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Atlanta0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 x 590
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  W: M. Soroka (13-4)   L: A. Nola (12-6)   S: M. Melancon (12)
9:10 AM PT10:10 AM MT11:10 AM CT12:10 PM ET12:10 ET16:10 GMT0:10 9:10 AM MST11:10 AM EST11:40 AM VEN20:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, September 19, 2019
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 33,223

Phillies look to sweep Braves, stay in wild-card chase

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Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Braves and Phillies meet for the final time in 2019 after having split their first 16 meetings. Atlanta is averaging 6.81 runs against Philadelphia, its most in a season against the franchise in the live-ball era.
  2. Josh Donaldson and Ozzie Albies each have 15 RBI against the Phillies this season. They are the first set of Braves teammates to have at least 15 RBI against Philadelphia in a season since 2005, when Andruw Jones and Adam LaRoche each drove in 15.
  3. Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his 20th double of the season Saturday, giving him 117 extra-base hits in his career -- the most by a Brave in his first two seasons since Hall of Famer Hank Aaron had 119 in 1954 and '55.
  4. Bryce Harper, who has six home runs, 10 RBI, 11 runs and 15 walks in 16 games against Atlanta this year, scored his 89th run of the season Saturday. Already with 31 homers, 32 doubles and 95 walks, he is on the verge of becoming just the fourth Phillie -- and first since Bobby Abreu in 2004 -- to have at least 90 runs, 30 home runs, 30 doubles and 95 walks in a season.
  5. Julio Teheran, who is slated to start Wednesday, permitted five runs in four innings in a loss at Philadelphia last Thursday. Since the start of May, he has made 20 starts allowing three runs or less -- tied with three other pitchers -- including the Phillies' Aaron Nola -- for the second-most in the NL. In the four starts he's given up more than three runs since the start of May, Teheran has a 16.20 ERA.
  6. Nola, who takes the hill in Thursday's finale, yielded four runs in a loss to the Braves last Monday -- the third time in five starts against Atlanta this season he allowed at least four runs. He gave up a run over 14 innings in the other two.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/17/2019 thru 9/19/2019
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Philadelphia Phillies have done a good job this week preventing the Atlanta Braves from clinching their second straight National League East championship.

On Thursday, the Phillies will go for a series sweep when they play the host Braves for the final time this season. Philadelphia has won the first two games of the series and ensured the Braves won't be able to sew up the title until at least Friday.

A 4-1 win on Wednesday kept Philadelphia (78-72) alive in the chase for the second NL wild card, as the Phillies now sit three games back of the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers. Philadelphia has won 10 of 18 games against Atlanta.

Wednesday also marked the first time the Braves lost the first two games of a multi-game series since dropping two to Kansas City July 23-24. The Braves haven't been swept in a three-game series since losing three straight to the Dodgers in Los Angeles back on May 6-8.

The Braves (93-60) have lost three in a row but still hold a nine-game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta's magic number was reduced to two after Washington was beaten by St. Louis earlier in Wednesday.

The pitching matchup for the final game between the two clubs features Philadelphia ace righty Aaron Nola (12-5, 3.62 ERA) against Atlanta rookie right-hander Mike Soroka (12-4, 2.57).

Nola is coming off an impressive outing against the Boston Red Sox last Saturday. He received no decision but gave up only one run in seven innings, striking out nine in a 2-1 Phillies loss.

"We have to find ways to scratch out runs for Nola," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said after that game, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's tough. It's definitely something that we have to correct."

That was a nice bounce-back effort for Nola, who gave up four runs in six innings in his previous start, a 7-2 loss against Atlanta on Sept. 9. It was a rare poor start against the Braves for Nola, who is 10-4 with a 2.66 in 17 career starts against the club. He is 3-1 with a 4.06 ERA in five starts against the Braves in 2019, striking out 35 in 31 innings.

Soroka has made two starts against the Phillies this season but does not have a decision. He has posted a 4.82 ERA in the two games, giving up 17 hits in 9 1/3 combined innings. He last faced Philadelphia on July 26 and did not figure in the decision after he allowed one run on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Phillies won the game 9-2.

Soroka was outstanding in his most recent start, last Friday against in Washington. He avenged an earlier loss to Max Scherzer and outpitched the veteran to earn the win. Soroka fired six shutout innings, giving up one hit and walking three while striking out four.

"Braves fans should be excited to have this guy on their side for a while," veteran Atlanta outfielder Nick Markakis said. "Soroka threw as well as I've seen him throw, especially against a lineup like that. As usual, he commanded all his pitches and threw them in any count. It was fun to watch."

Soroka is second in the National League in ERA behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (2.35).

--Field Level Media

Updated September 19, 2019

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