The Atlanta Braves managed to extend their lengthy win streak despite one of their worst performances at the plate during that run.
They'll try to keep rolling by adding to Cliff Lee 's recent issues.
The Braves will hope to take advantage of Lee's struggles to keep the ball in the park as they look to record their second 10-game win streak of the season Sunday night.
Atlanta (66-45) had just five hits Saturday and went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position, but won 5-4 in 12 innings. Freddie Freeman hit a key two-run single in the fifth and Dan Uggla drove in the go-ahead run by beating out a potential double-play grounder.
"Uggla really busted it down the line," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The winning run came on a double-play ball, but our two runners made a difference."
The Braves are batting .303 with 62 runs during their streak and had 10 or more hits in six consecutive games before Saturday's win. They'll try to recapture that prowess when they face Lee (10-4, 3.05 ERA) for the second time in less than a month.
He kept the Braves scoreless for six innings July 5 before giving up four runs in his final frame. Uggla hit a three-run homer, but Philadelphia's bullpen closed it out to give Lee a 5-4 victory.
He's 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in his two starts since that game with all nine of his runs allowed coming on seven homers. He gave up three longballs in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets on July 21 and had to skip a scheduled start July 27 due to neck stiffness.
Lee was rumored to be on the trading block, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said there were few discussions about the left-hander.
"To be frank ... someone would have had to bowl us over to do something on Cliff," Amaro told the team's official website. "He's a top-of-the-rotation (guy) who would be very difficult to replace."
Prior to Lee's rough inning against the Braves last month, he was 4-1 with a 0.78 ERA in his previous six starts in the series. He gave up two hits over eight innings and struck out eight in a 2-0 win April 4.
Atlanta followed that loss with 10 consecutive wins from April 5-16.
The Braves' Alex Wood (1-2, 3.51) will try to build on his first major league win against the scuffling Phillies (50-60), losers in 12 of 13 and a season-high four in a row at home. In his third career start, Wood gave up three runs over seven innings and struck out seven in an 11-3 victory against Colorado on Tuesday.
The left-hander could have a prime chance to pick up another victory as Atlanta has won 10 of 14 in Philadelphia in the past two seasons. The Braves started that stretch with a three-game sweep July 6-8, 2012.
Darin Ruf , who has reached base in 31 consecutive games, is the only active Phillies player to get a hit off Wood. His streak is the longest in the majors this season and the longest by a Philadelphia hitter since Chase Utley 's 33-game run Sept. 7, 2008-April 22, 2009.
Justin Upton , batting .353 with three homers during an eight-game hit streak, is 5 for 9 against Lee over the past two seasons.
|August 03, 2013||Gerald Laird||15-Day DL||Kidney stone|
|July 29, 2013||Reed Johnson||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|July 25, 2013||Tim Hudson||15-Day DL||Fractured right ankle|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Bruised left wrist|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Left wrist contusion|
|July 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||15-Day DL||Right adductor strain|
|July 29, 2013||Jonathan Pettibone||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Concussion|
|July 14, 2013||Joe Savery||15-Day DL||Left elbow stiffness|
|July 14, 2013||Ben Revere||15-Day DL||Broken right foot - out 6-8 weeks|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Alex Wood didn't want to be the one to stop the Atlanta Braves ' winning streak.
Chris Johnson drove in two runs and Wood pitched six strong innings to lead the Braves to their 10th straight victory, 4-1 over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Wood (2-2) allowed one run and two hits in his fourth major league start. The unorthodox 22-year-old rookie left-hander, who configures his body in an unusual way during his delivery, struck out three and walked two.
"(Braves catcher Brian McCann ) and I had a good game plan, just attack and make good pitches," Wood said. "I didn't want to be the one who lost the streak."
Johnson, who entered leading the league in batting, hit a two-run single in the first to stake the Braves to an early lead. Justin Upton and B.J. Upton each had two hits with a double apiece for Atlanta, which matched its season-best winning streak.
"Our offense got us going," Wood said. "To get two runs before I got out there, you feel like you have a little room to work with."
Philadelphia managed just four hits while dropping its fifth straight and 13th in the last 14. The Phillies have just 33 runs in their last 14 outings.
The home fans voiced their displeasure several times during the evening, including greeting closer Jonathan Papelbon with boos when he entered in the ninth. Papelbon pitched a scoreless frame. The loudest boos were targeted at Delmon Young after he struck out for the fourth time in the ninth inning.
And the frustration appears to be seeping into the clubhouse, as well.
"You've got to show more hungriness when you're hitting," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I don't see no getting after at-bats. Looks like we take it very casual. We say, `We'll get `em next time.' No, that's not good enough.
"At times, we definitely get out-talented but that doesn't give you any reason why you can't concentrate, stay focused on your at-bats and play the game right."
Cliff Lee (10-5) matched his shortest outing of the season while continuing his recent struggles. The left-hander gave up four runs - three earned - on eight hits in five innings to lose for the third consecutive start. Lee, who last pitched on July 21 and had his last turn in the rotation skipped due to a stiff neck, has a 6.00 ERA during his losing streak.
Lee said the Phillies need to play with more energy.
"Not much you can find that's good about the way we've played the last couple of weeks," he said. "We're getting outplayed all the way around.
"We've got to have more pride, more fire and play better fundamental baseball. Period. If we do that, we'll turn it around."
The Braves, who surged to a 12 1/2-game lead over Washington in the NL East, scored a pair of runs in the first inning on Johnson's two-run single. After the Phillies got a run back in the third on Michael Young 's groundout, RBI hits by Jason Heyward and Justin Upton in the fourth pushed Atlanta's lead to 4-1. Upton's double extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his NL-leading 34th save in 37 chances.
There were two reviews of called home runs that were overturned by replay.
Carlos Ruiz 's third-inning double originally was ruled a home run by third-base umpire Gary Cederstrom but changed when replays showed the ball didn't clear the metal fence atop the wall in left field.
And B.J. Upton's fourth-inning double was called a homer but overturned after a lengthy delay when the umpires apparently determined that a fan interfered with the ball prior to it going over the wall.
A noticeably annoyed Lee stalked around the mound, slammed the ball into his glove and conversed with home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley during the delay.
"It doesn't help anything to delay the game for five, six, seven minutes, however long it takes to review it," Lee said. "There's got to be a better way to do it. I don't know what it is. On one hand they talk about the pace of the game, they need to speed the game up. Then they go to replays to get it right, but then that's slowing the game down. There's got to be a way to make it quicker."
Notes: The Braves also won 10 straight games from April 5-16. ... The Phillies have lost five straight series. ... Darin Ruf extended his streak to 32 straight games reaching base safely with a fourth-inning single. Ruf also singled in the ninth. ... After an off day on Monday, the Phillies host Chicago for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 Tuesday night when right-hander Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29 ERA) opposes Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65). ... Braves lefty Mike Minor (11-5, 2.75) faces Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (5-9, 3.04) at 7:05 Monday when the teams begin a three-game series in Washington.