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Pierzynski delivers in the 9th inning, Atlanta Braves top Phillies 2-1
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The Atlanta Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, left, celebrates with teammates after hitting a single to score Andrelton Simmons in the ninth inning and 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday in Atlanta. - photo by David Goldman

Braves at Mets

When: 7:10 tonight

Where: Citi Field, New York

On TV: Sport South

A.J. Pierzynski’s single in the ninth inning drove in Andrelton Simmons from third, and the Atlanta Braves, led by Julio Teheran’s bid for a perfect game, beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Sunday.

Teheran had a perfect game through six innings before giving up a single to Freddy Galvis to lead off the seventh.

With one out in the ninth, Simmons reached on an infield hit against Luis Garcia (3-6) and advanced to second on third baseman Cody Asche’s errant throw to first. With Jace Peterson at the plate, Simmons stole third. Peterson walked.

Pierzynski, who entered as a replacement for injured starter Christian Bethancourt in the top of the inning, dropped a single into shallow center field to drive in Simmons.

Peter Moylan (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the ninth.

Teheran and Moylan couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the ninth.

Aaron Altherr hit a one-out single that center fielder Cameron Maybin, charging on the play, couldn’t control. Brian Bogusevic also singled up the middle, putting runners on first and second. Andres Blanco’s two-out single off Moylan drove in Altherr.

Aaron Nola gave up one run on five hits and three walks in seven innings.

Teheran, 24, was helped by strong defense in the first inning, as second baseman Peterson made a leaping catch on Odubel Herrera’s liner to end the inning.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first. Michael Bourn led off with a double past Galvis at second base. Bourn moved to third on a single by Hector Olivera and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single to center field.

No Braves pitcher has thrown a perfect game. Atlanta’s last no-hitter was thrown by Kent Mercker in a 6-0 win against the Dodgers on April 8, 1994.

TRAINER’S ROOM
Phillies: Altherr said before the game his left wrist is still “bothering me a little bit, but not enough to keep me out.” After being held out of Saturday’s lineup, Altherr started in left field and moved to center in the fourth when Herrera was removed from the game.

Braves: Assistant GM John Coppolella announced RHP Mike Foltynewicz has blood clots in his right arm and has been in Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital since Friday. Foltynewicz is on blood thinners. He had been on the DL since Sept. 2 with inflammation in his ribs. Coppolella said the blood clots are not related to the ribs injury. … Bethancourt left the game in the ninth with an apparent hand injury suffered on Altherr’s slide across the plate.

UP NEXT
Phillies: Following an off day on Monday, the Phillies open a three-game series at Miami on Tuesday. RHP Aaron Harang (5-15) is scheduled to face RHP Tom Koehler.

Braves: The final road trip of the season begins at the Mets on Monday night when RHP Shelby Miller (5-15) again will try for his first win since May 17. Miller’s streak of 22 winless starts is the longest for any pitcher in a season during which he was an All-Star.

 

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