Four-run eighth seals sweep of Phillies

Four-run eighth seals sweep of Phillies

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson homered for the first time at Turner Field and Matt Kemp delivered a go-ahead, RBI double in the eighth inning, as the Braves extended their winning streak against the Phillies to seven games in Thursday night's 5-2 win.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third, when Odubel Herrera scored Jeremy Hellickson from second base on a bloop single down the left-field line. But Josh Collmenter allowed only a pair of singles across his next 4 1/3 innings en route to his second consecutive quality start.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Braves on Thursday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Swanson hits first homer in hometown

Swanson hits first homer in hometown

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson says it felt like every time he visited Turner Field as a fan, Chipper Jones homered. Now, the suburban Atlanta native can proudly relate to what it feels like to energize the hometown fans with a dinger.

Swanson helped the Braves win for the 10th time in their past 11 games when he went deep off Colton Murray during the sixth inning of Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Phillies. It marked the rookie shortstop's third career home run, but the first he has hit at Turner Field, which will serve as the home of the Braves for just three more games.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman's hit streak snapped at 30 games

Braves' first baseman also sees 46-game on-base stretch come to an end

Freeman's hit streak snapped at 30 games

ATLANTA -- Over the course of the past week, Freddie Freeman has said that all streaks eventually come to an end. But, it's safe to say he was hoping his streak would have lasted at least a few more days to provide him some material to use during his trash-talking exchanges with good friend Dan Uggla.

Freeman's Major League-best 30-game hitting streak and 46-game on-base streak were both snapped during Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Phillies at Turner Field. The Braves' first baseman's 0-for-4 performance left him three games shy of matching Uggla's 33-game hit streak, which set an Atlanta record in 2011.

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Inciarte solidifying role as leadoff hitter

Inciarte solidifying role as leadoff hitter

ATLANTA -- Over the past three seasons, 19 players have batted leadoff for the Braves. And although eight have filled that spot this year, Ender Inciarte has cemented his status atop the order over the past two months.

Since becoming the team's primary leadoff hitter on Aug. 5, Inciarte has batted .341 (72-for-211) with 43 runs in 48 starts. His average since the All-Star break sits at .351, which ranks as the eighth-best mark in Atlanta history.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wisler leads Braves in final series at Turner Field

Wisler leads Braves in final series at Turner Field

After sitting through more than four hours of a delay before Thursday's rainout against Cleveland, the Tigers head to Atlanta with a lot on the line in the final weekend of the regular season.

The Tigers' rain-shortened win Wednesday was followed up by the postponement of Thursday's series finale until Monday (if necessary). In turn, the postponement pushes Daniel Norris' start back to Friday in Atlanta, while Jordan Zimmermann's previously scheduled start will move to Saturday. Justin Verlander is still set for Sunday's start.

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Kyle Beery is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top 10 moments in Turner Field history

The Braves' home since 1997 now prepares to close its gates

Top 10 moments in Turner Field history

Before being transformed into a Major League ballpark, Atlanta's Turner Field began its life as Centennial Olympic Stadium -- the place where Muhammad Ali helped open the 1996 Summer Olympics and where Carl Lewis won the last of his nine gold medals. But over the last 20 seasons, the Ted has hosted many memorable MLB moments. As the Braves say goodbye to their home since 1997, we look back at the top 10.

10. Baseball begins: April 4, 1997

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman extends streak to 30 games, best in '16

Freeman extends streak to 30 games, best in '16

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman now owns MLB's longest hitting streak of the season. His quest to claim the Atlanta record has garnered the attention of one of his closest friends, who just happened to set this mark five years ago.

Freeman's extended his career-best hitting streak to 30 games with a sixth-inning single off Phil Klein during Wednesday night's 12-2 win over the Phillies at Turner Field. Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s 29-game streak had previously stood as MLB's longest of the season.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves keep rolling, knock off Phillies

Braves keep rolling, knock off Phillies

ATLANTA -- Dansby Swanson recorded a pair of extra-base hits through the first three innings and Matt Kemp provided Mike Foltynewicz more cushion with a two-run home run that accounted for just a portion of the damage the Braves produced against Adam Morgan in Wednesday night's 12-2 win at Turner Field.

After Swanson tripled during a two-run second inning and doubled during a three-run third inning, Kemp highlighted a four-run fourth with his 34th home run of the season. The abundance of support was more than enough for Foltynewicz, who allowed one run and two hits over five innings. That lone run came with the assistance of two wild pitches thrown in the third inning.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Foltynewicz ends his season on a strong note

Foltynewicz ends his season on a strong note

ATLANTA -- A little over two weeks ago, when a line drive from Marcell Ozuna struck Mike Foltynewicz's left calf and knocked him out of the game, it was unclear if Foltynewicz would pitch for the Braves again in 2016.

But in Wednesday's 12-2 win over the Phillies at Turner Field, the right-hander returned from his left calf contusion and made his final start of the season under his own terms, allowing one run on two hits across five innings.

