keeps finding ways to beat the Phillies.

McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Tuesday night.

McCarthy (5-2) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts. He is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA against Philadelphia this season and 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA against the rest of the league.

"I warmed up and thought this could be a mess but the game started and I felt normal," McCarthy said. "There's no surprises facing a team four times. They knew where the ball is going. There's no secrets. You just have to execute."

Vince Velasquez (4-5) gave up two runs - one earned - and fanned nine in 4 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-4 against the Braves.

The NL East's top two teams have already met 11 times, with Atlanta winning seven games.

Braves lefty A.J. Minter escaped a first-and-third, two-out jam in the eighth, retiring Jorge Alfaro on a fly to center. Arodys Vizcaino finished with a perfect inning for his ninth save in 11 tries.

Albies put the Braves in front with a solo shot in the third. The leadoff hitter is second behind Bryce Harper for most homers in the NL.

"I worked hard in the offseason. I want good results to happen and it's happening," Albies said.

Sloppy defense by the Phillies helped Atlanta get another run in the fifth.

Albies walked to start the inning. He advanced to third on Freddie Freeman's single after right fielder Nick Williams threw to an uncovered base because third baseman Maikel Franco was shifted. Freeman went to second on the play. Nick Markakis followed with a bouncer to first baseman Carlos Santana. His throw to the plate sailed over Alfaro's head for an error, allowing Albies to score.

Cesar Hernandez's RBI single in the bottom half cut it to 2-1. But McCarthy struck out Rhys Hoskins swinging to strand runners on second and third.

The Braves missed an opportunity in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles. Velasquez struck out Dansby Swanson, Ryan Flaherty and McCarthy - each went down swinging.

McCarthy said he was merely "decoration" in the batter's box.

"I had no chance against Velasquez," he said.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was impressed with Velasquez's resilience.

"It's a lot of growth for him, took deep breaths out there, really saw him continuing to compose himself which is definite indication of development," Kapler said.

Ronald Acuna's RBI single in the ninth off Edubray Ramos drove in Albies to give the Braves an insurance run.

"He's ignited us," Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Albies. "He's done a great job. He's got a lot of confidence. He's strong, he has a lot of bat speed. He can do a lot of things."

DIVISION DIFFERENCE

The Braves are 20-10 against NL East opponents. The Phillies are just 9-15.

STARTING TIME

Philadelphia's rotation has allowed one earned run or none in 11 of its last 15 starts. Atlanta's rotation has allowed one earned run or none in seven of its last 10 starts.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Braves are 18-9 on the road this season, including 12-2 since April 28

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Anibal Sanchez (right hamstring strain) will make another rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. Sanchez was roughed up Monday night, allowing eight runs in 3 2/3 innings against Durham.

Phillies: SS J.P. Crawford (right elbow strain) fielded grounders at extended spring training. ... RHP Pat Neshek (right forearm strain) played catch.

UP NEXT

RHP Jake Arrieta (3-2, 2.82 ERA) starts for the Phillies while LHP Luiz Gohara (0-0, 1.29 ERA) goes for the Braves. Arrieta is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in five career starts vs. Atlanta. Gohara struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings in his only outing vs. Philadelphia last season and lost.

