Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Elliot Johnson tallied two hits and five RBI
and Evan Gattis smacked a two-run homer in the Atlanta Braves' 12-5 win over
the Philadelphia Phillies in the season finale for both teams.
Gerald Laird was 4-for-4 and scored four runs for Atlanta (96-66), which
failed to secure home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs after the St.
Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs.
"I don't know what the value of its is, we're going to have to play a baseball
game," Gattis said of the home-field advantage. "We're not really worried
where we're at."
The NL East-champion Braves, who won their first division title since 2005,
finished with their best record since 2004 when they also tallied 96 wins.
Atlanta will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, which begins Thursday
at Turner Field.
Julio Teheran (14-8) surrendered four runs on six hits over five frames to
pick up the win.
Erik Kratz belted a three-run homer for Philadelphia (73-89), which dropped
nine of its last 11 tilts to close the year to finish with its worst record
"It was a tough go the last week," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Zach Miner (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks over 2 1/3
frames to take the loss.
The Phillies were 20-22 under Sandberg since he took over for Charlie
Manuel, who was fired on Aug. 16.
Gattis' shot came as part of a three-run first and the Braves led 5-0 in the
third following an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons and Johnson's sacrifice
Kratz's blast occurred in the Phillies' four-run fourth to get them within
5-4, but Atlanta pulled away after plating two runs in the fifth and added
three more in the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Jose Constanza deposited a two-run single into center in the
fifth and Johnson's two-run triple highlighted the sixth, which gave the hosts
a 10-4 margin.
Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single in the seventh to trim the deficit to 10-5,
but Johnson's two-run single in the eighth upped the margin to 12-5.
The Braves were 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Philadelphia
was 3-for-7 ... Gattis finished with 21 homers ... Simmons was 3-for-4 and
scored three times.
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