Nola, Hernandez lead Phillies past Braves 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola finished off a stellar season in typically dominant fashion.

Nola pitched seven shutout innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap a nine-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

In his final start of the year, Nola (17-6) allowed two hits and struck out eight with four walks. The right-hander ended 2018 with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings. He likely will fall short of a NL Cy Young award after stumbling a bit in September. Nola entered 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA and nine home runs allowed in September before returning to the form his displayed for most of the season on Saturday.

''It feels good,'' Nola said, ''but I think it feels better for us as a team.''

Rather than focus on any particular statistic, Nola said he was happiest about staying healthy and making all of his starts. His aim every outing is a team goal.

''Just try to win ballgames and try to go deep in ballgames,'' he said.

After taking a month off, Nola will begin tuning up for 2019.

''Just stay consistent, keep working on my delivery and try to learn more and more about the game,'' he said.

Cesar Hernandez had a two-run single in the seventh inning to back Nola.

The NL East champion Braves will play either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, and Atlanta still could host the series. The Braves (90-71) and Dodgers have the same record entering the regular-season finale on Sunday while Colorado entered Saturday with a 90-70 mark.

Atlanta had no answer for Nola.

''You just try to keep it close and hopefully his clicker will run out,'' manager Brian Snitker said. ''We just couldn't get anything going.''

Nola allowed only Ronald Acuna Jr.'s single to lead off the game and Nick Markakis' single to start the fourth. The closest the Braves came to scoring was in the second inning when Nola walked the first two batters. But the right-hander got Kurt Suzuki to line out, struck out Ozzie Albies and then intentionally walked Charlie Culberson to load the bases before finally striking out starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez matched Nola, giving up three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in six shutout innings.

''He did everything he could do to get us a chance,'' Snitker said.

With one out and two runners on in the seventh, manager Gabe Kapler chose to pinch-hit for Nola. Jonny Venters (5-2) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos to load the bases before Hernandez hit a sharp liner under shortstop Culberson's glove into left field that scored two. Odubel Herrera helped the Phillies take a 3-0 lead when he beat out a potential double-play grounder to short.

Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.

The victory was Philadelphia's first since Sept. 19. The Phillies' slide started with a four-game sweep at Atlanta last weekend when they still were mathematically alive in the playoff race. The Phillies were outscored 70-21 during the losing streak that capped a late-season collapse. Philadelphia went from 15 games over .500 and 1 1/2 games in front of Atlanta for first place on Aug. 7 to four games under .500 and 12 games back of the Braves on Sept. 28.

NOLA NUMBERS

Nola joined Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander as the only Phillies pitchers to strike out 200 or more batters and hold opponents to a batting average of .200 or lower. And the right-hander is the fourth Philadelphia hurler to record 224 or more strikeouts in a season, joining Jim Bunning, Alexander and Curt Schilling.

MARKAKIS' MILESTONE

Markakis played in his 2,000th game, becoming the fifth active player to reach the milestone. Adrian Beltre (2,931), Albert Pujols (2,692), Miguel Cabrera (2,264) and Robinson Cano (2,077) are the active players ahead of Markakis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: C Jorge Alfaro (quad) was replaced by Andrew Knapp at the start of the third inning.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.93) opposes Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (1-1, 6.00) on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale.

