Donaldson leads HR parade as Braves beat Pivetta, Phillies

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves may have found new help for their starting rotation, just in time to possibly influence their trade deadline plans.

Rookie Bryse Wilson allowed only two runs in six innings, Josh Donaldson and Austin Riley hit three-run homers off Nick Pivetta and the Braves solidified their NL East lead by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 on Wednesday night.

Donaldson's homer gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Following Riley's blast, Matt Joyce added a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in Atlanta's six-run sixth.

Atlanta leads second-place Philadelphia by 5 1/2 games after splitting the first two games of the series.

Wilson (1-0) gave the depleted rotation a boost in only his fourth career start, including three this season.

The rotation has lost Mike Foltynewicz, a 2018 All-Star who was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 22, and Kevin Gausman, who was placed on the injured list on June 11 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Wilson, who opened the season in Atlanta before being sent back to the minors, was needed even following the recent addition of Dallas Keuchel.

Wilson's outing could impact the team's trade outlook. There has been much speculation the Braves could attempt to add another veteran starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline. Now Wilson showed he may be an option to remain in Atlanta.

''That was a really encouraging, positive outing right there,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Wilson, who gave up four earned runs in a loss at Chicago on Thursday, relied heavily on his fastball against the Phillies.

''To get the results I was looking for was really nice,'' Wilson said, adding that beating the division-rival Phillies ''just makes it that much more special.''

Bryce Harper hit a line-drive homer to left field in the sixth. It was his 200th career homer and 1,000th career hit. According to the Phillies, it marked the first time in major league history a player reached milestones in hits and homers on the same swing.

Harper, aware of the significance of the homer, signaled for the ball as he ran around the bases. He had his wish granted by a fan who threw the ball back onto the field.

''I got lucky I got some nice fans out there to throw it back to me,'' Harper said, adding he enjoyed the double milestone on one homer.

Wilson, 21, faded in the sixth, when he allowed Harper's 16th homer, Rhys Hoskins' double to left field and J.T. Realmuto's run-scoring single to left. Realmuto was thrown out at second to end the inning after Hoskins scored to cut Atlanta's lead to 3-2.

The Braves pulled away with six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth. Pivetta (4-3) allowed six runs, five earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: RHP David Robertson, trying to return from right elbow soreness, threw 19 pitches in the bullpen. He hasn't pitched since April 14. Robertson threw his fastball ''with more conviction'' according to manager Gabe Kapler. ... RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right biceps tendinitis) will play catch on Friday. ... Nicasio suffered a mild left groin strain while giving up three runs and recording only one out. He will be evaluated Thursday.

HIGHLIGHT CATCHES

Scott Kingery made two highlight-worthy catches in center field. He raced in to catch a sinking liner hit by Nick Markakis in the sixth and made a diving snag of Donaldson's fly ball in the right-center gap in the seventh. Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. also made a diving catch of Jean Segura's drive to the right-center gap in the eighth.

DON'T LOOK NOW

The Phillies are only one-half game ahead of third-place Washington in the division. Harper, the former Nationals star, isn't surprised his old team is moving up. ''I think we all knew that was going to happen,'' he said.

SELLOUT

The sellout of 40,147 set a Wednesday record for SunTrust Park. All five games against the Phillies have been sellouts.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (7-7, 3.34 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in three career starts against the Braves. He has not faced Atlanta this season.

Braves: All-Star RHP Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.13) will be the second straight rookie to face the Phillies as the three-game series ends.

