Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino threw Freddy Galvis a 2-2 fastball right down the middle and Galvis didn't miss, crushing a game-winning home run for the Phillies with two outs in the eighth inning. Rightfielder Nick Markakis barely bothered to track the no-doubter.
The Phils won, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon to sweep the Braves and improve to 40-46 on the season.
The Phils have reached 40 wins in 18 fewer games than it took last season. They won their 40th last year on the night of the trade deadline.
The Phillies' season of streaks continues. They're red-hot again, having won eight of nine. They're 10-3 since losing nine in a row in mid-June.
Maikel Franco also went deep, homering for the fourth consecutive game.
It was the Phils' final home game before the All-Star break. They're headed to Coors Field for four games in Colorado to wrap up the season's unofficial first half.
Starting pitching report
Jeremy Hellickson did not have his best stuff but still made it through six innings for a sixth straight start. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits to get his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since June 4. Hellickson is 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA through 18 starts.
This was the 10th quality start (six-plus innings, no more than three earned runs) for Hellickson. Believe it or not, that ties him with Jake Arrieta, Jose Fernandez, Zack Greinke, Dallas Keuchel and Julio Teheran, among others.
Every start Hellickson makes between now and the Aug. 1 trade deadline is important. He will be one of the better pitchers available in a thin trade market.
Braves 23-year-old right-hander Tyrell Jenkins allowed one run over 4⅔ innings in his first major-league start. The run scored after he was lifted with two outs in the fifth and Odubel Herrera doubled off reliever Ian Krol.
The Braves acquired Jenkins, a former first-round pick, along with Shelby Miller from the Cardinals in November 2014 for Jason Heyward.
Out of the 'pen
The Braves brought in their closer, Vizcaino, in the eighth for a two-inning save. He put the first two men he faced on base before inducing what appeared to be a rally-killing double play by Tommy Joseph. But Galvis got to him a batter later to wrap this one up.
Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances.
Hector Neris allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth but picked up a win thanks to Galvis.
At the plate
Franco has been red-hot the last two weeks, hitting .375 with six homers and 16 RBIs over his last 15 games. The homer Wednesday was his 17th of the season. He's currently on a 32-homer, 92-RBI pace.
In 160 games combined the last two seasons, Franco has 31 homers and 99 RBIs.
Galvis' home run was his eighth of the season, a new career high.
All-Star Herrera had another multi-hit game and drove in the Phillies' first run with a two-out, opposite-field double in the fifth. The Braves brought in a lefty reliever to face Herrera, who to that point was 0 for 24 against left-handed relievers this season. A statistical oddity, considering he's hit .323 against lefty starters.
Cesar Hernandez had two more hits and a stolen base out of the eight-hole. His batting average is up to .288.
Peter Bourjos' 14-game hitting streak came to an end. He put a charge into one in his second at-bat, but Braves rightfielder Markakis made a running catch on the warning track.
In the field
Hernandez, covering first on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jenkins in the third inning, failed to glove Carlos Ruiz's throw. Jenkins' speed played a role in the miscue as he made it a bang-bang play. It was costly. Instead of a runner being on second with two outs, the Braves put runners on the corners with one out and later scored on Freddie Freeman's bases-loaded walk. It was Hernandez's eighth error of the year.
Franco committed a throwing error to begin the fourth, pulling Joseph off the first base bag. It was error No. 7 for Franco.
The Phillies' 61 errors this season are tied for third-most in the majors, better than only the Cardinals (66) and Reds (63). The Phils have committed 30 more errors than the Nationals, who have the fewest in baseball, and 12 more than the MLB average.
The Phillies begin their final series before the All-Star break, a four-gamer, with the Rockies tomorrow night at Coors Field. Expect some offense. Here are the pitching matchups:
Thursday — LHP Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.31) vs. Chad Bettis (6-6, 5.85)
Friday — Vince Velasquez (7-2, 3.34) vs. Jon Gray (5-4, 4.81)
Saturday — Jerad Eickhoff (6-9, 3.30) vs. LHP Tyler Anderson (0-3, 3.03)
Sunday — Zach Eflin (1-2, 4.30) vs. Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.08)