Nola, Bruce power Phillies past Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Aaron Nola wanted to make up for his most recent start against the Braves, a no-decision last month in which he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

This time, Nola had full command of his fastball, and the deep Atlanta lineup couldn't solve him.

''That's a big win tonight for us, especially over here against these guys,'' Nola said. ''They've been playing really good this past month to month and a half. Winning the first game of a series is always big.''

Nola pitched eight innings, Jay Bruce hit a two-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies spoiled Dallas Keuchel's home debut with Atlanta, beating the Braves 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Nola (7-2) allowed four hits, struck out eight and walked three in his second consecutive scoreless outing. He threw a career-high 117 pitches before Hector Neris finished for his 17th save in 19 chances, striking out the side.

The second-place Phillies, winners of six of eight, trimmed the Braves' NL East lead to 4 1/2 games in front of the seventh sellout at SunTrust Park this season. Atlanta, shut out for just the second time this season, dropped two in a row for the first time since June 5-6, a span of 24 games.

It marked the sixth time this year that the Braves, whose 56 homers in June set a franchise high for a calendar month, were held to four or fewer hits.

''(Nola) didn't throw many heaters and when he did throw one it was perfectly placed in a spot where he was setting up his off-speed,'' Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman said. ''Sometimes good pitchers shut down good offenses.''

Philadelphia went ahead to stay in the fourth. With two out and runners on first and second, Bruce doubled to right to give him 22 RBIs in 23 games with the Phillies.

Keuchel (1-2) allowed five hits in seven innings in his third start with the Braves.

''One pitch got me tonight, but I was able to get through seven,'' Keuchel said. ''Seven's really the benchmark for me. I don't really feel whole unless it's seven-plus, so that's what I strive for every time out.''

But it wasn't good enough against Nola, who has been dominant of late.

The ace right-hander, who was still hitting 95 mph on the radar gun in the eighth, has a 0.39 ERA over his last three starts. He is 9-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 15 career starts versus Atlanta.

''He proved that he could go deeper into the game,'' Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. ''He proved that his body was bouncing back for him, that he could handle the volume and that he was staying in his delivery. He ended it just the way an ace does.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto went 1 for 3 and scored on Bruce's double after he tested his left hamstring by running the bases before the game. He left Sunday's win at Miami in the sixth inning.

Braves: RHP Anthony Swarzak, on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation, underwent an MRI that showed no structural damage. Manager Brian Snitker said Swarzak appears on schedule to return July 12 when Atlanta begins a three-game series at San Diego. ... CF Ender Inciarte has started a rehab assignment and will need a couple weeks before he's ready to return from a lumbar strain.

MOURNING

Kapler is grieving the loss of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who died Monday at 27. Kapler and Skaggs, both California natives, were part of a group of players who worked out at Pepperdine University in the winters of 2007 and '08.

''Tyler Skaggs was a friend of mine, somebody I worked out with for several offseasons,'' Kapler said. ''It is a really sad time for baseball. We lost someone who's honest, open, caring, humble and hard-working. He was all those things. Our thoughts and condolences go out to him and the Angels family. It's a big loss.''

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-2, 5.63 ERA) has a 6.35 ERA in two starts against Atlanta this year.

Braves: RHP Bryse Wilson (0-0, 8.31 ERA) gave up four runs and five hits and walked four in 3 1/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs last week.

