Well, that’s just lovely. The clearly out-of-gas Mike Minor only went 2 1/3 — and was lucky to get that far — and when it looked like the Braves might make a game of it, the bullpen finally cracked, Mike Dunn giving up his first two runs at just about the worst time.
Minor somehow got through the first two innings without allowing a run, despite allowing two baserunners in each, but with one out in the third allowed a three-run homer to Jayson Werth. After he gave up a double to Raul Ibanez to finally get chased. Cristhian Martinez got out of a big jam — an intentional walk followed by a Martin Prado error — by striking out the next two, and he and Kyle Farnsworth kept the game reachable as the Braves tried to claw back.
Alex Gonzalez doubled leading off the fifth and went to third on a Rick Ankiel single, scoring on a fielder’s choice grounder by Eric Hinske, but that was it for the fifth. Prado singled leading off the sixth, and Brian McCann followed with a double. Derrek Lee‘s flyout scored Prado, but Brian got himself thrown out trying to go to third, and that killed that threat.
Dunn got the first two in the sixth, but after a walk and a single allowed a two-run double to Ibanez to give the Phillies needed breathing room. Freddie Freeman‘s first homer, with two out in the seventh, made it 5-3. The Braves got the leadoff man on in both the eighth and ninth, but Jason Heyward was erased on a McCann GIDP, and Lee just stood there while the next three went quietly. Season on life support.