Offense quiet, Phillies fall 2-0 to Braves
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Manager Pete Mackanin summed up his team's day perfectly: ''Ugly weather. Ugly game.''
Williams Perez took a two-hitter into the seventh, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Saturday for just their second series win this season.
On a cold, rainy afternoon, Perez (2-1) celebrated his 25th birthday with another dominant performance against the Phillies. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out in 6 1/3 innings The right-hander beat Philadelphia in his first start this season, allowing one run and two hits in eight innings on May 11. Four of his nine career wins are against the Phillies.
Three relievers finished off the two-hitter. Arodys Vizcaino earned his fifth save in six tries.
''We're not swinging the bat well at all,'' Mackanin said. ''(Perez) befuddled us twice now.''
Philadelphia lefty Adam Morgan (1-2) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
''The conditions weren't ideal, but you just have to keep going,'' Morgan said. ''I thought I definitely improved from last outing.''
Ender Inciarte lined an RBI double to left-center to give the Braves a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Erick Aybar's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.
Jeff Francoeur led off the inning with a single and Nick Markakis walked before Inciarte's hit off center fielder Odubel Herrera's glove. Herrera appeared to misjudge the ball and then tried to make a diving catch.
The Braves beat the Phillies 7-1 Friday night. Atlanta's other series win was a three-game sweep over Miami on April 15-17 following an 0-9 start.
''A bad day for us,'' Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis said. ''We've got to start scoring more runs.''
Braves leadoff hitter Chase d'Arnaud had a career-high three hits.
Perez appeared to hit Maikel Franco on the front side of his helmet with a fastball in the seventh, but it was changed to a foul ball following a video review. Franco, who got up slowly after going down, walked on the next pitch.
The Braves are 12-30, worst record in the NL. The Phillies fell to 24-19 with their second straight loss.
Herrera is hitless in his last 11 at-bats, dropping his team-high average to .318. … Ryan Howard is an 0-for-15 slump. He's batting .161.
RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-6, 4.44 ERA) starts for the Phillies against RHP Casey Kelly (0-0, 3.00). Eickhoff hasn't won since April 13. Kelley comes up from Triple-A to make his first start