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  • W: B. Wilson (1-0)L: N. Pivetta (4-3)
  • HR: PHI - B. Harper (16), ATL - M. Joyce (3), J. Donaldson (16), A. Riley (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Kingery CF40000031.310.359.571.929-1.5
J. Segura SS30000101.272.317.449.7661.0
B. Harper RF31111101.248.365.473.8387.0
R. Hoskins 1B41100021.262.395.522.9172.0
J. Realmuto C30210111.270.327.436.7633.5
J. Bruce LF40100002.232.286.552.8381.0
C. Hernandez 2B40000013.280.334.421.756-0.5
M. Franco 3B30100000.225.292.407.6991.0
N. Pivetta P10000010.087.087.087.174-0.5
J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Suarez P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- S. Rodriguez PH10000010.200.308.309.617-0.5
J. Hammer P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Suarez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40100031.292.373.506.879-0.5
D. Swanson SS41100001.269.331.477.8082.0
F. Freeman 1B42100011.308.393.581.9742.5
J. Donaldson 3B32131100.252.361.483.84410.0
N. Markakis RF40000002.275.351.425.7760.0
A. Riley LF41131010.266.317.578.8957.5
J. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B41200000.281.341.467.8095.0
T. Flowers C41110001.250.335.447.7834.0
B. Wilson P20100010.167.167.167.3330.5
a- M. Joyce PH11121000.299.393.506.9007.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Culberson PH-LF10000001.328.373.590.9630.0
  • a-homered for Wilson in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Newcomb in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (17)
  • HR - B. Harper (16)
  • SH - N. Pivetta
  • RBI - B. Harper (60), J. Realmuto (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (21), J. Realmuto (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, J. Bruce, C. Hernandez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 2 (18), T. Flowers (5)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (16), A. Riley (15), M. Joyce (3)
  • RBI - J. Donaldson 3 (42), A. Riley 3 (40), T. Flowers (16), M. Joyce 2 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Riley 3 (17), T. Flowers (7), M. Joyce 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, C. Culberson
FIELDING
  • E - R. Hoskins (6)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Riley (3)
  • DP - (Swanson-Donaldson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta (L, 4-3)5.25651425.841.481.0
J. Nicasio0.14330015.241.66-7.0
R. Suarez1.00000104.321.563.5
J. Hammer1.01000103.861.212.5
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta (L, 4-3)5.2
J. Nicasio0.1
R. Suarez1.0
J. Hammer1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Wilson (W, 1-0)6.05222516.141.5721.5
S. Newcomb2.00000202.481.337.0
J. Webb1.01001201.191.092.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Wilson (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Newcomb2.0
J. Webb1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 86-56, J. Nicasio 14-10, R. Suarez 14-7, J. Hammer 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 6-8, J. Hammer 1-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 24, J. Nicasio 5, R. Suarez 3, J. Hammer 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Wilson 86-60, S. Newcomb 34-22, J. Webb 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Wilson 4-7, S. Newcomb 2-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Wilson 23, S. Newcomb 6, J. Webb 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Kingery CF40000031.310.359.571.929-1.5
J. Segura SS30000101.272.317.449.7661.0
B. Harper RF31111101.248.365.473.8387.0
R. Hoskins 1B41100021.262.395.522.9172.0
J. Realmuto C30210111.270.327.436.7633.5
J. Bruce LF40100002.232.286.552.8381.0
C. Hernandez 2B40000013.280.334.421.756-0.5
M. Franco 3B30100000.225.292.407.6991.0
N. Pivetta P10000010.087.087.087.174-0.5
J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Suarez P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
a- S. Rodriguez PH10000010.200.308.309.617-0.5
J. Hammer P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Suarez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Acuna CF40100031.292.373.506.879-0.5
D. Swanson SS41100001.269.331.477.8082.0
F. Freeman 1B42100011.308.393.581.9742.5
J. Donaldson 3B32131100.252.361.483.84410.0
N. Markakis RF40000002.275.351.425.7760.0
A. Riley LF41131010.266.317.578.8957.5
J. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
O. Albies 2B41200000.281.341.467.8095.0
T. Flowers C41110001.250.335.447.7834.0
B. Wilson P20100010.167.167.167.3330.5
a- M. Joyce PH11121000.299.393.506.9007.0
S. Newcomb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Culberson PH-LF10000001.328.373.590.9630.0
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  • a-homered for Wilson in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Newcomb in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Hoskins (17)
  • HR - B. Harper (16)
  • SH - N. Pivetta
  • RBI - B. Harper (60), J. Realmuto (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Harper (21), J. Realmuto (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Segura, J. Bruce, C. Hernandez 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Albies 2 (18), T. Flowers (5)
  • HR - J. Donaldson (16), A. Riley (15), M. Joyce (3)
  • RBI - J. Donaldson 3 (42), A. Riley 3 (40), T. Flowers (16), M. Joyce 2 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Riley 3 (17), T. Flowers (7), M. Joyce 2 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna, D. Swanson, C. Culberson
FIELDING
  • E - R. Hoskins (6)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Riley (3)
  • DP - (Swanson-Donaldson-Freeman)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Pivetta (L, 4-3)5.25651425.841.481.0
J. Nicasio0.14330015.241.66-7.0
R. Suarez1.00000104.321.563.5
J. Hammer1.01000103.861.212.5
Total8.01098163---
PITCHERSIP
N. Pivetta (L, 4-3)5.2
J. Nicasio0.1
