Flowers, Keuchel help Braves beat Phillies 3-1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dallas Keuchel made the Philadelphia Phillies look foolish for not calling him when he was available.

Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, Keuchel struck out eight in six innings and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 3-1 Wednesday night.

The Braves reduced their magic number to eight. They have a 9 1/2-game lead over Washington with 15 left.

The Phillies and New York Mets are tied, two games behind the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot.

Keuchel (8-5) gave up one run and three hits to win his fifth straight start.

Despite a suspect rotation, the Phillies didn't pursue Keuchel in free agency while he sat for several months. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner eventually signed a one-year, $13 million deal with Atlanta in June.

''I think a lot of those guys over there in the front office are second-guessing themselves and I would, too,'' Keuchel said.

Keuchel lowered his ERA to 3.35 and the Braves are 10-6 in his starts.

''The guy competes,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. ''He leaves it out there every time he pitches. I mean, he gives everything he has out there.''

Chris Martin struck out the side on nine pitches in the seventh. Shane Greene worked the eighth and Mark Melancon finished for his 10th save in 10 tries with Atlanta.

Melancon got some defensive help to close it. With two runners on and one out, shortstop Dansby Swanson made a leaping catch on pinch-hitter Brad Miller's liner up the middle. Third baseman Josh Donaldson then reached over the dugout railing and snared Maikel Franco's foul pop.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (8-12) allowed three unearned runs and three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

''He had a difficult time putting hitters away,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''He didn't get one pitch up enough and Flowers punished it.''

Donaldson reached on shortstop Jean Segura's throwing error with one out in the fourth and Matt Joyce followed with a single. After pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega struck out, Flowers drove a 2-2 fastball into the left-field seats to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.

Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins hit consecutive singles to start the bottom half of the inning. Harper scored on Scott Kingery's fielder's choice grounder to cut it to 3-1.

The Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but Harper grounded into a double play.

''I have to get the job done there,'' Harper said.

Harper saved a run in the ninth when he made a perfect, no-hop throw to the plate to retire Austin Riley trying to score from second on a single by Ozzie Albies. He has 12 outfield assists, one shy of his career-best.

ROLLING

The Braves are 19-4 since Aug. 17 and 44-28 on the road this season. Their .611 road winning percentage is tops in the National League.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: LF Johan Camargo left the game after fouling a ball off his right leg below the knee in the fourth inning. Snitker said he's day-to-day with a contusion. ... RF Nick Markakis took live batting practice and threw from the outfield. He'll do it again Thursday. He could return this weekend against the Nationals.

Phillies: LF Corey Dickerson left the game with left foot soreness after grounding out in the sixth. X-rays were negative. ... RHP Edubray Ramos threw 15 pitches in a live batting practice session. It's still uncertain when Ramos could return to the bullpen.

UP NEXT

RHP Julio Teheran (10-8, 3.31 ERA) starts for the Braves and LHP Drew Smyly (3-6, 6.65) goes for the Phillies on Thursday night.

