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Touki Toussaint dazzles but the Braves come up short in 2-1 loss to Phillies

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Toussaint deserved a better fate.

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Touki Toussaint pitched well again but the Atlanta Braves’ offense was powerless against Aaron Nola in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Toussaint was the story in this game for the Braves as he turned in another masterful performance. He sat down the first six batters he faced and struck out three of them.

Alec Bohm singled to lead off the third inning but was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. The only blemish on Toussaint’s line came in the fourth inning when Jean Segura lifted a long fly to left that landed in the seats for a solo home run. The ball left the bat at 93 mph and had a expected batting average of .150. Still, it was a home run at Citizens Bank Park and the Braves trailed 1-0. He allowed two more singles in the fourth but got Odubel Herrera to ground out to end the threat.

Toussaint allowed a one-out single to Ronald Torreyes in the fifth but struck out Segura with a nasty curveball to leave him stranded. He added two more K’s in the sixth and then two more in the seventh.

Toussaint has given the Braves a much-needed shot in the arm. He allowed five hits, one run and struck out a career-high 10 over seven innings. He didn’t walk a single batter and threw just 90 pitches.

The problem for Atlanta was that Aaron Nola was equally as good and matched him pitch for pitch. Dansby Swanson reached on an error in the second but was left stranded. Austin Riley hit a two-out double in the fourth but Swanson struck out to end the inning. Joc Pederson had an infield single in the sixth but Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman couldn’t bring him home.

Atlanta’s best chance to score against Nola came in the seventh when Riley led off with another double. He advanced to third on a ground out by Swanson. Nola then retired Abraham Almonte on a shallow fly ball that wasn’t deep enough to score Riley. Guillermo Heredia grounded to third for the final out of the inning.

Chris Martin took over in the eighth and promptly served up a solo home run to Ronald Torreyes to extend Philadelphia’s lead to 2-0.

Nola came back out for the ninth and quickly struck out Albies before getting Freeman to line out to left. He got ahead in the count to Riley but left a 1-2 fastball up that Riley drove out to right for a solo home run.

That would be it for Nola who would give way to Ranger Suarez. Nola allowed four hits, one run and struck out nine over 8 2/3 innings. Suarez struck out Swanson to end the game.

Atlanta falls to 48-50 on the season and drop a game behind Philadelphia in the NL East standings. They are 4.5 games back of the Mets pending the outcome of their game against Toronto Sunday. The Braves split their series in Philadelphia and will now head to New York where they will begin a five-game series with a doubleheader Monday.