Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Braves 9, Phillies 6

PHILADELPHIA — Dan Uggla hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night that lifted the Braves to a wild 9-6 win over the Phillies.

Evan Gattis also homered twice as Atlanta won its fourth straight. The teams combined for five homers and 12 runs in the final two innings.

Gattis, Uggla and Andrelton Simmons hit consecutive homers in the eighth that put the Braves ahead 5-1.

Former Pasco High standout Domonic Brown's three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth that gave Philadelphia a 6-5 lead.

But the Braves rallied against Jake Diekman, who was asked to close because Jonathan Papelbon had pitched on three straight days. Former Ray B.J. Upton walked, Freddie Freeman reached on a grounder when second baseman Chase Utley tried for a forceout and Justin Upton walked.

After Gattis struck out, Uggla drove Diekman's 0-and-2 pitch deep to left.

Luis Avilan wound up with the win and David Carpenter got his first save.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was also without setup man Antonio Bastardo, who had also pitched in the previous three games. Sandberg said he wanted to avoid using B.J. Rosenberg, who had pitched in two straight games, but he appeared in the eighth inning.

It lasted three hitters. Gattis destroyed a hanging slider for his second homer of the game. Five pitches later, Uggla mashed a Rosenberg fastball for a homer. Simmons hit a slider, Rosenberg's 17th pitch, deep into the night.

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