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  • W: A. Nola (17-6)L: J. Venters (5-2)S: S. Dominguez (15)
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K. Suzuki C40000014.271.332.444.776-0.5
O. Albies 2B40000025.263.306.455.761-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40120000.253.357.358.7153.0
C. Santana 3B20100200.228.353.415.7673.0
O. Herrera RF-LF40010004.255.311.422.7331.0
R. Hoskins 1B30100111.245.353.495.8482.5
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A. Knapp C20000020.201.295.321.616-1.0
A. Nola P20000010.048.063.065.128-0.5
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N. Williams PR01000000.256.324.425.7491.0
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  • a-walked for Cozens in the 7th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Nola in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, O. Albies 3 (3), A. Sanchez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (37)
  • SH - R. Quinn, A. Knapp
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (59), O. Herrera (71)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Herrera, R. Quinn 4 (4), S. Kingery, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Quinn (10)
  • CS - R. Quinn (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kingery-Santana-Hoskins; Santana-Kingery-Hernandez)
  • E - C. Santana (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez6.03003702.831.0818.5
J. Venters (L, 5-2)0.22333003.711.24-13.0
D. Winkler0.10001003.431.19-1.0
T. Toussaint1.00000304.031.344.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez6.0
J. Venters (L, 5-2)0.2
D. Winkler0.1
T. Toussaint1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 17-6)7.02004802.370.9729.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.00000105.211.313.5
S. Dominguez (S, 15)1.00001103.000.959.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 17-6)7.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.0
S. Dominguez (S, 15)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Venters (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-63, J. Venters 14-6, D. Winkler 10-6, T. Toussaint 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-3, J. Venters 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 23, J. Venters 7, D. Winkler 2, T. Toussaint 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Nola (4)
  • IBB - A. Nola (3)
  • HBP - A. Nola (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 88-55, H. Neris 9-7, S. Dominguez 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-2, S. Dominguez 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, H. Neris 3, S. Dominguez 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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F. Freeman 1B40000021.310.387.506.893-1.0
N. Markakis RF10100300.298.367.441.8084.0
J. Camargo 3B30000123.272.350.457.8070.0
K. Suzuki C40000014.271.332.444.776-0.5
O. Albies 2B40000025.263.306.455.761-1.0
C. Culberson SS10000100.273.327.471.7982.0
A. Sanchez P20000014.024.048.024.072-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Winkler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40120000.253.357.358.7153.0
C. Santana 3B20100200.228.353.415.7673.0
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R. Hoskins 1B30100111.245.353.495.8482.5
R. Quinn CF30100014.273.326.430.7561.5
D. Cozens LF10000111.167.286.306.5910.5
a- J. Bautista PH-RF11000110.199.344.376.7201.5
S. Kingery SS31100121.228.269.342.6102.0
J. Alfaro C10000012.262.324.407.731-0.5
A. Knapp C20000020.201.295.321.616-1.0
A. Nola P20000010.048.063.065.128-0.5
b- W. Ramos PH00000100.307.359.488.8471.0
N. Williams PR01000000.256.324.425.7491.0
H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Dominguez P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
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  • a-walked for Cozens in the 7th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Nola in the 7th
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Camargo, O. Albies 3 (3), A. Sanchez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (37)
  • SH - R. Quinn, A. Knapp
  • RBI - C. Hernandez 2 (59), O. Herrera (71)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Herrera, R. Quinn 4 (4), S. Kingery, J. Alfaro 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - R. Quinn (10)
  • CS - R. Quinn (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Kingery-Santana-Hoskins; Santana-Kingery-Hernandez)
  • E - C. Santana (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Sanchez6.03003702.831.0818.5
J. Venters (L, 5-2)0.22333003.711.24-13.0
D. Winkler0.10001003.431.19-1.0
T. Toussaint1.00000304.031.344.5
Total8.05337100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Sanchez6.0
J. Venters (L, 5-2)0.2
D. Winkler0.1
T. Toussaint1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 17-6)7.02004802.370.9729.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.00000105.211.313.5
S. Dominguez (S, 15)1.00001103.000.959.5
Total9.02005100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 17-6)7.0
H. Neris (H, 3)1.0
S. Dominguez (S, 15)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Venters (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 95-63, J. Venters 14-6, D. Winkler 10-6, T. Toussaint 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-3, J. Venters 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 23, J. Venters 7, D. Winkler 2, T. Toussaint 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Nola (4)
  • IBB - A. Nola (3)
  • HBP - A. Nola (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 88-55, H. Neris 9-7, S. Dominguez 17-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-2, S. Dominguez 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, H. Neris 3, S. Dominguez 5
  • 7TH INNING
    Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Williams scored, Hernandez to third, Santana out at second03
    Hernandez singled to shallow left, Bautista and Kingery scored, Williams to second02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Seranthony Dominguez relieved Hector Neris
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Suzuki safe at first on 3rd baseman Santana throwing error, Markakis to third, Suzuki to second
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Hector Neris pitching
    • Rio Ruiz hit for Dan Winkler
    • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ruiz struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Acuna fouled out to catcher
    • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Touki Toussaint pitching
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • K. Suzuki: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to second
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Culberson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jonny Venters relieved Anibal Sanchez
    • Jose Bautista at designated hitter
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • S. Kingery: Kingery reached on bunt single to pitcher, Bautista to second
    • A. Knapp: Knapp hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Bautista to third, Kingery to second
    • Wilson Ramos hit for Aaron Nola
    • W. Ramos: Ramos intentionally walked
    • Nick Williams ran for Wilson Ramos
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to shallow left, Bautista and Kingery scored, Williams to second
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana walked, Williams to third, Hernandez to second
    • O. Herrera: Herrera reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Williams scored, Hernandez to third, Santana out at second
    • Dan Winkler relieved Jonny Venters
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins walked, Herrera to second
    • R. Quinn: Strike (foul tip), Quinn flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Inciarte grounded out to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Markakis walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike swinging, Foul, Camargo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Foul, Santana singled to shallow left
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded out to second, Santana to second
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • R. Quinn: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Culberson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Culberson hit by pitch
    • A. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop, Culberson out at second
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • A. Knapp: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Markakis singled to shallow right
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
    • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins doubled to deep left
    • R. Quinn: Ball, Quinn hit sacrifice bunt to third, Hoskins to third
    • D. Cozens: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cozens struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Andrew Knapp catching
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna grounded out to third
    • E. Inciarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Nola flied out to deep right
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis walked
    • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Camargo walked, Markakis to second
    • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki lined out to right, Markakis to third
    • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Camargo to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Albies struck out looking
    • C. Culberson: Culberson intentionally walked
    • A. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Hoskins grounded out to second
    • R. Quinn: Quinn reached on bunt single to pitcher
    • D. Cozens: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Quinn stole second, Ball, Ball, Cozens walked
    • S. Kingery: Pickoff attempt to second, Strike looking, Quinn caught stealing third, catcher to third, Cozens to second, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kingery walked
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Acuna singled to deep right center
    • E. Inciarte: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Inciarte lined out to center
    • F. Freeman: Freeman grounded out to third, Acuna out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sanchez Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to left
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)