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  • W: A. Nola (7-2)L: D. Keuchel (1-2)S: H. Neris (17)
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J. Bruce LF40120013.232.286.557.8433.5
R. Quinn CF00000000.111.200.133.3330.0
C. Hernandez 2B40100004.283.338.427.7651.0
M. Franco 3B40000001.224.292.408.7000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Nola in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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D. Swanson SS40100001.269.332.480.8121.0
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J. Donaldson 3B20000210.251.360.474.8341.5
N. Markakis RF40200011.278.355.430.7862.5
A. Riley LF40000024.266.319.568.887-1.0
B. McCann C30100011.268.339.463.8020.5
O. Albies 2B30000001.278.340.461.8010.0
D. Keuchel P20000021.200.333.200.533-1.0
a- M. Joyce PH10000000.289.386.461.8470.0
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  • a-grounded out for Keuchel in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (16), J. Bruce (17)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce 2 (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, J. Realmuto, C. Hernandez 4 (4), S. Rodriguez
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, A. Riley 3 (3), B. McCann
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hoskins-Segura)
  • E - S. Kingery (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 7-2)8.04003803.891.3331.0
H. Neris (S, 17)1.00000303.091.0311.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 7-2)8.0
H. Neris (S, 17)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 1-2)7.05222304.081.4711.5
C. Sobotka1.01001005.821.471.0
J. Blevins0.21000104.111.57-0.5
J. Tomlin0.10000003.910.980.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 1-2)7.0
C. Sobotka1.0
J. Blevins0.2
J. Tomlin0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 117-73, H. Neris 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 4-11
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 30, H. Neris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Sobotka
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 97-55, C. Sobotka 12-7, J. Blevins 10-7, J. Tomlin 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 12-6, C. Sobotka 1-1, J. Tomlin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 28, C. Sobotka 4, J. Blevins 3, J. Tomlin
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS41200001.275.318.453.7713.0
B. Harper RF40000012.247.364.465.829-0.5
R. Hoskins 1B20100201.263.397.522.9193.0
J. Realmuto C31100102.266.322.434.7554.0
J. Bruce LF40120013.232.286.557.8433.5
R. Quinn CF00000000.111.200.133.3330.0
C. Hernandez 2B40100004.283.338.427.7651.0
M. Franco 3B40000001.224.292.408.7000.0
A. Nola P30000020.031.162.031.193-1.0
a- S. Rodriguez PH10000001.204.313.315.6270.0
H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Nola in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF30000131.292.375.509.883-0.5
D. Swanson SS40100001.269.332.480.8121.0
F. Freeman 1B40000011.309.395.585.979-0.5
J. Donaldson 3B20000210.251.360.474.8341.5
N. Markakis RF40200011.278.355.430.7862.5
A. Riley LF40000024.266.319.568.887-1.0
B. McCann C30100011.268.339.463.8020.5
O. Albies 2B30000001.278.340.461.8010.0
D. Keuchel P20000021.200.333.200.533-1.0
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  • a-grounded out for Keuchel in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Realmuto (16), J. Bruce (17)
  • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (50)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce 2 (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, J. Realmuto, C. Hernandez 4 (4), S. Rodriguez
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Markakis (18)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, A. Riley 3 (3), B. McCann
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hoskins-Segura)
  • E - S. Kingery (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 7-2)8.04003803.891.3331.0
H. Neris (S, 17)1.00000303.091.0311.5
Total9.04003110---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 7-2)8.0
H. Neris (S, 17)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (L, 1-2)7.05222304.081.4711.5
C. Sobotka1.01001005.821.471.0
J. Blevins0.21000104.111.57-0.5
J. Tomlin0.10000003.910.980.0
Total9.0722340---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (L, 1-2)7.0
C. Sobotka1.0
J. Blevins0.2
J. Tomlin0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 117-73, H. Neris 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 4-11
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 30, H. Neris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Sobotka
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 97-55, C. Sobotka 12-7, J. Blevins 10-7, J. Tomlin 5-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 12-6, C. Sobotka 1-1, J. Tomlin 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 28, C. Sobotka 4, J. Blevins 3, J. Tomlin
  • 4TH INNING
    Bruce doubled to deep right, Segura and Realmuto scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Chad Sobotka
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez singled to right center
    • M. Franco: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Franco flied out to deep left
    • Sean Rodriguez hit for Aaron Nola
    • Josh Tomlin relieved Jerry Blevins
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Roman Quinn in center field
    • Hector Neris pitching
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Chad Sobotka pitching
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura singled to center
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Segura out at second
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Hoskins to second on wild pitch, Realmuto lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Acuna struck out on foul tip
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swanson flied out to right
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Freeman struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Foul, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, McCann popped out to shortstop
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to catcher
    • Matt Joyce hit for Dallas Keuchel
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins walked
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto doubled to deep right, Hoskins to third
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce grounded out to first
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Swanson grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Freeman flied out to deep left
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to center, Donaldson to second
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Riley popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nola grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Kingery reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kingery out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • B. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann singled to deep right center, McCann to second on left fielder Kingery fielding error
    • O. Albies: Albies flied out to center
    • D. Keuchel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura singled to left
    • B. Harper: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to pitcher, Segura to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • J. Bruce: Bruce doubled to deep right, Segura and Realmuto scored
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman lined out to right
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis flied out to shallow left
    • A. Riley: Riley flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Nola: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kingery lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Albies flied out to center
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Keuchel struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Swanson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hoskins singled to left
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto lined out to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce flied out to deep center
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Donaldson lined out to shortstop
    • N. Markakis: Strike swinging, Markakis doubled to left center
    • A. Riley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Kingery lined out to third
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harper grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Swanson singled to left center
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Freeman grounded into double play shortstop to first, Swanson out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)