Upon further review, Phillies use overturned third out on replay to rally past Braves 5-4


PHILADELPHIA — Trea Turner capitalized on a third out overturned on replay with a tying single and Alec Bohm drove in the two runs in the seventh inning to rally the Philadelphia Phillies over the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday.

The win settled some nerves among the grumbling sports faithful in Philly after Atlanta decisively won the first two games.

Atlanta was on course for a three-game sweep until a replay review in the seventh denied the Braves a third out.

Leading 3-2 behind a strong outing from Chris Sale in his Braves’ debut, reliever Aaron Bummer (0-1) seemingly got Johan Rojas to ground into an inning-ending double play.

But a second look showed Rojas was safe and overturned the call by first base umpire Clint Vondrak, and the third straight sellout crowd roared in approval.

Kyle Schwarber, who opened the game with his 32nd leadoff homer, singled to put two runners on base. Turner punched the tying single to right and Bohm followed with a two-RBI single that diving left fielder Adam Duvall could not snag, giving the Phillies a 5-3 lead.

Gegory Soto’s first pitch in the eighth retired Matt Olson on a flyout and left the tying run on third after the Braves closed within a run.

José Alvarado, who allowed five runs and took the loss on opening day, worked the ninth for the save.

Ranger Suárez and five relievers held the Braves to just seven hits after they put 32 hits, 10 doubles and 14 extra-base hits in the first two games. Matt Strahm (1-0) tossed a scoreless seventh for the win.

The fortuitous circumstances that sparked the Phillies’ first win were enough to make them exhale. So was the news that slugging first baseman Bryce Harper was seemingly fine a day after a hard tumble over a railing in foul territory. Harper did get the day off against a tough lefty in Sale.

Sale allowed two runs, five hits and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings in his first start since an offseason trade with Boston. If he can stay healthy, Sale should prove a potent addition to Atlanta’s rotation.

Atlanta took a gamble on the lefty given Sale’s injury-filled career. He has made just 31 starts over the last four seasons in Boston, including 20 last season when he went 6-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 102 2/3 innings.

Sale, who signed a $38 million, two-year deal after landing in Atlanta, joined a rotation that includes 2023 All-Stars Spencer Strider and Bryce Elder, longtime ace Max Fried and 40-year-old Charlie Morton.

Sale impressed in the fifth after he allowed only one run to score after loading the bases with no outs. He retired Schwarber on a double play and struck out Turner to end the threat and help Atlanta keep a 3-2 lead.

A game after the Braves hit four homers, Ozzie Albies had a two-run shot in the first for the early lead. Adam Duvall tacked on an RBI double in the fourth that boosted the advantage to 3-1


Atlanta continues its season-opening trip with three in Chicago against the White Sox. The Braves send RHP Charlie Morton (14-12, 3.64 ERA in 2023) to the mound against RHP Chris Flexen (2-8, 6.86) on Monday

The Phillies host the Reds for three games starting Monday. The Phillies send LHP Cristopher Sánchez (3-5, 3.44) to the mound against LHP Andrew Abbott (8-6, 3.87).


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