ATLANTA -- Long after Julio Teheran's struggles began with Ryan Howard's first-inning grand slam, the Braves battled back from a six-run deficit for a 7-6 win over the Phillies on Tuesday night at a rain-soaked Turner Field.
Tyler Flowers delivered a double during the decisive eighth inning that was capped when Mallex Smith and Emilio Bonifacio recorded consecutive two-out singles off David Hernandez. Flowers also capped Atlanta's four-run sixth inning with three-run homer that traveled a projected 417 feet with a 107 mph exit velocity via Statcast™.
"I'm just happy to be here and find a way to contribute," said Smith, who had two hits while making his first start since fracturing his thumb on June 19. "I can't say that any more genuinely than I did right there."
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff retired each of the first 11 hitters he faced before Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 29 games with a two-out homer in the seventh inning. Eickhoff and Teheran, who allowed six earned runs and 10 hits in just four innings, did not return after a 1-hour, 53-minute rain delay, which began before the start of the fifth inning.
"That was tough getting down 6-0, but I think the rain delay kind of helped," Freeman said. "We got regrouped, came out and swung the bats well. It was kind of nice to help Julio out. We haven't been helping him out all year. It was nice to bail him out."
Roman Quinn highlighted his three-hit night with a double during a two-run second inning that gave the Phillies a 6-0 lead. But after Teheran exited, the Braves notched their eighth win in their past nine games courtesy of a bullpen that delivered five scoreless innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Howard moves up the charts: Howard's grand slam was the 15th of his career, which moved him into a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. and Richie Sexson for 13th place on the all-time list. The home run also moved Howard into a tie with Albert Belle for 69th place on the all-time home run list. Both sluggers hit 381 home runs.
"I savor every home run, period," said Howard, who said he is not getting wistful thinking about his potential final week with the Phillies. "You guys are looking at it the way you guys are looking at it. I just really stay in the moment. I don't really try to focus on any of that stuff." More »
Streak extender: Freeman's 29-game hitting streak ties him with Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the longest produced in the Majors this season. The Braves first baseman would have a chance to match Dan Uggla's Atlanta record 33-game hitting streak on Saturday. His solo shot off the previously perfect Eickhoff also extended his on-base streak to 45 games, which is also MLB's longest active streak. More »
Bullpen problems continue: The Phillies' bullpen has an 8.03 ERA (69 earned runs in 77 ⅓ innings) this month, which included six runs in five innings against the Braves. Severino Gonzalez and Luis Garcia allowed four runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game, and Joely Rodriguez and Hernandez allowed two runs in the eighth to give the Braves the lead. Edubray Ramos was unavailable because of a right elbow issue. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin planned to bring in Hector Neris to close in the ninth.
"But, at some point, somebody else has to do a … job," Mackanin said. "Somebody else has to … step up. In two games now, every reliever I brought in has given up a … run. That's unheard of."
Game saving grab:Dansby Swanson struck out with the bases loaded before Smith and Bonifacio delivered their clutch singles in the eighth inning. But Swanson also played a significant role in this victory when he dove into the left-field grass to stop Cesar Hernandez's single and prevent Aaron Altherr from scoring from second base.
"That's a huge play," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was like the kid never stopped trying to catch the ball."
"He's a very good hitter. He's just smart. He kind of got me on that one. I don't think I missed a spot on that one. That's a spot where I've always gotten him out. But he got me pretty good and I just need to tip my hat and keep pitching." -- Teheran, on Howard's grand slam
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Howard is now tied with Johnny Bench for the most homers (52) hit against the Braves during the Atlanta era which dates back to 1966. .
"I've always loved coming down to Atlanta, playing down here," Howard said. "It's been a great field. It's been one of those stadiums where I've been able to have some success."
WHAT'S NEXT Phillies: Left-hander Adam Morgan makes his final start of the season Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET against the Braves at Turner Field. Morgan joined the rotation in late April, but got optioned to Triple-A after he started 1-7 with a 6.65 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts). He rejoined the rotation last month and he has a 3.69 ERA in his last seven starts.
Braves: Atlanta will send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound when this three-game series resumes on Wednesday night. Foltynewicz will be making his first appearance since being hit on the left calf by Marcell Ozuna's line drive on Sept. 12.