Nothing 12 runs won’t cure.

The Braves erupted for 10 runs in the top of the 2nd, and held on to salvage a game from the 3 game set and increase their NL East lead to 3 games. Austin Riley doubled in Adam Duvall to score the 1st run of the inning, and Riley’s 2 run homer scored the 9th and 10th runs of the frame.

Jake Arrieta was not sharp, walking 3 in his inning and a third, including Dansby Swanson with the bases loaded. Arrieta gave up 6 hits, and was charged with 7 runs. David Hale wasn’t the answer either, allowing 3 hits and 3 more runs before the inning ended.

Tommy Milone lasted an inning longer than Arrieta, but the same results: 7 runs allowed. Milone hasn’t had double digit starts in a season since 2016, when he started 12 out of 19 for Minnesota. He has 7 starts this season; let’s see if he reaches double digits this year.

Luke Jackson maydayed Milone in the 3rd, but it was S.O.S. in the 4th. Two walks and a single led to the Phillies 8th run. A.J. Minter came on with one out, and got a Didi Gregorius flyout and Phil Gosselin strikeout to end the inning. Minter went on to strike out the side in the 5th; Scott Kingery, Roman Quinn, and Andrew McCutchen were the Mintees.

Marcell Ozuna singled home Johan Camargo in the 5th to slow the madness. Ozuna and Nick Markakis had 3 hits apiece. Camargo joined Riley with 2 hits.

It remained calm from there until the 8th. Will Smith relieved, and Quinn and McCutchen hit solo shots to West Philadelphia to cut the lead to 11 – 10. Swanson’s homer in the 9th gave Mark Melancon some breathing room.

Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed after 2 innings for precautionary reasons after some hamstring tightness. He could be available Monday.

The Braves have completed 55% of their season. They travel to Boston Monday – Max Fried and Colten Brewer scheduled.