ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a game-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Philadelphia Phillies took full advantage of a rescinded call, beating the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Wednesday.
After being eliminated 13-1 in the opener of the two-game series between the NL East rivals, the Phillies appeared to be on their final three outs when JT Realmuto grounded themselves in what was ruled a double play end of innings with the Braves nursing. a 1-0 lead.
But Philadelphia contested the call, and the replay showed Realmuto’s foot heading for the sack before the stint as Rhys Hoskins headed home from third.
With the game now tied at 1, Collin McHugh (2-2) fell behind 2-0 in the count before making one at Castellanos, who launched a 420ft drive off the center field wall to his ninth home run of the season.
Zack Wheeler (10-5) took the win over his hometown team with five hits over seven innings, ending Atlanta’s four-game winning streak. His only big mistake came in the fifth, when he homered Orlando Arcia.
Phillies newcomer David Robertson, acquired in a series of deals before the trade deadline, worked a scoreless ninth for his first stop in Philadelphia after earning 14 wins for the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves lost 6 2/3 scoreless innings to Charlie Morton, who put on another solid performance by Atlanta’s rotation.
Over the past five games, the starters have allowed just 16 hits and three runs in 33 innings, with seven walks and 40 strikeouts.
The Braves are leading the NL wildcard race and have higher sights as they hit the road for a rare five-game series against the first-place Mets.
New York entered the day 2½ games ahead of the World Series champion Braves, who have won four straight NL East titles.
Braves C Travis d’Arnaud was set to start behind the plate, but a stomach issue forced a change of plans. William Contreras was given the nod for a short rest after playing the night before.
Phillies: Return home to start a four-game series Thursday against the Nationals. Newly acquired Noah Syndergaard (5-8, 3.83 ERA with the Los Angeles Angels) will get the nod against a Washington team that no longer has star hitter Juan Soto. OF Brandon Marsh, acquired from the Angels in a separate trade, is also expected to join the Phillies on Thursday.
Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (13-4, 2.93 ERA) will get the nod in Thursday’s series opener against the Mets, while newcomer Jake Odorizzi – acquired in a flurry of trades ahead of the Deadline — Set to make his Braves debut with a start in Saturday’s doubleheader. Another Deadline addition, RHP Raisel Iglesias, will join the bullpen in New York. RHP Jay Jackson was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the vacancy on the pitching staff on Wednesday.
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