Zack Wheeler completed the form that helped him finish second in last year’s Cy Young Award voting. Wheeler went 6 2/3 innings with a season-high 10 strikeouts, Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs with an early double and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Monday night.
The two teams began the day tied for second place in the division, eight games to go, and have not met since Sept. 30, when the defending World Series champion Braves won to claim their fourth consecutive National League East Division title.
Wheeler (3-3) improved to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA with 40 strikeouts in his last five starts and has allowed two runs or fewer in four of them. After hitting 8 hits and 2 no-runs, Zack Wheeler is 3-2 with a 1.79 ERA in six games against Atlanta Braves since the start of last season.
Kyle Schwarber runs to start his second and advance on J.T. Single Realmuto and the journey of Roman Quinn. Hoskins hit a gapper to right center to clear the base and take a 3-0 lead. Rhys Hoskins’ 35 hits this season, 16 have been to extra base.
The Phillies extended their lead in the third quarter with three more rounds to take a 6-0 lead on Realmuto’s RBI triples and Quinn’s two-round doubles. Atlanta starter Tucker Davidson (1-1) allowed four hits, five runs and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. Jean Segura’s RBI single made it 7-0 in the fourth quarter.
Wheeler scored 11 straight points before Austin Riley doubled in the fifth set and scored on Dansby Swanson’s single to cut the lead to 7-1. Riley’s RBI single in the seventh made it 7-2.
Among all pitchers with at least 45 innings against an opponent since the beginning of 2020, Wheeler started the game with a 1.75 ERA against Atlanta, who finished second in the Major to St. Louis Adam Wainwright with a 0.55 ERA against Pittsburgh.