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Ben Sheets Stars Again As Braves Win 7th Straight Over Phillies

Citizens Bank Ballpark has been a house of horrors for the Braves in recent years, but that has not been the last few months. Atlanta won their fourth-straight game in Philadelphia (and seventh-straight over their NL East foes) on Monday night as they won by a score of 6-1.

Ben Sheets continued to pitch well against the new-look Phillies. He tossed 7.1 innings of one-run ball, scattering seven hits and a walk. Sheets did not strike any batters out. Vance Worley started for the Phillies and was not sharp, pitching just 3.2 innings while surrendering four runs on six hits and three walks.

Freddie Freeman ripped a two-out double down the first base line to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead in the third inning. A wild pitch from Worley then scored Freeman with Brian McCann at the plate. Michael Bourn came up with an RBI-single in the next frame to make it 4-0.

John Mayberry plated the lone run of the game for Philly with a solo homer in the fourth.

McCann continued to punish the Phillies in the seventh with an RBI-single to right. Jason Heyward crushed his 18th home run of the season in the ninth to push the lead to 6-1.

Cristhian Martinez came in and worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. The Braves are now 63-46 on the season, their best mark of the year.

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