Philadelphia, PA — The guys in pinstripes weren’t going to make a fool out of the Phanatic’s 37th birthday.
Ben Revere drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the fifth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies held on for a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves in Sunday’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park.
Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who won two of three against the Braves. Jerome Williams (2-1) gave up three runs on eight hits before being removed with two outs in the seventh.
Jace Peterson had a two-run single and Freddie Freeman doubled twice for Atlanta. Trevor Cahill (0-3) allowed four runs on five hits and walked three in six innings.
Freddy Galvis, who had three of Philadelphia’s six hits, scored on a throwing error by the first baseman Freeman in the seventh to make it 5-3.
The Braves threatened in the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, who gave up a home run to pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo with one out. After Nick Markakis struck out, Andrelton Simmons singled and Freeman walked.
Papelbon survived the shaky outing and earned his fourth save of the season when Revere caught a fly ball hit by Kelly Johnson in front of the left-field wall.
“We came up a little short. That add-on run in the seventh, that hurt a little bit,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Two walks hurt Williams in the first as both runners scored when Peterson hit a two-out single with the bases loaded through the right side of the infield.
The Phillies grabbed the lead in the bottom of the inning on Howard’s two-out blast to right-center field. Revere was aboard with a leadoff single and Chase Utley worked walk before the homer.
“It was good for us to be able to come right back after they got those two (runs),” Howard said.
Atlanta tied it in the third on back-to-back doubles by Freeman and Johnson.
Revere tripled into the right-field corner in the fifth, plating Galvis for a 4-3 Philadelphia lead.
Notes: The Phillies claimed their first home series against the Braves since a three- game sweep from Sept. 6-8, 2013 … Philadelphia had lost its last seven Sunday games dating back to last season … The Phanatic has been voted one of MLB’sbest mascots since his April, 1978 introduction, and has been played by Tom Burgoyne since 1993.