Things were looking bleak for the Phillies once again on Monday, as their shoddy defense gave the Braves an early lead. However, Bryson Stott hit yet another clutch homer to give the Phils a 6-4 victory. 

Ranger Suárez ran into trouble in the second inning when a Johan Camargo throwing error plated the first two runs of the game. Suarez compounded the issue with a wild pitch that scored Orlando Arcia, making it a 3-0 Braves lead.

Stott lucked into a two-RBI double in the bottom of the frame when his grounder to first base took a funky hop on Matt Olson. J.T. Realmuto tied the game at three with an RBI single in the third, and the Phillies looked to be in business. However, a weak grounder from Marcell Ozuna in the sixth turned into an RBI infield single, and the Braves were back on top 4-3. 

At that point it looked like the Phillies were going to drop another heartbreaker, but Bryson Stott has something to say about that. Just like he did against the Angels last month, Stott launched a three-run shot into the right field seats to put the Phils on top for good. Seranthony Domínguez slammed the door in the ninth, and the Phillies stopped their ugly losing streak in its tracks. 

It’s a much needed win over the Braves for a Phillies team that had stumbled out of the All-Star break, embarrassingly losing three straight to the Cubs. Tonight’s win brings them a game closer to a division rival, and puts them only 0.5 games back of the Cardinals for the third and final wildcard spot. 

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