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Atlanta Braves Tie Phillies 7-7 After Late Rally In Ninth

The Atlanta Braves played their second-to-last Spring Training game of the exhibition season on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite a not-so-stellar pitching performance from Julio Teheran -- he allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks -- the club rallied late to claim a 7-7 tie.

Tyler Pastornicky continued to look comfortable at the plate and went 1-for-2 with three walks. Jason Heyward roped out a single in his lone at-bat, and the trio of Freddie Freeman, Matt Diaz and Eric Hinske all doubled. Josh Wilson hit his first homer of the spring in the ninth.

The afore mentioned Teheran struggled mightily in the fourth inning, but he allowed just one hit and one walk up to that point. He was squeezed badly by the home plate umpire with Jim Thome at the plate, which eventually led to back-to-back walks and a double. Johan Flande, who is set to earn the final spot in the bullpen, allowed three hits and walked two batters in relief of Teheran.

Jonny Venters and Cory Gearrin both worked scoreless innings of relief, and neither Dustin Hughes nor Adam Russell allowed a base runner to reach in the eighth or ninth innings.

The Braves will face the Mets on Monday at noon. It is the final Spring Training game of the year.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.