R. Suarez1.0
J. Hammer1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Wilson (W, 1-0)6.05222516.141.5721.5
S. Newcomb2.00000202.481.337.0
J. Webb1.01001201.191.092.0
Total9.0622391---
PITCHERSIP
B. Wilson (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Newcomb2.0
J. Webb1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Pivetta 86-56, J. Nicasio 14-10, R. Suarez 14-7, J. Hammer 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Pivetta 6-8, J. Hammer 1-1
  • Batters Faced - N. Pivetta 24, J. Nicasio 5, R. Suarez 3, J. Hammer 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Wilson 86-60, S. Newcomb 34-22, J. Webb 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Wilson 4-7, S. Newcomb 2-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Wilson 23, S. Newcomb 6, J. Webb 5
  • 6TH INNING
    Joyce homered to right, Flowers scored29
    Flowers doubled to left center, Albies scored27
    Riley homered to center, Freeman and Donaldson scored26
    Realmuto singled to left, Hoskins scored, Realmuto out at second23
    Harper homered to left center13
  • 4TH INNING
    Donaldson homered to center, Swanson and Freeman scored03
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sean Rodriguez hit for Ranger Suarez
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • JD Hammer pitching
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riley struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Albies doubled to right
    • T. Flowers: Flowers grounded out to shortstop
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Sean Newcomb
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Culberson flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sean Newcomb pitching
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce flied out to left
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to second
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Franco grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ranger Suarez relieved Juan Nicasio
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Freeman struck out on foul tip
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Donaldson lined out to center
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Markakis lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Segura popped out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Harper homered to left center
    • R. Hoskins: Hoskins doubled to deep left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Realmuto singled to left, Hoskins scored, Realmuto out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Swanson flied out to deep right
    • F. Freeman: Freeman singled to left
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Freeman to second
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Markakis lined out to center
    • A. Riley: Strike swinging, Riley homered to center, Freeman and Donaldson scored
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Nick Pivetta
    • O. Albies: Albies doubled to right
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Flowers doubled to left center, Albies scored
    • Matt Joyce hit for Bryse Wilson
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Joyce homered to right, Flowers scored
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Acuna reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • D. Swanson: Swanson popped out to first
    • End of the 6th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • M. Franco: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Franco flied out to right
    • N. Pivetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pivetta struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Flowers fouled out to third
    • B. Wilson: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wilson struck out looking
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper flied out to shallow left
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hoskins struck out looking
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto singled to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Bruce flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Swanson singled to left
    • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Freeman reached on fielder's choice to first, Swanson to third on 1st baseman Hoskins throwing error
    • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson homered to center, Swanson and Freeman scored
    • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Markakis grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Riley: Riley grounded out to third
    • O. Albies: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Albies flied out to deep right
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • M. Franco: Franco singled to left
    • N. Pivetta: Ball, Strike looking, Pivetta hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Franco to second
    • S. Kingery: Kingery grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Segura grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flowers grounded out to third
    • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wilson singled to center
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins flied out to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bruce flied out to deep center
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to first
    • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Markakis popped out to shortstop
    • A. Riley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Riley flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • B. Wilson Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Segura out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson lined out to right
    • F. Freeman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Freeman flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)