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Braves drop finale to Phillies, 5-0

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Jerad Eickhoff blanks the Braves over seven innings to spoil Atlanta's efforts to sweep in Philadelphia this weekend.

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Jerad Eickhoff and the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Atlanta Braves in their series finale Sunday, avoiding a sweep and allowing Eickhoff to get some revenge against a club that beat him during their last meeting.

Eickhoff shutout the Braves over seven complete innings, while scattering five hits — all of which were singles — striking out three and walking one.

The Braves didn't put themselves into many great scoring opportunities, but the biggest one probably came during the sixth inning when Mallex Smith started the inning off with a one-out single through the left side of the infield. Chase d'Arnaud followed that up with a two-out walk to bring Freddie Freeman to the plate.

However, Freeman's recent hot stretch and his dominance of the Phillies this season didn't carry over in this moment, as Freeman lined out to Tommy Joseph at first base and end the scoring threat.

On the other side of things, Casey Kelly had a pretty mediocre outing that could have been a lot worse. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs over his five innings of work, but managed to strand four runners on either second or third base during the start. He didn't seem to have great command of anything during this outing, and the Phillies had five different players with multi-hit games to make matters worse.

Eric O'Flaherty once again showed that he's no longer the guy who posted a 0.98 ERA in 2011 by giving up two earned runs over 0.2 innings of relief, while Ian Krol and Alexi Ogando combined for the final 2.1 shutout innings of work.

It's disappointing to miss out on what would have been just the second sweep of the season, but for those who are trying to find some light at the Major League level this year, taking two of three from a Philadelphia team that has been better than expected is... something, right?

The Braves get back at it Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers back in Atlanta after an off-day Monday.