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  • W: D. Keuchel (8-5)L: Z. Eflin (8-12)S: M. Melancon (11)
  • HR: ATL - T. Flowers (11)
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  • a-struck out for Camargo in the 4th
  • b-lined out for Keuchel in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Greene in the 9th
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C. Dickerson LF30000011.304.341.565.906-0.5
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C. Hernandez 2B30100121.279.333.397.7311.0
S. Rodriguez 3B20000001.210.310.370.6800.0
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M. Franco 3B10000002.236.299.415.7140.0
  • a-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Vincent in the 9th
  • c-singled for Garcia in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Irvin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (10)
  • HR - T. Flowers (11)
  • RBI - T. Flowers 3 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Flowers 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (43), O. Albies 3 (3), F. Freeman (38), J. Donaldson
BATTING
  • RBI - S. Kingery (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (64), C. Hernandez, S. Rodriguez, M. Franco (28)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - B. Hamilton (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Harper (12)
  • DP - (Realmuto)
  • E - J. Segura (18)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 8-5)6.03113803.351.3025.0
C. Martin (H, 17)1.00000303.611.054.5
S. Greene (H, 9)1.00001002.200.992.0
M. Melancon (S, 11)1.02000003.921.398.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 8-5)6.0
C. Martin (H, 17)1.0
S. Greene (H, 9)1.0
M. Melancon (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 8-12)3.23303514.201.340.5
E. Garcia1.11000206.211.683.0
C. Irvin2.01001206.751.535.0
M. Morin1.00001004.031.102.0
N. Vincent1.02001105.051.510.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 8-12)3.2
E. Garcia1.1
C. Irvin2.0
M. Morin1.0
N. Vincent1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel (5)
  • HBP - D. Keuchel (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 97-55, C. Martin 9-9, S. Greene 26-15, M. Melancon 27-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 6-3, S. Greene 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 24, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 4, M. Melancon 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - N. Vincent (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 95-61, E. Garcia 19-13, C. Irvin 25-18, M. Morin 8-4, N. Vincent 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 3-4, C. Irvin 2-2, M. Morin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 18, E. Garcia 4, C. Irvin 8, M. Morin 3, N. Vincent 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Acuna CF-RF20000312.282.367.514.8822.5
O. Albies 2B50200011.289.347.487.8341.5
F. Freeman 1B30100102.305.396.572.9682.0
J. Donaldson 3B41000012.258.382.539.9210.5
M. Joyce RF31100100.290.400.473.8733.0
B. Hamilton PR-CF00000000.215.280.272.5520.0
J. Camargo LF10000000.233.279.384.6630.0
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T. Flowers C41131020.235.325.433.7587.0
D. Swanson SS30000130.253.325.440.765-0.5
D. Keuchel P20100010.152.176.182.3580.5
b- C. Culberson PH10000000.267.302.450.7530.0
C. Martin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Greene P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Riley PH10100000.237.292.494.7862.0
M. Melancon P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Camargo in the 4th
  • b-lined out for Keuchel in the 7th
  • c-doubled for Greene in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS30000110.282.327.426.7540.5
J. Realmuto C30000010.280.333.501.8340.5
B. Harper RF21100203.255.374.499.8736.0
R. Hoskins 1B40100012.236.374.474.8480.5
S. Kingery CF40010021.264.323.494.8170.0
C. Dickerson LF30000011.304.341.565.906-0.5
A. Haseley LF10100000.265.320.401.7211.0
C. Hernandez 2B30100121.279.333.397.7311.0
S. Rodriguez 3B20000001.210.310.370.6800.0
a- J. Bruce PH10000010.226.273.541.814-0.5
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N. Vincent P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Miller PH10000002.230.320.451.7720.0
Z. Eflin P10000010.186.186.209.395-0.5
E. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Gosselin PH10100000.275.302.333.6351.0
C. Irvin P0000-000.167.375.167.000-
d- L. Morrison PH10000010.227.292.545.837-0.5
M. Franco 3B10000002.236.299.415.7140.0
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  • a-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 7th
  • b-lined out for Vincent in the 9th
  • c-singled for Garcia in the 5th
  • d-struck out for Irvin in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Riley (10)
  • HR - T. Flowers (11)
  • RBI - T. Flowers 3 (34)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Flowers 3 (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Acuna (43), O. Albies 3 (3), F. Freeman (38), J. Donaldson
BATTING
  • RBI - S. Kingery (54)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (64), C. Hernandez, S. Rodriguez, M. Franco (28)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - B. Hamilton (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Harper (12)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Albies-Swanson-Freeman)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - B. Harper (12)
  • DP - (Realmuto)
  • E - J. Segura (18)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Keuchel (W, 8-5)6.03113803.351.3025.0
C. Martin (H, 17)1.00000303.611.054.5
S. Greene (H, 9)1.00001002.200.992.0
M. Melancon (S, 11)1.02000003.921.398.0
Total9.05114110---
PITCHERSIP
D. Keuchel (W, 8-5)6.0
C. Martin (H, 17)1.0
S. Greene (H, 9)1.0
M. Melancon (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 8-12)3.23303514.201.340.5
E. Garcia1.11000206.211.683.0
C. Irvin2.01001206.751.535.0
M. Morin1.00001004.031.102.0
N. Vincent1.02001105.051.510.5
Total9.07306101---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 8-12)3.2
E. Garcia1.1
C. Irvin2.0
M. Morin1.0
N. Vincent1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Keuchel (5)
