ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The
' bullpen has made life miserable for the lineup of the
Five relievers combined to hold the Braves to one hit over the final five innings as the Phillies completed a doubleheader sweep with a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
Atlanta batters had three hits in the second game and four hits in the opener. Phillies relievers have logged 12 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts in the three-game series so far and surrendered just one hit in eight innings during the twinbill.
"(The bullpen) did awesome," Phillies starter
said. "We hit real well and played defense real well and were able to pull out two wins, which was great."
"Every day is going to be something different," Braves center fielder
said. "We had a couple of opportunities to score runs, but we didn't."
(9-5) struck out the side in the sixth, his only inning, and
allowed a hit in the ninth en route to his 18th save.
scored the Phillies first run in the sixth on a squeeze by
. Abreu stole third base two pitches prior to Utley's single.
"I thought about (bunting) a few times this year," Utley said. "If you have a guy at third and they're not expecting it, why not do it?"
The Philles took a 2-1 lead in the seventh. With two outs,
singled to right field and stole second base.
followed with an RBI single to chase starter
(6-5), who left after giving up two runs and eight hits with a season-high eight strikeouts.
"We lost because I can't hold guys on," said Byrd, a one-time Phillie. "If I eliminate the steal with one of those two guys ... it's frustrating. It's one of those games where there wasn't a large margin of error."
The Phillies added two insurance runs in the ninth on
's bases-loaded walk and Abreu's RBI single.
The Braves suffered their first doubleheader sweep since the St. Louis Cardinals took two from Atlanta on July 22, 1994. The last time the Braves dropped a pair at home was August 7, 1990 against the
San Diego Padres
It was the first time the Phillies have swept the Braves in a doubleheader since May 1, 1976.
"We just had a bad night," Braves third baseman
said. "The pitchers pitched well. The hitters didn't do their jobs tonight."
The Braves scored their only run in the fourth on an RBI single by
. After the single, the Phillies held Atlanta hitless until the ninth inning.
began the ninth with a single and Jones followed with a blast to deep left-center field, but was robbed of an extra-base hit when Phillies center fielder
scaled the top of the wall, used his right arm to hang on the wall, and caught the ball.
"I got lucky. That's what it felt like," Byrd said. "When it went in my glove, I said, 'Wow.' I threw my glove out. I hung on just trying to put my glove on it."
"He was lucky when he caught it," Jones said. "If (he didn't catch it), it would have hit his face."
was ejected by first base umpire Lance Barksdale in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bowa's sixth ejection this season and the 23rd of his career.