Reserves lead Braves to 5th straight win, eliminate Phillies

ATLANTA (AP) Braves manager Brian Snitker gave most of his everyday players some time off a day after Atlanta clinched the NL East.

Lane Adams took advantage of a rare opportunity.

''You see the fun the starters have day in and day out,'' Adams said. ''When I saw my name in the lineup I just wanted to go out, have fun, enjoy it and take it in because this is a special group, a special crowd and a special time for this organization.''

Adams homered and drove in two runs, Anibal Sanchez won for the first time in nine starts and the Atlanta Braves used a lineup of reserves to win their fifth straight game, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

The loss dropped Philadelphia from postseason contention. Atlanta, the first NL team to qualify for the playoffs, eliminated the Phillies from the division race on Saturday. The Braves have the second-best record among NL division leaders at 88-68 and could earn home-field advantage in the NL Division Series with a strong performance during the final week of the regular season.

The Braves mostly rested their regulars against ace Aaron Nola (16-6). Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis each had one at-bat in Atlanta's final home game before walking off the field to standing ovations before the start of the second.

''Everybody deserved it, but they're the two guys that have posted up every day,'' Snitker said. ''They're on a 162-game pace and kind of our guts. So I thought that was pretty cool they got to get recognized. It was very well deserved.''

Among the other regulars to make an appearance, Ozzie Albies grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and Ronald Acuna Jr. flew out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Adams, filling in for center fielder Ender Inciarte, had an RBI double in the second and hit his second homer in the fifth.

Sanchez (7-6) further secured his role as Atlanta's No. 3 starter for the division series behind Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman, allowing four hits, one run and one walk in five innings. Sanchez won for the first time since Aug. 3 and has a 3.09 ERA over that span.

''He's been huge,'' Snitker said. ''What a great story that is. As far as being a complete pitcher and executing pitches, it's pretty good. There's a lot of knowledge there. He's been doing it a long time and he's been successful.''

Scott Kingery's eighth homer for Philadelphia tied it at 1-all in the third. The Phillies were swept in a four-game series in Atlanta for the first time since 1997.

Nola gave up four hits, two runs and one walk with six strikeouts in six innings. He has surrendered nine homers in five starts this month and is 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA over that span.

Nola wants to make one final start, giving him 33 for the season, as Philadelphia tries to finish above .500.

''I think just going forward, everybody has confidence in each other,'' he said. ''To finish the year out strong is important to us.''

Reliever Max Fried allowed three baseunners in the sixth and seventh for Atlanta. Sam Freeman faced the minimum in the eighth.

Shane Carle pitched a shaky ninth to earn his first career save in two chances. He walked two batters and hit Kingery with a pitch before Wilson Ramos grounded out to end it.

LOOKING AHEAD

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the team is committed to playing young talent like Kingery, J.P. Crawford, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr in the final week. Veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera and Ramos who were acquired for the playoff run will be used in reserve roles. Kapler added that catcher Jorge Alfaro will play every day if his mild right quadriceps strain isn't a bother.

SOLID YEAR

Nola has fallen off in September, but he's still having a career-best season. He avoided injuries to surpass 200 innings for the first time and ranks second in the NL with a 2.45 ERA.

BENCH QUESTIONS

Atlanta has been waiting for Adam Duvall, who went 1-for-3 Sunday, to seize the role as the team's primary source of right-handed power off the bench. But he's been a bust, hitting .104 with no RBIs in 31 games, a span 48 at-bats, since coming over in a trade with Cincinnati.

DROUGHT ENDS

Sanchez got his first hit since April 9, 2014, a span of 54 at-bats, with a single in the third. He crossed first base with his arms in the air as the Braves' dugout celebrated.

ATTENDANCE

The Braves, playing their last regular-season home game, announced 2,555,782 tickets sold. Their home average of 31,519 fans ranks 12th in the majors in just the second season at SunTrust Park. The Braves have been better on the road (45-30) than at home (43-38).

