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Five for Phighting: Phillies 4, Braves 1

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Zach Eflin and Rhys Hoskins led the Phillies to their fifth straight win

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies
Zach Eflin delivered his best start of the season
Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

It doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes, a baseball team can receive a good outing from their starting pitcher, a big home run from the offense, and actual shutdown innings from the bullpen. It doesn’t happen for the Phillies all that often, but it happened on Saturday afternoon, as they defeated the Braves 4-1 for their fifth straight win.

Zach Eflin was on the mound, and he turned in his best start of the season. He struck out eight Braves in his seven innings, and the lone blemish against him was a solo home run by Johan Carmago.

As it seems they do every game, the Phillies got off to an early lead. Bryce Harper drove in a first inning run with a sacrifice fly, and then Rhys Hoskins gave the team some breathing room in the fifth.

Of course, when it comes to Phillies pitching, there is no such thing as too much breathing room. However, with Eflin dealing, a four-run lead turned out to be plenty. He looked poised to pitch all nine, but a rain delay put an end to that.

This was the second time this week that a starter had his outing cut short by rain, but the bullpen thankfully didn’t provide too much drama this time around. Hector Neris pitched a clean eighth, and despite allowing a couple of runners, Brandon Workman kept the Braves off the board in the ninth.

The Phillies will try for the sweep tomorrow night on ESPN’s national broadcast. If they win, they’ll not only have closed within a game of the first place Braves, but they’ll have their first six-game winning streak in over two years: