ATLANTA — The Phillies’ six-game winning streak came to an end in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola pitched well. He allowed just four hits and two runs over six innings, but Atlanta starter Julio Teheran was a little better. Teheran held the Phillies to a run over six innings. That run was a first-inning homer by Odubel Herrera. Two innings later, Herrera committed a costly base-running mistake to hurt a potential rally.
The Braves snapped a 1-1 tie on a sacrifice fly by Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning. The fly ball was hit to center field, but rightfielder Aaron Altherr had to make the play after some confusion between he and centerfielder Herrera. It was not immediately known why Herrera pulled off the ball. There may have been a miscommunication between he and Altherr. He might have lost it in the lights. Altherr actually made a strong throw to the plate trying to get Ozzie Albies, but Herrera would have had an easier time because his momentum was moving directly toward home plate.
Earlier in the game, Herrera hurt the Phillies on the base paths. Carlos Santana had reached on a one-out walk in the third inning. Herrera then stroked a ball to right field. He tried to turn it into a hustle double and would have been successful had he slid into second base instead of gone in standing up. Herrera’s failure to slide allowed Nick Markakis to throw him out from right field. Herrera knew he made a bad play because he immediately slapped himself upside the head as the umpire was ringing him up (see story).
If Herrera had been safe, the Phillies would have had runners at second and third with one out. Instead, they had a runner on third with two outs and Teheran eventually pitched out of trouble.
Teheran also pitched out of trouble in the sixth. He gave up a leadoff double to Rhys Hoskins then got three quick outs as the Phillies failed to move the runner.
Atlanta's bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.
Nola’s ERA in four starts is 2.22.
The Phillies are 9-6. Half of their losses have come against the Braves, who are also 9-6.
• Reliever Victor Arano pitched two perfect innings and is up to 7 1/3 perfect innings for the season and 9 1/3 dating to his last two outings last season.
• Cesar Hernandez did not start for the first time this season. He is just 5 for 31 (.161) lifetime against Teheran.
• Mark Leiter Jr., recovering from a forearm strain, ramped up his progress with a bullpen session. Pat Neshek, on the DL with a shoulder strain, began throwing on flat ground.