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Braves fall to Phillies in controversial fashion

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Alec Bohm still hasn’t touched the plate

Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in a controversial 7-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ronald Acuña Jr. has been the catalyst for the Braves during their homestand and that continued on Sunday when he began the game by beating out a routine grounder to shortstop Didi Gregorius. Statcast tracked Acuña at 31.0 ft/sec which is a ridiculous number. Ozzie Albies then made the Phillies pay by launching his first home run of the season to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead.

Drew Smyly made quick work of the Phillies in the first but J.T. Realmuto greeted him with a double to lead off the second. Realmuto then stole third base and came home on a long sacrifice fly by Jean Segura that backed Cristian Pache to the center field wall to make it 3-1.

After a scoreless third, Smyly ran into some trouble. Rhys Hoskins battled through a nine-pitch at-bat and drove a solo homer to left center to cut the lead to 3-2. Smyly then struck out Bryce Harper and got Realmuto to ground out before Alec Bohm and Jean Segura recorded back-to-back singles. That would bring Gregorius to the plate and he stayed back on a hanging 1-2 breaking ball and drove it out to right for a three-run home run to put Philadelphia in front 5-3.

Atlanta got a run back in the fourth when Cristian Pache snapped a 1-for-21 stretch with an opposite field double. Pache moved over to third on a bunt by Smyly and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Acuña.

Smyly worked a perfect fifth and then Freddie Freeman struck again launching his fourth home run of the season and his third of the series to tie the game.

Smyly would give way to Nate Jones in the sixth. He would exit after allowing five hits, five runs including two homers over five innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.

Jones’ outing didn’t get off to a great start as Harper lined a solo homer to left center to put the Phillies back in front 6-5. He would recover and retire the next three hitters in order to end the inning.

The Phillies would turn to their bullpen in the sixth as Moore was replaced by Connor Brogdon. Moore allowed nine hits and five runs to go along with five strikeouts over his five innings of work.

Josh Tomlin tossed a scoreless seventh and then Acuña tied the game with another long solo homer to center off of Phillies reliever Sam Coonrod.

Controversy struck in the ninth as Will Smith took over on the mound for Atlanta and allowed a leadoff double to Alec Bohm. Bohm then moved over to third on a ground out by Jean Segura. Gregorius then lifted a fly to Marcell Ozuna in shallow left field. Bohm tagged and was ruled safe at the plate. Despite replay showing that Bohm never touched home plate, the play was upheld and the Phillies took a 7-6 lead.

Hector Neris sat the Braves down in order in the ninth to snap Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.

Acuña went 3-for-4 at the plate with his fourth home run of the season. Swanson finished the game with two hits while Freeman extended his consecutive games with a homer streak to three straight. The Braves drop to 4-5 on the season. They will continue their homestand on Monday when they begin a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.