UP NEXT

Phillies RHP Zach Eflin (11-7, 4.09 ERA) will try to win his third straight start as Philadelphia opens a four-game series Monday at Colorado. The Braves are off Monday and begin a three-game series Tuesday at the New York Mets with RHP Touki Toussaint (2-1, 4.30 ERA) on the mound.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (7-6)L: A. Nola (16-6)S: S. Carle (1)
  • HR: PHI - S. Kingery (8), ATL - L. Adams (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Hoskins LF40000001.245.351.491.8420.0
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a- J. Bautista PH-RF10000010.199.339.369.708-0.5
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M. Franco 3B30100100.270.314.467.7802.0
R. Quinn PR00000000.278.322.444.7662.0
A. Altherr RF-CF20000101.183.297.336.6331.0
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c- A. Cabrera PH00000100.262.316.458.7741.0
P. Florimon PR00000000.231.286.431.7160.0
S. Kingery SS31211001.227.269.340.6088.0
A. Nola P20000001.050.066.067.1320.0
d- W. Ramos PH-C20000015.311.360.495.855-0.5
  • a-struck out for Herrera in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Altherr in the 9th
  • c-walked for Hunter in the 9th
  • d-struck out for Nola in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Culberson SS40000021.277.327.486.812-1.0
N. Markakis RF10000000.301.368.449.8170.0
P. Tucker RF30000000.228.300.407.7070.0
F. Freeman 1B10000000.311.389.506.8950.0
L. Duda 1B10000100.241.313.418.7311.0
T. Flowers C30000022.232.345.365.710-1.0
A. Duvall LF31100022.193.271.364.6352.0
R. Ruiz 3B30000011.000.300.000.300-0.5
L. Adams CF31221010.273.385.591.9768.5
R. Flaherty 2B30000011.217.295.293.588-0.5
A. Sanchez P10100000.026.050.026.0761.0
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M. Fried P0000-000.125.125.125.000-
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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S. Carle P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Sanchez in the 5th
  • b-lined out for Freeman in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Kingery (8)
  • RBI - S. Kingery (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, R. Hoskins, A. Altherr, W. Ramos 5 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Duvall (20), L. Adams
  • HR - L. Adams (2)
  • RBI - L. Adams 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Adams (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Duvall 2 (2), R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Quinn (9)
  • Picked Off - O. Herrera (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Nola-Hernandez-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (15)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 16-6)6.04221612.450.9812.0
V. Arano1.00000202.311.134.0
T. Hunter1.00000103.611.223.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 16-6)6.0
V. Arano1.0
T. Hunter1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 7-6)5.04110112.961.0917.5
M. Fried (H, 1)2.02001203.131.394.0
S. Freeman (H, 9)1.00000104.321.463.5
S. Carle (S, 1)1.00002002.861.228.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 7-6)5.0
M. Fried (H, 1)2.0
S. Freeman (H, 9)1.0
S. Carle (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 90-65, V. Arano 16-10, T. Hunter 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 23, V. Arano 3, T. Hunter 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Carle
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 57-42, M. Fried 35-21, S. Freeman 11-6, S. Carle 28-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-5, M. Fried 3-0, S. Freeman 1-1, S. Carle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 19, M. Fried 8, S. Freeman 3, S. Carle 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Hoskins LF40000001.245.351.491.8420.0
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C. Santana 1B40000000.229.353.414.7670.0
M. Franco 3B30100100.270.314.467.7802.0
R. Quinn PR00000000.278.322.444.7662.0
A. Altherr RF-CF20000101.183.297.336.6331.0
b- J. Bour PH10000001.229.345.410.7540.0
J. Alfaro C30100011.262.324.408.7330.5
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P. Florimon PR00000000.231.286.431.7160.0
S. Kingery SS31211001.227.269.340.6088.0
A. Nola P20000001.050.066.067.1320.0
d- W. Ramos PH-C20000015.311.360.495.855-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Herrera in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Altherr in the 9th
  • c-walked for Hunter in the 9th
  • d-struck out for Nola in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Culberson SS40000021.277.327.486.812-1.0
N. Markakis RF10000000.301.368.449.8170.0
P. Tucker RF30000000.228.300.407.7070.0
F. Freeman 1B10000000.311.389.506.8950.0
L. Duda 1B10000100.241.313.418.7311.0
T. Flowers C30000022.232.345.365.710-1.0
A. Duvall LF31100022.193.271.364.6352.0
R. Ruiz 3B30000011.000.300.000.300-0.5
L. Adams CF31221010.273.385.591.9768.5
R. Flaherty 2B30000011.217.295.293.588-0.5
A. Sanchez P10100000.026.050.026.0761.0
a- O. Albies PH10000000.265.310.457.7660.0
M. Fried P0000-000.125.125.125.000-
S. Freeman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Sanchez in the 5th
  • b-lined out for Freeman in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Kingery (8)
  • RBI - S. Kingery (34)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Hernandez, R. Hoskins, A. Altherr, W. Ramos 5 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Duvall (20), L. Adams
  • HR - L. Adams (2)
  • RBI - L. Adams 2 (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Adams (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Duvall 2 (2), R. Flaherty
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Quinn (9)
  • Picked Off - O. Herrera (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Nola-Hernandez-Santana)
  • E - M. Franco (15)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (L, 16-6)6.04221612.450.9812.0
