Weber solid in debut, but Braves blanked by Phillies 5-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Weber pitched well in his major league debut. His teammates couldn’t come through with runners on base.
Weber allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, but the Atlanta Braves managed just seven hits off three Philadelphia pitchers in a 5-0 loss Tuesday night.
“I thought he was terrific,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Weber. “He mixed and matched his pitches, had a good sinker and got the ball over the plate. For his first major league start, he wasn’t at all worried. He was very impressive. I was really pleased.”
Weber (0-1) became the 59th player used by the Braves. Earlier this season, Atlanta broke the club record of 50 players used in 2007.
“Pretty surreal up until right now because I didn’t know what to expect,” Weber said. “Finally getting out and seeing the field and the bullpen, it finally hit me like, ‘I’m pitching in the big leagues.’”
A day after snapping their 12-game losing streak and 13-game road skid, Atlanta couldn’t score against Aaron Nola and two relievers while losing its 20th game in the last 22.
“We had chances, but we just couldn’t come through at the right time,” Atlanta’s Michael Bourn said.
The Braves threatened in the third, sixth and eighth innings.
In the third, Atlanta had runners on second and third with one out, but Nola struck out Nick Markakis and got Hector Olivera to fly out to center.
With runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, Nola fanned Nick Swisher and induced Jace Peterson into an inning-ending groundout.
“I felt like I made clutch pitches when I needed to,” Nola said.
The Braves loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Peterson hit a soft liner to short for the final out.
Nola (6-2) rebounded from the worst start of his career, allowing six hits with a career-high seven strikeouts and one walk, to help Philadelphia snap a five-game losing streak. The right-hander gave up six runs and nine hits in four innings of a 9-4 loss at the New York Mets last Wednesday.
“He’s a special guy,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. “He stepped up to the plate and really hit it out of the park. His ability to locate his fastball down in the zone on both sides of the plate is his strong suit.”
Cesar Hernandez had two hits and Brian Bogusevic had an RBI for Philadelphia.
Weber was glad to get an opportunity in the big leagues. The right-hander, who was a 22nd-round pick in the 2009 draft, started six games in 27 appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett this season and went 6-3 with a 2.21 ERA.
“I had a little chip on my shoulder because I knew that I could compete here and play well,” Weber said. “Finally, when they called me and said ‘You’re coming up,’ I knew I had to go out there and do what I had been doing all season.”
Ken Giles recorded the final four outs for his 12th save in 15 opportunities.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Hernandez doubled, went to third on Odubel Herrera’s single and scored when Aaron Altherr grounded into a double play.
Bogusevic’s RBI single in the fifth drove in Andres Blanco, who tripled to lead off the inning, giving Philadelphia a 2-0 lead.
Herrera cleared the wall in right off Dan Burawa for the eighth homer of his rookie season, making it 5-0.
“It allowed us to breathe a little bit,” Mackanin said.
Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, dropping him to 0 for his last 25.
Hernandez extended his hitting streak to nine games, and he is batting .378 over that stretch.
A night after homering, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman went 0 for 4 with a strikeout to end his on-base streak at 12 games.
Braves: OF Cameron Maybin (left cornea abrasion) missed his third straight game.
Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco, on the DL since Aug. 12 with a left wrist fracture, will test his wrist on Wednesday.
RHP David Buchanan (2-7, 9.00) takes the mound in the series finale for Philadelphia against Braves RHP Julio Teheran (9-7, 4.51) on Wednesday night. Buchanan was sent to the minors after giving up 11 runs and 11 hits in 1 2-3 inning on Aug. 1 at Arizona. Teheran is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts against Philadelphia this season.