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Phillies seek answers after collapsing down the stretch

Oct. 1, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It took the Philadelphia Phillies a little longer than usual to arrive at a familiar spot. After leading their division with the second-best record in the National League one week into August, the Phillies went 16-33 over the final 49 games and finished with a losing record (80-82) for...

Braves clinch 1st NL East crown since 2013, top Phillies 5-3

Sep. 22, 2018 6:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman stood soaked in champagne with music blaring and his teammates jamming in celebration. This was just how the longtime star first baseman envisioned it when the Atlanta Braves began spring training seven months ago. "You could tell after the first week of workouts that we had...

Braves' Foltynewicz gives up 1st hit in 7th vs Phillies

Sep. 22, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz of the Atlanta Braves has lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. Odubel Herrera led off the seventh by lining a clean single up the middle Saturday at SunTrust Park. The Braves lead 4-0, and can clinch their first division title in five...

Braves top Phillies 8-3, move closer to clinching division

Sep. 21, 2018 12:18 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves moved closer to the playoffs by taking an important win over their closest pursuer. Even better, some players who could play key roles on Atlanta's postseason roster looked playoff-ready. Luca Duda's pinch-hit double drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and the Braves...

Alfaro's HR overshadows Matz's big night; Phillies top Mets

Sep. 19, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As the losses mounted and the Phillies tumbled far out of first place, it was clear many players were pressing. Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler noticed something different about Jorge Alfaro on Tuesday, though, long before the rookie catcher delivered the biggest blow of the night....

Mets may shut down Wheeler after strong start vs Phillies

Sep. 18, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If this was it for Zack Wheeler, he finished strong and — probably most importantly — healthy. Wheeler pitched seven solid innings for his career-best 12th win in what may have been his final start of the season, Michael Conforto had a career-high six RBIs and the New York...

O'Brien, Marlins keep Phillies from moving up with 6-4 win

Sep. 16, 2018 9:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez gave Philadelphia a fast start, homering on the first pitch from Jose Urena. But the Phillies couldn't sustain it and missed a chance to move up in the playoff race. Peter O'Brien homered and drove in three runs as the Miami Marlins blunted Philadelphia's bid to draw...

Phils beat Marlins again, 5-4, remain on periphery of race

Sep. 15, 2018 11:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler is keeping an eye on the NL playoff picture. He's watching even closer to see how his Philadelphia Phillies handle their place in the standings. He was happy with their resolve Saturday night. Cesar Hernandez hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the fifth, seven relievers...

Phillies' collapse result of several factors

Sep. 13, 2018 10:34 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A surprising first half and a surge in early August had the Philadelphia Phillies in prime position to reach the postseason. Then they fell apart. Since completing a four-game sweep over the Miami Marlins on Aug. 5, the Phillies (74-71) are 11-23 and 0-10-1 in those series. They went...

Soto HR in 10th gives Nats doubleheader sweep over Phils

Sep. 12, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Soto made a leaping catch in foul territory in the first game of a doubleheader and ended eight hours of baseball with a milestone homer in the second game. Both plays from the talented teen keyed a sensational sweep for the Nationals. Soto hit a solo home run in the 10th inning,...