Philadelphia's five game winning streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday when the Braves beat up on the Phillies, 8-2. Roy Halladay only lasted 1⅔ innings, giving up seven earned runs on five hits and three walks. He also struck out three. Mike Minor earned the win, going six innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out six.
Freddie Freeman got the Braves off to a fast start in the first inning with a three-run home run. Things just got worse for the Phils in the second innings when Jason Heyward hit a bases-clearing, three-run double, which chased Halladay from the game. Chipper Jones followed that up with a double of his own, scoring Heyward to make it 7-0.
The Phillies got on the board with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly from Darin Ruf in the third inning, and Ryan Howard hit a home run to make it 7-2. However, the Phillies wouldn't get any closer.
The loss dropped Philadelphia four games behind the Cardinals for the last Wild Card spot. The Phillies and Braves play again on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.