Marsh, Phillies take J2 and split doubleheader with Braves

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Marsh homered, Jake Cave added a two-run triple and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a doubleheader sweep thanks to Matt Olson’s 50th home run of the season and a 7-5 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Michael Harris II and Ronald Acuna Jr. picked it up in 10 innings on the afternoon, 10-8, for the Braves. Harris also came home at night.

The Braves, who clinched at least one wild card and qualified for the postseason for the sixth consecutive year, must win the final two games of the series to clinch the National League East division title in Philadelphia.

Olsen hit a three-run homer in the third and added a solo homer in the sixth, both off Michael Lorenzen (9-9). Olsen already had personal highs in home runs and RBIs (127). Andrew Jones owns Atlanta’s single-season scoring record with 51 in 2005.

In the first game, Kevin Piller and Orlando Arcia homered in the tenth inning to seal the victory for RBI.

The Braves won in extra innings when Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer off Cuban Rhysal Iglesias (4-4) that tied the score at nine for the NL wild-card leaders.

Philadelphia clings to the first wild card, which would allow them to get home in the first round of the playoffs. The defending circuit champions lead the Chicago Cubs by a game and a half.

For the Phillies, Dominican Christian Pache is 2-0.

Acuna went 0-for-4 with a run scored for the Braves. 3-1 Rosary. Arcia 4-0.

For the Phillies, Panama’s Edmundo Sosa went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI.

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