Phillies, Herrera Look To Stay Hot Down in Atlanta

ATLANTA GA- JUNE 05 Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher Bartolo Colon during the MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies
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08 June, 2017

The Phillies added five more runs in the fourth, leading to Colon being pulled after just three and a third in favor of Sam Freeman.

Nola answered the challenge with eight strong innings Tuesday in the Phillies' 3-1 win over the Braves. He will try for better results in a road start against the Braves next time he toes the rubber.

Matt Kemp and Matt Adams had back-to-back singles with one out against Hector Neris. Pat Neshek struck out Adonis Garcia and ended the game on Kurt Suzuki's popup to catcher Cameron Rupp for his first save.

Howie Kendrick has spent the last four games in the three-hole but is not in the lineup on Monday.

At the plate The Phillies were held hitless through 3 2/3 innings. He allowed a homer in the fourth and back-to-back doubles in the sixth. Herrera went to third on Kendrick's single and scored when Jaime Garcia was called for a balk on a pickoff play to first.

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Colon has arguably been the worst starting pitcher in the majors this season. He lasted only 2 2/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants on Friday and was chased after allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits and a career-high five walks.

Braves IF Sean Rodriguez took ground balls in the outfield before batting practice in his first return to baseball activities since offseason shoulder surgery. Brandon Phillips doubled and scored on an opposite-field single by Nick Markakis. Altherr will move up to third for the 20th time this season.

Garcia allowed just an unearned run over seven innings against the Angels on Wednesday.

NOTES: Atlanta placed RHP Bartolo Colon (2-7, 7.78 ERA) on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. He is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 11 career outings against the Phillies.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Monday's loss to the Phillies that it's undecided as to whether Bartolo Colon will remain in the rotation.


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