We interrupt your regularly scheduled HBT programming to bring you this breaking news item: The Braves have won a baseball game.
Williams Perez tossed seven strong innings and Hector Olivera hit his first major league home run as the Braves beat the Phillies 7-2 tonight to snap their 12-game losing streak.
Perez allowed two runs on six hits and no walks over his seven innings of work. The rookie right-hander struck out seven batters. Olivera drove in four runs on the night, including a two-run double in the fourth inning and a two-run homer in the ninth. Freddie Freeman also hit a two-run homer in the victory.
This was the Braves’ first win since August 24 and just their second in their last 21 games. As for the Phillies, they have now lost five consecutive games. Tonight’s attendance at Citizens Bank Park (15,125) was the smallest in the history of the ballpark. Tough times for both of these teams.