Suarez, Eflin and Alvarado help Phillies eliminate Braves

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ranger Suárez threw six sparkling innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies continued their push to the club’s first playoff spot in a decade with a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Matt Vierling hit in the game’s only run with a second-inning sacrificial fly to center that scored JT Realmuto.

Suárez allowed five hits, struck out four and walked two. Zach Eflin had five outs before José Alvarado completed the six-hitter for his second save.

Philadelphia (82-67) moved within a half game of San Diego for the second National League wildcard spot and was 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot. The Phillies also hold the season series advantage over the Brewers, which is the tiebreaker between the teams this year after Major League Baseball eliminated the single-game tiebreaker under its expanded format. of playoffs.

The Braves (93-57) fell 1 1/2 games behind the inactive New York Mets for the NL East lead. The two teams will meet in Atlanta next weekend for the final three scheduled games against each other this season. Atlanta clinched a playoff berth and is currently seeded as the NL’s top wildcard.