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Phillies Defeat the Braves 8-6; Trea Turner Hits two Home Runs, and Aaron Nola Wins his 100th Career Game

On Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-6, Aaron Nola recorded his 100th career win, and Trea Turner belted two two-run home runs off of Max Fried.

The Phillies, who are atop the NL East, won the first game of the weekend series to increase their advantage over Atlanta, who are in second place, to ten games.

Despite having three important hitters on the injured list—Kyle Schwarber, Bryce Harper, and J.T. Realmuto—the Phillies managed 15 hits.

 According to Nola,“It’s what makes a good team,” 

Manager Rob Thomson continued. “It says a lot. Our front office has done a great job of creating that depth.”

Before allowing Ozzie Albies to reach base with one out in the fourth inning, Nola (10-4) dismissed the first ten batters faced by Atlanta. Austin Riley launched a two-run home run to center field after that. Marcell Ozuna added a three-run drive off José Alvarado in the eighth inning, and Albies finished with three hits, including a home run.

The power display from Turner, the shortstop who was selected on Wednesday as one of Philadelphia’s three starting players for the National League All-Star Game, was too much for the Braves to overcome. Fans also chose Harper and third baseman Alec Bohm as starters, but Harper’s chances of being selected as an All-Star are doubtful due to a hamstring problem in his left leg.

In the Phillies’ three-run fourth, Turner launched his first home run against Fried (7-4). Turner scored his 16th career multi-home run in the sixth inning with his second two-run drive, which traveled 459 feet into the left field bleachers. It was his longest home run of the season.

As Turner put it, “I knew I hit it good.” “I didn’t know I hit it that far.”

Even Thomson was surprised by the 6-foot-2 Turner’s power, given his listed weight of only 185 pounds.

Thomson remarked, “I don’t know how he hits the ball so far, and he’s not the biggest guy on the planet.”

Nola finished his career at 100-75. In six innings, he struck out eight batters while giving up three runs.

Nola finished his career at 100-75. In six innings, he struck out eight batters while giving up three runs.

In six innings, Fried gave up a season-high 11 hits and five runs.

In the seventh inning, the Phillies scored three runs thanks to three errors made by Atlanta.

For his eighth save, Jeff Hoffman pitched a spotless ninth inning.

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