  • HBP - D. Keuchel (8)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Keuchel 97-55, C. Martin 9-9, S. Greene 26-15, M. Melancon 27-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Keuchel 6-3, S. Greene 1-2
  • Batters Faced - D. Keuchel 24, C. Martin 3, S. Greene 4, M. Melancon 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - N. Vincent (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 95-61, E. Garcia 19-13, C. Irvin 25-18, M. Morin 8-4, N. Vincent 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 3-4, C. Irvin 2-2, M. Morin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 18, E. Garcia 4, C. Irvin 8, M. Morin 3, N. Vincent 5
  • 4TH INNING
    Kingery reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Harper scored, Hoskins out at second31
    Flowers homered to left center, Donaldson and Joyce scored30
  • 9TH INNING
    • Nick Vincent relieved Mike Morin
    • T. Flowers: Flowers lined out to left
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • Austin Riley hit for Shane Greene
    • A. Riley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Riley doubled to left center
    • R. Acuna: Acuna intentionally walked
    • O. Albies: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Albies singled to right, Riley out at home, Acuna to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mark Melancon pitching
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery flied out to right
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Haseley reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Haseley to second
    • Brad Miller hit for Nick Vincent
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller lined out to shortstop
    • Ma. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Franco fouled out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Mike Morin pitching
    • Maikel Franco at third base
    • J. Donaldson: Donaldson flied out to right
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
    • Billy Hamilton ran for Matt Joyce
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hamilton picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ortega grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Shane Greene relieved Chris Martin
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto flied out to deep center
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harper stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hoskins lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Adam Haseley in left field
    • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
    • Charlie Culberson hit for Dallas Keuchel
    • C. Culberson: Foul, Culberson lined out to center
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Acuna walked
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Albies singled to left, Acuna to second
    • F. Freeman: Foul, Freeman grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Martin pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
    • Jay Bruce hit for Sean Rodriguez
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • Logan Morrison hit for Cole Irvin
    • L. Morrison: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Cole Irvin pitching
    • M. Joyce: Joyce popped out to shortstop
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ortega grounded out to third
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Ed. Garcia Pitching:
    • O. Albies: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Donaldson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging, Freeman out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • S. Rodriguez: Rodriguez flied out to deep right
    • Phil Gosselin hit for Edgar Garcia
    • P. Gosselin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gosselin singled to left
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura walked, Gosselin to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Realmuto hit by pitch, Gosselin to third, Segura to second
    • B. Harper: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harper grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Realmuto out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Freeman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson safe at first on shortstop Segura throwing error
    • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Joyce singled to left, Donaldson to second
    • J. Camargo: Foul
    • Ortega struck out swinging
    • T. Flowers: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flowers homered to left center, Donaldson and Joyce scored
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Swanson walked
    • D. Keuchel: Keuchel singled to center, Swanson to third
    • Edgar Garcia relieved Zach Eflin
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Harper singled to right center
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Hoskins singled to center, Harper to third
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Kingery reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Harper scored, Hoskins out at second
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
    • D. Keuchel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Keuchel struck out swinging
    • R. Acuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Acuna walked
    • O. Albies: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Albies fouled out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • Z. Eflin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • J. Segura: Ball, Segura flied out to left
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Realmuto struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Joyce lined out to center
    • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Camargo flied out to left
    • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Dickerson grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
    • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Albies grounded out to first
    • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freeman walked
    • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Keuchel Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto popped out to second
    • B. Harper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Harper to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)