V. Arano1.00000202.311.134.0
T. Hunter1.00000103.611.223.5
Total8.0422191---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (L, 16-6)6.0
V. Arano1.0
T. Hunter1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez (W, 7-6)5.04110112.961.0917.5
M. Fried (H, 1)2.02001203.131.394.0
S. Freeman (H, 9)1.00000104.321.463.5
S. Carle (S, 1)1.00002002.861.228.0
Total9.0611341---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez (W, 7-6)5.0
M. Fried (H, 1)2.0
S. Freeman (H, 9)1.0
S. Carle (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 90-65, V. Arano 16-10, T. Hunter 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 8-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 23, V. Arano 3, T. Hunter 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - S. Carle
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 57-42, M. Fried 35-21, S. Freeman 11-6, S. Carle 28-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 9-5, M. Fried 3-0, S. Freeman 1-1, S. Carle 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 19, M. Fried 8, S. Freeman 3, S. Carle 6
  • 5TH INNING
    Adams homered to left12
  • 3RD INNING
    Kingery homered to left11
  • 2ND INNING
    Adams doubled to left center, Duvall scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Shane Carle pitching
    • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana lined out to right
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco walked
    • Justin Bour hit for Aaron Altherr
    • Roman Quinn ran for Maikel Franco
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball (pitchout), Bour flied out to deep center
    • Asdrubal Cabrera hit for Tommy Hunter
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Quinn stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • Pedro Florimon ran for Asdrubal Cabrera
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery hit by pitch, Quinn to third, Florimon to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sam Freeman relieved Max Fried
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins flied out to deep center
    • Jose Bautista hit for Odubel Herrera
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tommy Hunter relieved Victor Arano
    • Ronald Acuna hit for Sam Freeman
    • R. Acuna: Ronald Acuna facing Tommy Hunter
    • O. Albies: Albies lined out to left
    • C. Culberson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • P. Tucker: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Tucker flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Fried Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to second
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Altherr walked
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Kingery singled to center, Altherr to second
    • Wilson Ramos hit for Aaron Nola
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Ramos struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Victor Arano pitching
    • R. Ruiz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
    • L. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Adams struck out looking
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Flaherty flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Max Fried pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Herrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Santana grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Culberson lined out to left
    • P. Tucker: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker safe at first on 3rd baseman Franco fielding error, Tucker to second
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • A. Duvall: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to center
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to third, Alfaro to second
    • A. Nola: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to third
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Ruiz: Ruiz grounded out to second
    • L. Adams: Foul, Adams homered to left
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • Ozzie Albies hit for Anibal Sanchez
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Albies grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Santana grounded out to third
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Franco reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Altherr popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda lined out to right
    • T. Flowers: Flowers lined out to center
    • A. Duvall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duvall struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro popped out to second
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kingery homered to left
    • A. Nola: Ball, Nola grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez reached on an infield single to second
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez singled to right center
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Culberson grounded out to second, Sanchez out at second
    • P. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tucker grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Preston Tucker in right field
    • Lucas Duda at first base
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana flied out to deep left
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to first
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Altherr grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
    • A. Duvall: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duvall doubled to deep right center
    • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ruiz grounded out to first, Duvall to third
    • L. Adams: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Adams doubled to left center, Duvall scored
    • R. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to first
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)