Wright wins twentieth, Braves beat Phils to trim NL East deficit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As he was going by way of the postgame handshake line, Kyle Wright acquired a request from Braves supervisor Brian Snitker.

“I would like him to authenticate my very own private scorecard as a result of I would like him to signal it for me,” Snitker mentioned. “To consider the place he was a 12 months in the past to now could be so superior.”

Wright grew to become the primary 20-game winner within the majors this season and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Saturday to cease a three-game dropping streak.

“I do not know if I spotted how cool it was till my teammates and coaches congratulated me actual fast afterward,” Wright mentioned. “It is a staff stat and I could not have accomplished it with out them scoring runs and taking part in protection.”

William Contreras and rookie Michael Harris II every homered and had three hits for the playoff-bound Braves (94-58), who moved inside 1 1/2 video games of the first-place Mets within the NL East. New York misplaced 10-4 at Oakland.

The Mets and Braves play three video games in Atlanta subsequent weekend.

“We nonetheless need to take one foot forward of the opposite,” Wright mentioned. “It’s like we’re in postseason baseball proper now. We have clinched our spot however hopefully we will proceed successful and hopefully we will bypass that first spherical.”

Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer within the sixth inning for Philadelphia (83-68), which fell a half-game behind San Diego for the second NL wild card. The Phillies are 1 1/2 video games forward of surging Milwaukee for the third and closing spot.

“We acquired off to a gradual begin,” Phillies interim supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned.

The 26-year-old Wright, who got here into the season with two profession wins in 21 appearances, went 5 1/3 innings and have become the primary Braves pitcher to win 20 video games since Russ Ortiz received 21 in 2003. Wright is the seventh 20 -game winner for the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966, additionally becoming a member of Denny Neagle and 4 Corridor of Famers: John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro and Tom Glavine.

“The expertise that he acquired final 12 months is the largest factor that has occurred to him,” Snitker mentioned. “He sprung-board off the World Sequence when he received that massive sport (Recreation 4, a 3-2 win over Houston) for us and he realized he was fairly good. And he got here to spring coaching a unique man and it is carried him to now. Hopefully, he will get a few extra.”

Wright (20-5) ran a excessive pitch depend however did not permit successful till Rhys Hoskins doubled with one out within the sixth. Harper adopted along with his 18th homer, ending the shutout bid and chasing Wright.

“I’ve realized to believe and I can preserve myself underneath management higher than I did earlier than,” Wright mentioned. “I belief myself and I belief the protection. I throw lots of groundballs and I’ve realized to belief the protection .”

Philadelphia scored an unearned run within the seventh and had the potential tying run on the plate with two outs when AJ Minter struck out Hoskins on a 3-2 fastball. Kenley Jansen earned his thirty seventh save with a clear ninth inning.

Atlanta generated its offense early, profiting from Bailey Falter’s lack of ability to maintain the ball out of the center of the plate. The Braves acquired six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings in opposition to Falter (5-4), handing the left-hander his first loss since July 24.

“Bailey threw some dangerous pitches that he usually does make,” Thomson mentioned. “I used to be proud of our bullpen. They stored us within the sport and we acquired the tying run to the plate.”

Contreras hit his twentieth homer within the third. Harris added a two-run drive, his nineteenth, within the fourth. Vaughn Grissom and Travis d’Arnaud each had two hits for Atlanta.


Braves: Rookie RHP Spencer Strider (strained left indirect) was positioned on the 15-day injured record, retroactive to Sept. 21, and can miss the remainder of the common season. His standing for the playoffs is unsure. … OF Ronald Acuña Jr. (again) sat out for a 3rd straight day. He’s day-to-day.

Phillies: OF Nick Castellanos (proper indirect pressure) is not going to exit on a minor league rehab project and can possible be activated off the IL subsequent week when the Phillies start a nine-game highway journey in Chicago. Castellanos was added to the injured record Sept. 4.


The regular-season finale between the NL East foes is Sunday, with Atlanta sending RHP Charlie Morton (9-6, 4.09 ERA) to the mound in opposition to RHP Kyle Gibson (10-7, 4.71).


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