Kyle Wright went six scoreless innings as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Wednesday to level their National League Division Series by a game apiece.
Wright (1-0), going 21-5 during the regular season, allowed two hits and a walk and knocked out six. He threw 83 pitches, 52 of them for strikes. It was his eighth goalless start of the year.
The Braves’ bullpen completed a three-hitter. AJ Minter threw a perfect seventh, Raisel Iglesias worked for a hit in the eighth and Kenley Jansen pulled the team back to make a save in the ninth.
Atlanta produced all three runs of the game in the sixth inning with two RBI singles from Matt Olson, Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud.
The best-of-five series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Friday and Game 4 on Saturday. The two teams shared 10 games in Philadelphia this year. Game 5 would be played back in Atlanta on Sunday if necessary.
The start of Game 2 was delayed by 2 hours, 55 minutes after heavy rain hit the Atlanta area in the morning.
The Braves were able to defeat nemesis Zack Wheeler (0-1), who defeated the Braves twice in the regular season. In six innings, the Atlanta native gave up three runs with four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Wheeler didn’t allow a hit until Ronald Acuna Jr. scored in the fourth inning and was in a groove through the sixth inning. After retiring the first two batters, the momentum changed when he hit Acuna with a throw to the arm.
Wheeler had to wait a few minutes while the coaches dealt with Acuna, who was able to stay in the game.
Wheeler wasn’t the same when play resumed. After Dansby Swanson left, Matt Olson put down a single to the right that ricocheted off first baseman Rhys Hoskins’ glove and allowed Acuna to score.
Swanson scored after Riley’s infield hit, a perfectly placed soft roller on the third baseline, and d’Arnaud hit Olson with a single to center to plate to finish the three-run rally.
The Atlanta defense showed two excellent plays. Swanson, the shortstop, made a running over-the-shoulder catch to end the sixth inning. Third baseman Riley ran down a foul ball in the eighth inning and caught it after crashing into the tarp and falling.