The Braves are 10 games behind the Phillies after Friday’s loss to Philadelphia

The Braves are 10 games behind the Phillies after Friday’s loss to Philadelphia

The Braves are 10 games behind the Phillies after Friday’s loss to Philadelphia

ATLANTA (AP) — Trea Turner hit a pair of two-run homers Facing Max Fried, Aaron Nola earned his 100th career win and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 8-6 on Friday night.

The NL East-leading Phillies extended their lead over second-place Atlanta to 10 games by winning the opener of the weekend series.

The Phillies have three key hitters, Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto, on the injured list, but still had 15 hits.

“That’s what makes a good team,” Nola said.

Coach Rob Thomson added: “That says a lot. Our front office has done a great job creating that depth.”

Nola (10-4) retired Atlanta’s first 10 batters before allowing a single to Ozzie Albies with one out in the fourth inning. Austin Riley followed with a two-run homer to center field. Albies had three hits, including a homer, and Marcell Ozuna added a three-run shot in the eighth off Jose Alvarado.

The Braves’ three homers weren’t enough to overcome the power display by Turner, the shortstop who on Wednesday was chosen as one of Philadelphia’s three hitters from the National League. All-Star Game HeadlinesThird baseman Alec Bohm and Harper were also voted starters by fans, but Harper’s left hamstring strain leaves his All-Star status uncertain.

Turner hit his first homer off Fried (7-4) in a three-run fourth inning for the Phillies. Turner’s second two-run shot soared 459 feet into the left-field bleachers in the sixth inning for his 16th career multi-homer game. It was the longest homer of his career.

“I knew I hit it well,” Turner said. “I didn’t know it hit it that far.”

The 1.88-metre-tall Turner weighs just 84kg, making his power a surprise even to Thomson.

“He’s not the biggest guy on the planet and I don’t know how he hits the ball that far,” Thomson said.

Nola improved his career record to 100-75. He allowed three runs and struck out eight in six innings.

Fried allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings.

Three Atlanta errors led to two unearned runs in the Phillies’ three-run seventh inning.

Jeff Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save.


Phillies: Right-hander Tyler Phillips was optioned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to a contract extension. Thomson said Phillips provides bullpen depth, especially with rain forecast for the weekend. Right-hander Yunior Marte was optioned to Lehigh Valley and right-hander Luis F. Ortiz (sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list. … Schwarber (left groin strain) plans to run the bases Saturday. Harper is “not far behind,” according to Thomson.

Braves: SS Orlando Arcia started after having an abscessed tooth removed, causing him to miss three games. … OF Forrest Wall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear a spot for Eli White, who was called up and went 0-for-4 as the LF starter, striking out to end the game. OF Ramon Laureano remains out with lower back soreness, leaving the team one player away from a full, healthy active roster. Braves: OF Eddie Rosario signed Rosario signed a minor league contract and hit a triple in his debut with Gwinnett. Rosario was released by Washington on Wednesday. Rosario, 32, played with Atlanta from 2021-23 and was the 2021 National League Championship Series MVP. “We know what he’s capable of,” manager Brian Snitker said.


Atlanta rookie Spencer Schwellenbach (1-4, 5.68 ERA) will look for his second win when he faces Philadelphia left-hander Ranger Suarez (10-2, 2.27) on Saturday night.