PHILADELPHIA — Matt Kemp’s arrival in Atlanta has revived the Braves’ offense.
Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth, Kemp had four RBIs and the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Friday night.
Ender Inciarte and Adonis Garcia started the ninth with consecutive singles off closer Jeanmar Gomez (3-3). Freeman then lined a double to left to put the Braves up 5-4. Kemp followed with an RBI single past a drawn-in infield. Kemp’s three-run homer in the fifth tied it at 4.
Nick Markakis added an RBI double in the ninth and Tyler Flowers had a sacrifice fly.
“They’re hitting, man,” Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. “Matt, he hit the homer, but that add-on run was just a good piece of hitting. He’s just an RBI guy. Some guys have a knack for driving runs in. He and Freddie drive runs in. They love those situations.”
The Braves acquired Kemp from San Diego on July 30. He has four of his 27 homers and 23 of his 92 RBIs in 30 games for Atlanta.
“The offense has been showing up the last week or so. Actually, since Matty got here,” Freeman said.
The Braves have scored the second-most runs in the majors (157) since Kemp’s first game on Aug. 2.
“We’ve got some dangerous hitters in this lineup, guys that have been there and done that,” Kemp said. “I really feel the first two guys are setting the table for us offensively. Then me, Freddie and (Nick) Markakis and the rest of us, we’re just feeding off of that.”
A.J. Ellis hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who blew a 4-0 lead.
Braves starter Joel De La Cruz allowed four runs and six hits in five innings and remained 0-7. Mauricio Cabrera (3-0) struck out three straight batters in the eighth after allowing singles to the first two batters.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson blew a 4-0 lead and allowed four runs and five hits in six innings.
The Braves started their rally in the fifth when Gordon Beckham led off with a double and scored on Inciarte’s infield single.
With two on and two outs, Kemp drove a 1-2 hanging curve to the seats in left-center. A frustrated Hellickson crouched behind the mound and scratched his head while Kemp circled the bases.
“I’d like to have that one back,” Hellickson said. “Just a curveball that stayed in the zone too long. I get ahead 0-2 on Kemp and I couldn’t put him away. I can’t make a mistake up in the zone like that with a 4-1 lead.”
Ryan Howard slapped an RBI double the opposite way to left to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first.
Darin Ruf lined a single, Freddy Galvis ripped a double and Ellis drove one out to right to make it 4-0 in the second. Ellis already has five RBIs in 11 at-bats for the Phillies after driving in only 13 runs in 139 at-bats with the Dodgers.
Inciarte has a 13-game hitting streak. … Braves had lost four straight in Philadelphia. … Maikel Franco snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a single in the eighth. … Hellickson has allowed a team-high 24 homers. …. Phillies had nine hits after getting nine combined in three games against the Nationals.
The Braves (52-83) have won four straight, but still have the NL’s worst record. The Phillies (60-74) have lost four in a row.
Galvis played his first game in dreadlocks. He got the new hairdo on Thursday.
Braves: RHP Matt Wisler might miss his next start because he felt pain in his left side during an impressive, 10-strikeout performance on Wednesday night against the Padres. Wisler hopes to throw on the side Saturday.
Braves RHP John Gant (1-3, 4.59 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.21) on Saturday night.