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MLB: Atlanta 8, Philadelphia 2

Sept. 22, 2012 at 8:15 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Justin Heyward drove in four runs and Freddie Freeman pounded a three-run homer Saturday to pace the Atlanta Braves' 8-2 win over Philadelphia.

Freeman's shot in the first inning gave the Braves a quick 3-0 lead and Heyward's bases-clearing double in the next frame iced the victory.

Mike Minor (10-10) tossed six solid innings, allowing two runs on only two hits and a walk, while striking out six. The left-hander won his fourth straight decision for the National League wild card-leading Braves, who evened their three-game series.

Phillies starter Roy Halladay (10-8) was roughed up for seven runs on five hits, lasting just 1 2/3 innings.

Ryan Howard socked a solo homer for Philadelphia.

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