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Zack Wheeler pitches Phillies past host Braves

May 23, 2022; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Roman Quinn (24) reacts with right fielder Nick Castellanos (8) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and continued his mastery of the host Atlanta Braves, beating them 7-3 on Monday.

Wheeler, who grew up a few miles from Atlanta’s Truist Park, evened his season record at 3-3. He allowed two runs on eight hits and a season-high 10 strikeouts. Wheeler has a 1.38 ERA over his last five starts and picked up his first road win of the season.

Wheeler improved to 9-7 all-time against the Braves. Since joining the Phillies, Wheeler is 3-2 in eight starts against Atlanta.

Philadelphia closer Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation.

The losing pitcher was rookie Tucker Davidson (1-1), who was knocked out after 2 2/3 innings when he allowed five runs on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts.

The Phillies took control when they scored three times in the second inning. Rhys Hoskins delivered a bases-loaded double in the left-center alley to clear the bases. Hoskins has 14 RBIs in his last 14 games.

Philadelphia added three more runs in the third inning. J.T. Realmuto tripled into the left-field corner to drive in a run. Realmuto then scored, along with Johan Camargo, when Roman Quinn doubled. Quinn’s high fly ball appeared to be catchable but dropped in when center fielder Adam Duvall gave way after seeing right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. charging toward him.

The Phillies upped the lead to 7-0 on Jean Segura’s RBI single in the fourth.

The Braves got a run in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Dansby Swanson. Austin Riley singled home a run in the seventh.

Atlanta scored again in the eighth on Ozzie Albies’ sharp single, making it 7-3.

Acuna went 0-for-5 and had his on-base streak end at 29 games. The streak dated back to June 25, 2021.

Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper ended an 0-for-20 streak at Truist Park with a single in the fourth inning, but finished 1-for-5.

–Field Level Media