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ATLANTA — Rhys Hoskins clubbed a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning to help propel the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Hoskins’ two-out hit, a slicing liner to right against Atlanta reliever Jose Ramirez, came with two outs. Hoskins had previously been 0 for 4 in the game. He had struck out three times and grounded into one of four Phillies’ double plays.

Maikel Franco added a two-run double later in the inning to pad the Phillies’ lead.

The Phillies’ bullpen delivered five scoreless innings. Hector Neris, who struck out dangerous Freddie Freeman with a man on base to end the ninth, got the win and Drew Hutchison finished it off. Manager Gabe Kapler used his entire bench and had to use Ben Lively as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning. He struck out for the third out.

Scott Kingery started the Phillies’ rally in the 10th with a four-pitch walk and a stolen base. Cesar Hernandez then reached on a bunt hit. He stole second. They both scored on Hoskins’ double, which came on a 2-2 pitch.

The Phillies were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position before Hoskins’ hit.

The win improved the Phillies’ record to 10-6. Atlanta is 9-7.

Phillies starter Nick Pivetta went five innings and gave up just one run. He hit one batter, walked none and struck out two. The only run Pivetta allowed came in the first after J.P. Crawford could not turn a double play that would have ended the inning.


Pivetta has allowed just three runs and walked none over 17 2/3 innings in his last three starts. 

Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed eight base runners in six innings (four hits and four walks), but managed to hold the Phillies to just a run. He rolled three of the Phillies’ four double plays.

One night after committing a couple of mental mistakes in a 2-1 loss to the Braves, Odubel Herrera drove in the Phillies’ first run with a base hit in the third and made a couple of nice catches in center field. He went right up against the wall to take extra bases away from  Freeman to end the fifth behind Pivetta.

Carlos Santana had a tough night. He walked twice then grounded into a double play and struck out twice to fall to .136 on the season. Phillies hitters struck out 13 times. They also drew 10 walks.

• Tommy Hunter pitched 1 1/3 innings on minor-league rehab for Clearwater on Tuesday night. He allowed a hit. Before the game, Kapler said Hunter would probably make at least one more rehab outing before being activated.

“We want him to be strong and stretched out and ready to kick ass,” Kapler said.