First, Charlie Morton held the Phillies scoreless for seven innings on Tuesday, helping the Braves to a 2-1 win that dealt a major blow to Philadelphia’s chances of unseating the three-time division champs. Max Fried, coming off a shutout, surrendered one earned runs (two runs overall) over seven innings Wednesday in the Braves’ 7-2 victory that cut their magic number to one and has them positioned to clinch the National League East as early as Thursday.
“It just alleviated any kind of stress or anxiety coming into it, just knowing that he went out there and laid everything on the line,” Fried said of following Morton. “Obviously, he had such a good start, I just wanted to follow that up. Just wanted to be able to go out there and keep us in the game, knowing that this lineup could explode at any second. ... I just wanted to put us in a good position to win.”