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Pat James is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Snitker hopeful he can remain Braves' skipper

Snitker hopeful he can remain Braves' skipper

ATLANTA -- Even as the Braves continued to stumble during his first month as their interim manager, Brian Snitker repeatedly praised the dedication, effort and professionalism his players showed on a daily basis. A little more than four months later, those players have validated their manager's longstanding belief that good things come to those who remain accountable in the midst of adversity.

Consequently, there is now reason to believe Snitker could still be in his current role when the 2017 season begins.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves rally from down 6 to defeat Phillies

Braves rally from down 6 to defeat Phillies

ATLANTA -- Long after Julio Teheran's struggles began with Ryan Howard's first-inning grand slam, the Braves battled back from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night at a rain-soaked Turner Field.

Tyler Flowers delivered a double during the decisive eighth inning that was capped when Mallex Smith and Emilio Bonifacio recorded consecutive two-out singles off David Hernandez. Flowers also capped Atlanta's four-run sixth inning with three-run homer that traveled a projected 417 feet with a 107 mph exit velocity via Statcast™.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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MLB.com Columnist

Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Freeman an on-base machine

Braves slugger extends streak of reaching safely to 45 consecutive games

Stats of the Day: Freeman an on-base machine

Here are three interesting items from around the big leagues on Tuesday …

• Atlanta's Freddie Freeman homered, singled, drew a walk and scored three runs in his team's 7-6 comeback win over the Phillies to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 45 consecutive games (and his hitting streak to 29 games). Freeman has the third-longest on-base streak for a Braves player since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966, behind only Gary Sheffield's 52-game streak in 2002 and Dale Murphy's 48-game mark in 1987. Freeman is on pace to be the first Braves player to lead the National League in OPS+ since Chipper Jones in 2007, and the first to lead the NL in extra-base hits since Murphy in 1984.

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Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman's emotions remain raw over Fernandez

Freeman's emotions remain raw over Fernandez

ATLANTA -- As they prepared for their respective duties before Tuesday night's game against the Phillies at Turner Field, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Fox Sports South broadcaster Matt Diaz were among the many members of the baseball world who were still feeling the emotions created by Jose Fernandez's sudden death.

"I don't think the emotions will ever go away," Freeman said. "It's a tragedy. It still really hasn't sunk in. You're just waiting to wake up from that nightmare."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves deal Beckham to Giants for Minor Leaguer

ATLANTA -- Gordon Beckham will spend the final days of this season attempting to help the Giants secure a postseason berth.

Beckham's tenure with the Braves ended Tuesday night when the Braves traded him to the Giants in exchange for Minor League infielder Rich Rodriguez.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman wins NL Player of the Week Award

Braves slugger tallies 11 hits, homering twice and driving in seven

Freeman wins NL Player of the Week Award

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman earned National League Player of the Week honors after hitting .500 (11-for-22) with two home runs and seven RBIs in six games last week.

The highlight of Freeman's week came on Sept. 19 against the Mets. He went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs in a 7-3 win.

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Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Braves mourn Fernandez at Marlins Park

Freeman, Flowers reflect on pitcher's competitiveness, personality

Braves mourn Fernandez at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- Approximately five minutes before arriving at Marlins Park on Sunday morning, Freddie Freeman, Tyler Flowers and a group of other Braves on the team bus were suddenly overwhelmed with sadness and bewilderment as they learned Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died a few hours earlier in a boating accident.

"I'm at a loss for words," Freeman said. "It's utter disbelief and shock. I'm hoping to wake up from this nightmare. He was one of the best people I've ever met. He was an unbelievable competitor. It was an absolute treat to get to know him these past couple years."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jonathan Mayo

Braves at instructs led by Class A Rome's rotation, Maitan

Braves at instructs led by Class A Rome's rotation, Maitan

The Braves' instructional league camp officially began last Monday, but there was a group of young players who were deservedly given a few extra days to report to Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Members of the Rome Braves saw their season extend until Sept. 16, but the extra work did not go unrewarded. The club took home the Class A South Atlantic League title, defeating the Lakewood BlueClaws in four games. So the organization allowed them to enjoy the feat and catch their collective breath. Those on the R-Braves had their first workout on Friday, getting the chance to revel in their championship in camp for the first time.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blair chased early as win streak snapped at 7

Blair chased early as win streak snapped at 7

MIAMI -- There's still a heartbeat, albeit a faint one. The Marlins are still alive and kicking in the National League Wild Card race after snapping the Braves' seven-game win streak with a 6-4 victory on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

With seven games remaining, the Marlins remained five back of the Giants for the final Wild Card spot.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Marlins on Saturday.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Freeman extends hit streak to 28 on RBI single

Freeman extends hit streak to 28 on RBI single

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman's National League Most Valuable Player credentials are rooted in the power that has helped him secure his first 30-homer campaign and become just the second player in Atlanta history to record 80 extra bases in a season. Now, he has a chance to record the longest hitting streak in the Majors this year.