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  • W: B. McCarthy (5-2)L: V. Velasquez (4-5)S: A. Vizcaino (9)
  • HR: ATL - O. Albies (14)
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    • a-walked for Arano in the 5th
    • b-struck out for Morgan in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Acuna (7)
    • HR - O. Albies (14)
    • RBI - O. Albies (34), R. Acuna (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - O. Herrera (10), S. Kingery (9)
    • RBI - C. Hernandez (16)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Swanson-Freeman)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Hernandez-Franco-Santana)
    • E - C. Santana (5), N. Williams
    • PB - J. Alfaro (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. McCarthy (W, 5-2)5.24112504.671.5817.5
    S. Freeman (H, 5)0.10000102.841.160.5
    D. Winkler (H, 8)1.01000100.890.642.5
    A. Minter (H, 7)1.02000102.701.601.5
    A. Vizcaino (S, 9)1.00000102.491.1110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. McCarthy (W, 5-2)5.2
    S. Freeman (H, 5)0.1
    D. Winkler (H, 8)1.0
    A. Minter (H, 7)1.0
    A. Vizcaino (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    V. Velasquez (L, 4-5)4.16213914.181.371.5
    V. Arano0.20000101.320.800.5
    L. Garcia1.20000303.200.864.5
    A. Morgan0.11000002.311.46-1.0
    T. Hunter1.01000104.221.592.5
    E. Ramos1.02100000.961.231.0
    PITCHERSIP
    V. Velasquez (L, 4-5)4.1
    V. Arano0.2
    L. Garcia1.2
    A. Morgan0.1
    T. Hunter1.0
    E. Ramos1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. McCarthy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 83-53, S. Freeman 4-3, D. Winkler 12-8, A. Minter 21-14, A. Vizcaino 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 7-5, D. Winkler 1-0, A. Vizcaino 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 23, S. Freeman, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 5, A. Vizcaino 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 89-55, V. Arano 9-7, L. Garcia 26-16, A. Morgan 3-3, T. Hunter 13-10, E. Ramos 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-2, V. Arano 1-0, L. Garcia 2-0, A. Morgan 1-0, E. Ramos 1-1
    • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 22, V. Arano 2, L. Garcia 5, A. Morgan 2, T. Hunter 4, E. Ramos 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Acuna LF50210021.260.324.450.7743.0
    F. Freeman 1B50200012.326.427.556.9831.5
    N. Markakis RF30100102.340.410.511.9212.0
    T. Flowers C30200112.289.426.395.8202.5
    E. Inciarte CF40100004.262.314.366.6811.0
    D. Swanson SS40000045.273.316.398.715-2.0
    R. Flaherty 3B40000025.269.363.370.733-1.0
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    A. Vizcaino P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. McCarthy P30000033.050.050.100.150-1.5
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    D. Winkler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Camargo 3B10000000.206.365.368.7320.0
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      C. Hernandez 2B40110001.277.388.434.8222.0
      R. Hoskins LF40000022.237.373.429.803-1.0
      O. Herrera CF40100020.345.410.542.9511.0
      C. Santana 1B30200100.195.322.421.7423.0
      J. Alfaro C40000004.245.303.373.6750.0
      N. Williams RF40000031.222.300.356.656-1.5
      M. Franco 3B41200010.259.291.449.7402.5
      S. Kingery SS40100002.217.264.341.6042.0
      V. Velasquez P10000001.375.375.375.7500.0
      V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- A. Altherr PH00000100.202.328.386.7141.0
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      b- P. Florimon PH10000010.275.339.510.849-0.5
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      • a-walked for Arano in the 5th
      • b-struck out for Morgan in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Acuna (7)
      • HR - O. Albies (14)
      • RBI - O. Albies (34), R. Acuna (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Herrera (10), S. Kingery (9)
      • RBI - C. Hernandez (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Hernandez (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Swanson-Freeman)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Hernandez-Franco-Santana)
      • E - C. Santana (5), N. Williams
      • PB - J. Alfaro (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. McCarthy (W, 5-2)5.24112504.671.5817.5
      S. Freeman (H, 5)0.10000102.841.160.5
      D. Winkler (H, 8)1.01000100.890.642.5
      A. Minter (H, 7)1.02000102.701.601.5
      A. Vizcaino (S, 9)1.00000102.491.1110.5
      Total9.0711290---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. McCarthy (W, 5-2)5.2
      S. Freeman (H, 5)0.1
      D. Winkler (H, 8)1.0
      A. Minter (H, 7)1.0
      A. Vizcaino (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez (L, 4-5)4.16213914.181.371.5
      V. Arano0.20000101.320.800.5
      L. Garcia1.20000303.200.864.5
      A. Morgan0.11000002.311.46-1.0
      T. Hunter1.01000104.221.592.5
      E. Ramos1.02100000.961.231.0
      Total9.010313141---
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez (L, 4-5)4.1
      V. Arano0.2
      L. Garcia1.2
      A. Morgan0.1
      T. Hunter1.0
      E. Ramos1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. McCarthy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. McCarthy 83-53, S. Freeman 4-3, D. Winkler 12-8, A. Minter 21-14, A. Vizcaino 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McCarthy 7-5, D. Winkler 1-0, A. Vizcaino 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. McCarthy 23, S. Freeman, D. Winkler 3, A. Minter 5, A. Vizcaino 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 89-55, V. Arano 9-7, L. Garcia 26-16, A. Morgan 3-3, T. Hunter 13-10, E. Ramos 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 2-2, V. Arano 1-0, L. Garcia 2-0, A. Morgan 1-0, E. Ramos 1-1
