Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)
ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.
In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.
Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.
Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.
Martin Prado followed with a two-run double that put him and Bourn on second and third with the Braves trailing only 7-5.
Chipper Jones followed up with a three-run homer, giving the Braves an 8-7 walk-off win that erased a strong outing by Phillies starter Cole Hamels.
Hamels went six, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six in the no-decision.
The Phillies jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead in the 1st inning thanks to Ryan Howard’s three-run double and Erik Kratz’s two-run double. They led 7-1 through the first five innings, and Hamels gave up a pair in the 6th that began the rally.
2B: Utley (10), Howard (8), Kratz (8), Mayberry (19), Hamels (2), Rollins (31).