Braves catch Rays flat; Phillies stay atop Majors standings
The Rays appeared as if they were going to take the Braves down to the wire until the fourth inning when the wheels came off Saturday evening.
The Braves took advantage of 12 base-on-balls, a couple errors and a double to put the game out of reach in the fourth with 16 runs. Up to that point, the Rays were leading 2-1.
Cole Cavarra had three runs batted in, two with a double. Players picking up two RBI apiece were Brett Woolley, Clayton Coats, Blake Havey, Nate Labrado and Izack Licata.
The Florida nine got two hits from Max Pettey and one from Hagen Womack. Ben Buhler had an RBI.
The Rays put Gavin Young, Pettey, Addison Ewing and Nolan Chapple on the mound. Young recorded eight strikeouts.
The Atlanta nine pitched Cavarra and Woolley. Cararra had six Ks.
BRAVES 17, RAYS 2
Braves 0 1 0 16 x – 17
Rays 1 0 1 0 x – 2
The Phillies defeated the Rangers to keep one game ahead of the Braves.
Standings – Phillies 8-0, Braves 7-1, Pirates 4-3, Rangers 4-4, Rays 2-6, Cardinals 2-7, Giants 0-6.
April 16, Rays at Cardinals, 7:15 pm
April 18, Pirates at Phillies, 7:15 pm
April 19, Rangers at Giants 7:15
Other Saturday Games, April 13
Phillies 16, Rangers 4
Pirates 11, Cardinals 6