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 22, V. Arano 2, L. Garcia 5, A. Morgan 2, T. Hunter 4, E. Ramos 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Acuna singled to shallow center, Albies scored31
      • 5TH INNING
        Hernandez singled to right center, Franco scored, Altherr to third21
        Markakis reached on fielder's choice to first, Albies scored, Freeman to third on 1st baseman Santana fielding error20
      • 3RD INNING
        Albies homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edubray Ramos relieved Tommy Hunter
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Camargo flied out to deep center
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Albies singled to shallow right
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Albies to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Acuna singled to shallow center, Albies scored
        • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Freeman grounded into double play second to third to first, Acuna out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Arodys Vizcaino relieved A.J. Minter
        • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Franco flied out to right
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tommy Hunter pitching
        • T. Flowers: Flowers singled to right center
        • E. Inciarte: Foul, Inciarte popped out to third
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • R. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Flaherty flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Johan Camargo at third
        • A.J. Minter pitching
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hernandez lined out to right
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • O. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera doubled to deep left
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop, Herrera to third
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Garcia Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Albies grounded out to second
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • Adam Morgan relieved Luis Garcia
        • F. Freeman: Freeman reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Dan Winkler relieved Sam Freeman
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco singled to shallow center
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kingery grounded into double play shortstop to first, Franco out at second
        • Pedro Florimon hit for Adam Morgan
        • P. Florimon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Florimon struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Luis Garcia pitching
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to first
        • B. McCarthy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCarthy struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Santana reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Alfaro: Alfaro flied out to right
        • Sam Freeman relieved Brandon McCarthy
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Williams struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Albies walked
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Acuna flied out to center
        • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Freeman singled to right, Albies to third, Freeman to second on right fielder Williams fielding error
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Markakis reached on fielder's choice to first, Albies scored, Freeman to third on 1st baseman Santana fielding error
        • Victor Arano relieved Vince Velasquez
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
        • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Williams grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Franco: Foul, Franco singled to shallow right
        • S. Kingery: Kingery lined out to center
        • Aaron Altherr hit for Victor Arano
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altherr walked, Franco to second
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right center, Franco scored, Altherr to third
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
        • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Flowers singled to right, Markakis to second
        • E. Inciarte: Pickoff attempt to second, Inciarte reached on an infield single to first, Markakis to third, Flowers to second
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
        • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
        • B. McCarthy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McCarthy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Hoskins grounded out to second
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to center
        • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro flied out to shallow center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • B. McCarthy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, McCarthy struck out on foul tip
        • O. Albies: Albies homered to right center
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Kingery doubled to deep left
        • V. Velasquez: Strike looking, Ball, Velasquez grounded out to pitcher, Kingery to third
        • C. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flowers walked
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Inciarte lined out to center
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Alfaro grounded out to second
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • O. Albies: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Albies struck out looking
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Acuna doubled to left
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Markakis singled to shallow right center, Acuna out at home
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. McCarthy Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to right
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)