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Suárez, Eflin, Alvarado help Phillies shut out Braves Dodgers overcome Gallen’s 13 Ks, rally to beat D-backs 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA. Ranger Suarez threw in six brilliant innings as the Philadelphia Phillies continued on their way to their first playoff spot in a decade with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Matt Virling knocked down in the only run of the game with a second-inning victim to center who scored JT Realmuto.

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Suarez allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. Zach Eflin got five outs before José Alvarado completed his second six-hitter save.

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Philadelphia (82–67) moved halfway from San Diego to second in the National League and remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for last place in the playoffs. The Phillies also hold a season series lead over the Brewers, which is a tie-break between the teams this year after Major League Baseball eliminated the single-game tie-break in the extended playoff format.

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The Braves (93-57) fell 1 1/2 games behind the dormant New York Mets to take the lead in the NL East. The two teams will meet in Atlanta next weekend to play their last three scheduled matches against each other this season. Atlanta have secured a playoff berth and are currently number one in the NL.

Atlanta played without outfielder Ronald Akuna Jr., who was scratched from a tight back.

The Braves threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with two strikeouts. But Suarez avoided the jam when he retired. Michael Harris II on an earthling to the first.

Eflin and Alvarado completed the Phillies’ 14th shutout of the season together.

Withstand starter Max Fried (13-7) hit eight in five innings. Austin Riley there were three hits.

Both teams were hit by strong crosswinds. Two potential home run balls – one from Philadelphia Rhys Hoskinsand one for the Braves outfielder Marcel Ozuna — were hit on the warning track in left field by winds of 17 miles per hour.


Braves: RHP Mike Soroka will be closed for the remainder of the season due to right elbow inflammation. Manager Brian Snitker said there was no structural damage in Magpie’s elbow and he would be ready to return for the 2023 season.

Phyllis: OF Brandon Marsh Pulled out of the squad for the second game in a row due to a bruised left knee. Wierling, who played 5-of-5 in Philadelphia’s 4-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday night, started in center field instead of Marsh.


Series continues Friday night with RHP Aaron Nola (9-12, 3.38 ERA) vs. Atlanta RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 4.04 ERA).

LOS ANGELES – So much for Mookie Betts day off. The Los Angeles Dodgers needed his bat in the ninth inning and their All-Star team came off the bench.

Max Munsey hit a tie single in the infield and Betts singled home a two-out winning streak to help the Dodgers edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday for their 45th major league-leading comeback win.

“I think it might be one of my first hits, so that part was pretty cool,” said Betts. “I was hoping not to get in, but you get to the point where the situation calls for it, you turn on your brain and you’re ready to go.”

The Dodgers didn’t take the lead until the Arizona starter Zach Gallen left after eight innings. He scored a career-high 13 points.

Gallen gave up the first 11 batters he faced, hitting five in a row. He hit the side in the eighth. The right-hander allowed one run and two hits in a career-best eight innings.

“He was just completely in control, dominated,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He is interesting to watch. I’m glad we won’t see him again this year.”

Craig Kimbrel (6-6) took the win despite struggling again in ninth place.

“The material slips amazingly a little, the speed of a fastball,” said Roberts. “I just have to keep looking at it. We need our best guys to be behind.”

Christian Walker Landed a 435-foot hit to the left center field pavilion — his 36th homer overall and sixth against the Dodgers this season — to take a 2-1 lead against Kimbrel.

Cody Bellinger doubled off the wall of right field leading to the bottom of the ninth against Reyes Moronta (1-1).

“He was 2-0 ahead of Bellinger and then it ended up being 3-2 at the bottom of the zone, right in his honey hole,” said D-backs manager Tori Lovullo. “We just couldn’t make a few shots in a key situation for Bellinger. It’s hard to navigate it, especially with the guys who followed him.”

After Three Turner grounded to third, Freddie Freeman was intentionally passed. Will Smith loaded the bases on the single infield, which is a diving shortstop Geraldo Perdomo refrained from going out of bounds.

“Belli did a great job getting to second base and then we got a little momentum,” Smith said.

Joe Mantipli came out to face Munsey, who in a slow motion cut came in third, giving Bellinger a two-point tie.

Dodgers starter Julio Urias gave up one try and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The southpaw struck out five and walked one.

Gallen gave up a pair of hits with two strikeouts—a triple from Smith and a double RBI from Munsey—allowing the Dodgers to equalize 1-all in the fourth.

“He pitched and threw us off balance and stopped us a little bit,” Smith said.

D-backs lead 1-0 to Stone GarrettThe victim flies to the third. Sergio Alcantara dedicated and Dolton Varshaw followed by a justification for the choice of a field player. Second baseman Gavin LuxA throwing error allowed Alcantara to take third while Varsho moved up to second. Three batters later scored Alcantara.

In the ninth, the Dodgers challenged Kimbrel by hitting hitters. Jake McCarthy with step leading. After checking, crew chief James Hoy announced that the decision had been made.

McCarthy thought he stole second place to put the go-ahead in scoring position, but another replay overturned a safe bet. Walker then went to the plate and gave the D-backs a 2–2 field lead from Kimbrel.


Dodgers: RHP All-Star Game Tony Gonsolin (forearm) threw hitters into the bullpen up and down using the entire pitching mix. “The material looked good,” said Roberts. “My eyes told me it was a really good try.” The 16-game winner will throw another bullpen in a couple of days. … Right side Blake Trains (shoulder) won’t throw again until Saturday, we’ll see how he reacts. “He is upset. He’s not bouncing back,” Roberts said. … Right side Brousdard Graterol (elbow) was activated from IL. … PD David Price (wrist) threw a simulated inning to the hitters. “He looked good. He let it go,” Roberts said.


Turner went 0 for 4, including two strikeouts, to snap his 18-game hitting streak.

Turner also ran out another streak. He has safely reached base in each of his last 47 games against defensemen, the longest current streak by any active batter against any team.


Diamondbacks: No starting roster announced for Friday’s three-game series against San Francisco.

Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.66 ERA) starts against Albert Pujols and the Cardinals on Friday, which opened the series.


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