PHILADELPHIA – Rookie Vance Worley pitched six effective innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on a rain-soaked Tuesday night to extend their lead in the NL East to 9 1-2 games.
The major league-leading Phillies won their 90th game and reduced their magic number for clinching their fifth straight NL East title to 14 games. They have won 90 games in four consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Worley (11-1) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out six to earn his ninth straight win. The Phillies have won Worley's last 14 starts. That's the most for a rookie since Cincinnati won 14 consecutive starts by Wayne Simpson in 1970.
Tim Hudson (14-9) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.