Stott leads Phillies to 6-4 comeback victory over Braves

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PHILADELPHIA – Bryson Stott homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Alec Bohm doubled and had three hits for the Phillies, who rebounded from a three-game sweep at home against the lowly Chicago Cubs last weekend.

“It’s huge after losing three to the Cubs being able to come back today and pull that one out,” Stott said. “Hopefully that’ll give us the momentum to keep going.”

Austin Riley had a pair of doubles and Marcell Ozuna had three hits and an RBI for the Braves, who fell two games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East. Atlanta has lost two in a row for the first time since June 17-18.

“We’ll put this behind us and come out and win a game tomorrow,” manager Brian Snitker said.

With the Braves leading by one, A.J. Minter (4-3) got the first two outs in the eighth inning before Bohm and Yairo Munoz singled to put runners on first and second. Stott then drove a full-count cutter into the seats in right field for his seventh home run, putting the Phillies ahead 6-4.

“The bullpen has been great,” Snitker said. “It’s going to happen every now and then.”

Andrew Bellatti (2-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win, and Seranthony Dominguez worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

“It’s a huge win altogether,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “The way we started the second half, the way we started this game. We kept fighting, kept grinding and got it done.”

Atlanta starter Max Fried gave up three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in six innings.

The Braves went ahead 4-3 in the sixth with a run off reliever Connor Brogdon. Riley hit his second double with one out, went to third on Brogdon’s wild pitch and scored on Ozuna’s chopper to third that left Johan Camargo with no play.

Atlanta jumped out to a 3-0 lead against starter Ranger Suarez in the second with the help of poor Philadelphia defense. With the bases loaded and two outs, Michael Harris II hit a grounder to Camargo at third. But his throw eluded first baseman Rhys Hoskins, allowing two runs to score on the error. Orlando Arcia then scored from third base on a wild pitch.

None of the three runs Suarez gave up were earned in his five innings of four-hit ball.

Philadelphia got within 3-2 in the bottom half on Stott’s two-run double that took a wild bounce in front of first baseman Matt Olson before getting past him. The Phillies tied it an inning later on J.T. Realmuto‘s RBI single.

LIFE OF RILEY

Riley is batting .435 with seven doubles, eight homers and 15 RBIs since July 5.

“He’s been awesome all year,” Snitker said. “Unbelievable. Fun to watch. Just really good at-bats, playing great defense and just having about as good a year as you can.”

CRAWFORD SIGNS

The Phillies signed first-round draft pick Justin Crawford. Selected No. 17 overall, the 18-year-old hit .503 with 17 doubles and 52 RBIs in 42 games this past spring for Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada. He is the son of four-time All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford.

Philadelphia also inked OF Gabriel Rincones Jr. (third-round pick), RHP Orion Kerkering (fifth), LHP Mavis Graves (sixth), C Caleb Ricketts (seventh), RHP Alex Rao (eighth), OF Chad Castillo (ninth), C Gustavo Sosa (10th), C Jordan Dissin (12th), OF Cade Fergus (13th), SS Bryan Rincon (14th), OF Troy Schreffler (15th), RHP Josh Bortka (16th), RHP Daniel Harper (17th) and RHP Drew Garrett (19th).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: RHP Kirby Yates (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to make his fourth rehab appearance Wednesday at Triple-A Gwinnett.

Phillies: OF/DH Bryce Harper told reporters he did not have the pins removed from his broken left thumb during a doctor’s visit on Monday. The 2021 NL MVP will be re-evaluated next Monday. He expects to return at some point this season. . INF Jean Segura (broken right index finger) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. Segura hasn’t played since getting injured on May 31.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Spencer Strider (4-3, 3.03 ERA) opposes RHP Aaron Nola (6-7, 3.13) in the middle game of the series Tuesday night.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.