Sean Murphy hit 2 doubles, homered, and drove in 4 runs, and Ozzie Albies went 3 for 5 and also drove in 4 runs, as the Braves clinch the series win. Murphy doubled in runs in the 1st and 3rd innings and added a solo home run in the 5th. The Braves led 5 – 3 going into the 8th, but busted it open with 4 runs. Matt Olson and Murphy both walked with the bases loaded, followed by a 2 run single by Ozzie.

Bryce Elder allowed 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out 4, and was charged with the 3 runs. Jesse Chavez, Dylan Lee, Nick Anderson, and Kirby Yates closed out the final 3 2/3, combining to allow 3 hits, striking out 5, and walking none.

Vaughn Grissom added 2 hits to pull into a tie with Marcell Ozuna for 12th place on the Braves this season, with 3. Ozuna’s 0 – 4 dropped his season average to .075. (Rick Camp‘s career average was .074, Rusty wrote gratuitously.) Maybe Marcell will hit a home run on the 4th of July.

The Braves continue to beat up on last place teams such as the Royals, Nationals, and Cardinals, and remain undefeated so far in the state of Missouri. The Braves are now 10 – 1 against teams below .500, which is how it is done.

The Braves go for the sweep on Sunday at 2:10 Eastern; Kyle Wright and Zack Greinke scheduled.