PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Julio Teheran threw seven impressive innings, Christian Bethancourt hit a go-ahead solo homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-1 Wednesday night.
Teheran (10-7) gave up one run and four hits to help Atlanta take two of three and avoid tying thePhillies for the worst record in the majors. The Braves had lost 12 in a row and 19 of 20 before coming to Philadelphia.
Michael Bourn had four of Atlanta’s season-high 18 hits. Bethancourt and Hector Olivera each had three hits. The trio entered the game batting a combined .170 (37 for 218).
Teheran escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, blowing a 95 mph fastball past pinch-hitter Andres Blanco to end the inning. He’s 3-0 against Philadelphia this season.
Phillies starter David Buchanan (2-8) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings in his first start since Aug. 11. His ERA rose to 9.11 and he has allowed 22 runs and 31 hits in just nine innings over his last three starts.
Bethancourt led off the fourth by lining an opposite-field homer to right for a 2-1 lead. Freddie Freeman’s two-run single made it 4-1.
The Braves had six hits in the first three innings, but only one run on Nick Swisher’s double-play grounder. Bourn’s two-run triple in the eighth capped the scoring.
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard went 0 for 4, extending his slump to 0 for 29.
Braves: OF Cameron Maybin (left cornea abrasion) missed his fourth straight game.
Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco, on the DL since Aug. 12 with a left wrist fracture, took pain-free swings and hopes to play before the season ends.
Braves: RHP Shelby Miller (5-13, 2.81) pitches the opener of a four-game set against the NL East-leading New York Mets. Miller is 0-1 with a 3.15 ERA in four career games vs. the Mets.
Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42) starts the opener of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs. RHP Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03) takes the mound for Chicago.
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