Braves vs. Cubs
When: 8 p.m. tonight
Where: Wrigley Field, Atlanta
On TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Arodys Vizcaino was one strike away from taking a lead into the ninth until Freddy Galvis caught up to his 99 mph fastball.
Galvis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
Adonis Garcia hit a pair of RBI doubles for the Braves, including one in the eighth for a 3-2 lead. But Vizcaino, who has 10 saves, walked Maikel Franco to start the bottom half and allowed a single to Carlos Ruiz.
After Tommy Joseph grounded into a double play, Galvis ripped Vizcaino’s 2-2 pitch into the seats in right field.
“It’s a tough one anytime you lose a game like that on one swing,” Braves left fielder Jeff Francoeur said. “When you struggle, when it rains, it pours.”
Franco hit a homer for the fourth straight game to help the Phillies complete a three-game sweep and win for the eighth time in nine games.
Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins allowed one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He started in place of Julio Teheran, who returned to Atlanta to be treated for an infection on his right thigh.
“He did a great job stretching the game that far,” Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. “He gave us everything he had. He was pitching. He was mixing pitches, keeping the ball down.”
Jenkins was converted from starter to reliever in the minors shortly before coming up. He made four relief appearances before getting his first start against the Phillies.
“It definitely gives me confidence,” he said.
Hector Neris (3-3) got the win despite allowing a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 23rd save in 25 tries.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits in six innings.
Garcia lined an RBI double to right-center to score Francoeur, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Garcia hit a sharp grounder down the left-field line to put the Braves up 3-2.
Franco tied it at 2 with an opposite-field shot to right off Chris Withrow in the sixth.
Odubel Herrera sliced an RBI double down the left-field line with two outs in the fifth to tie it at 1. Earlier in the inning, Francoeur made a perfect no-hop throw to the plate from left field to get Galvis trying to score from second on a single.
Jenkins waited at the top of the dugout to give Francoeur a hug.
“Nobody was surprised except me,” Jenkins said of the throw.
Hellickson walked Freddie Freeman with the bases loaded to force in a run in the third. A fielding error on second baseman Cesar Hernandez led to the unearned run.