Freeman moved a step closer to this achievement by extending his career-best hitting streak to 28 games, as the Braves bid adieu to their seven-game winning streak in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simmons dealing with right forearm discomfort

Braves uncertain whether reliever will pitch again this season

Simmons dealing with right forearm discomfort

MIAMI -- A little more than three weeks after returning to the big leagues for the first time in more than two years, Braves right-handed reliever Shae Simmons is dealing with yet another arm ailment.

As things currently stand, the Braves say they are not overly concerned about the right forearm discomfort that has prevented Simmons from pitching since last Sunday. But this kind of injury can often prove to be troubling for a pitcher, especially one who is 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garcia's late RBI lifts Braves to 7th straight win

Garcia's late RBI lifts Braves to 7th straight win

MIAMI -- All season, the Braves have presented problems to Miami. On Friday night, Adonis Garcia's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta to a 3-2 comeback win and pushed the Marlins closer to National League Wild Card elimination.

Former Marlins infielder Emilio Bonifacio slapped a pinch-hit, one-out single in the ninth off A.J. Ramos, stole second with two outs and advanced to third on catcher J.T. Realmuto's throwing error. With the count at 2-2, Garcia lined a single to left, giving Atlanta the lead, while handing Miami its third straight loss.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Streaking Braves, Freeman avoid 100 losses

Streaking Braves, Freeman avoid 100 losses

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman extended the longest active hitting streak in the Majors and became just the second player in Atlanta history to record an 80th extra-base hit in one season. But much of the satisfaction Freeman felt after Friday night's 3-2 win over the Marlins stemmed from the fight he and his Braves teammates have shown, which has enabled them to avoid what once seemed like an inevitable 100-loss season.

"Obviously, we got off to the start we did, and we were creeping up on a hundred losses pretty quickly," Freeman said. "This run we've been on recently stopped that progression. I don't think anybody who plays this game wants to be part of a 100-loss team."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp ejected in third for arguing strike call

Kemp ejected in third for arguing strike call

MIAMI -- Instead of adding to his September success, Braves left fielder Matt Kemp can now say that he spent a portion of his 32nd birthday stewing over the sequence of events that led him and manager Brian Snitker to be ejected during the third inning of Friday's 3-2 win over the Marlins.

"It's great to see a manager fight for his players and really have our backs," Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia said after delivering the game-winning hit in the ninth inning. "It definitely helped. I feel like it lifted our spirits a little bit."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp's 2 HRs lead win vs. WC-seeking Fish

Kemp's 2 HRs lead win vs. WC-seeking Fish

MIAMI -- The Braves continue to play for more than pride. The way they've heated up, they're spoiling the postseason plans for a couple of National League East rivals. Matt Kemp belted two home runs and Josh Collmenter gave up two runs in seven innings on Thursday night in Atlanta's 6-3 win over Miami at Marlins Park.

After a three-game sweep of the Mets, who are in the thick of a three-team Wild Card race, the Braves dealt a serious blow to the Marlins' last-gasp bid to sneak into the mix. Miami (76-77) is now five games back for the second National League Wild Card spot.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Freeman's 42-game on-base streak passes Chipper

Freeman's 42-game on-base streak passes Chipper

MIAMI -- Freddie Freeman now has the distinction of doing something his good friend Chipper Jones never did during his legendary career. But after extending his on-base streak to 42 games in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Marlins, the Braves first baseman laughed when he was asked if he now has bragging rights.

"I can never talk trash to Chipper," Freeman said with a laugh. "I'm nowhere close to that man. He's got me in every other area."

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Terence Moore

Before Inciarte's catch, there was Nixon's

Before Inciarte's catch, there was Nixon's

There is The Catch.

You know, THE CATCH.

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Terence Moore is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp's 3rd multi-HR game of year helps Braves surge

Slugger proving valuable to Atlanta after trade from Padres

Kemp's 3rd multi-HR game of year helps Braves surge

MIAMI -- It appears the rumors about the demise of Matt Kemp's career were a bit premature. After being given away in exchange for cost savings for the Padres on July 30, the former Most Valuable Player Award candidate is providing the Braves more reason to believe they soundly gambled on his future.

Kemp extended his torrid September as he hit a pair of home runs and helped the Braves extend their winning streak to six games with a 6-3 victory over the Marlins on Thursday night at Marlins Park. This was the veteran outfielder's 10th career multi-homer game and third of this season. He never previously produced more than two in a season.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Snitker: Grab may make Inciarte Gold Glove favorite

Center fielder robs Cespedes of homer with jaw-dropping catch

Snitker: Grab may make Inciarte Gold Glove favorite

MIAMI -- As Atlanta's Ender Inciarte and Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton have spent the past couple of months producing an impressive list of defensive gems, they have become two obvious frontrunners among National League center fielders for a Gold Glove Award.

But Braves manager Brian Snitker believes Inciarte might have become the clear-cut favorite on Wednesday night, when he concluded a 4-3 win over the Mets by robbing Yoenis Cespedes of a home run with a jaw-dropping catch that immediately became widely recognized as the "Game Ender."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

Game Ender! Walk-off dazzler denies Mets

NEW YORK -- Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run -- convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes' drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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