Phillies built a six-run lead and held on for a 7-6 win over the Braves to win Game 1 of their best-of-five National League Division Series.
Nick Castellanos lead the way for the Phillies. He drove in three runs and made a potentially game-saving catch in the ninth inning. Castellanos
Alec Bohm added two RBIs and Bryce Harper had 3 hits for the Phillies offense that built a 7-1 lead by the top of the fifth. Castellanos, who had a subpar year, came in hitting .148 (4 for 27) in seven postseason games. He had nearly as many hits in this one, going 3 for 5.
Travis d’Arnaud homered and drove three runs for the Braves. Matt Olson hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Phillies releiver Zach Eflin to bring the Braves within a run.
Braves starting pitcher Max Fried was roughed up for eight hits and six runs, two of them unearned. The Phillies knocked out the Braves ace in the fourth inning.
Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suárez went just 3 1/3 innings, but made a couple of big pitches to keep the Braves from rallying.
Game 2 is Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta before the series shifts to Philadelphia.
Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos hits an RBI single against the Braves in the fourth inning in Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 11, 2022. Photo courtsey of The New York Post