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UH alum Freitas’ first MLB hit boosts Atlanta

PHILADELPHIA >> Ender Inciarte kept swinging and the hits kept dropping.

Inciarte had three more hits, University of Hawaii alumnus David Freitas lined a go-ahead RBI double for his first career hit and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 to complete a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday.

Inciarte was 3-for-5 with one RBI after going 5-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Braves to a 9-1 victory in the opener.

“I was really aggressive,” Inciarte said. “I was swinging at good pitches and why take a fastball in the middle right there if I was feeling so good, so I ended up getting the base hit and building good momentum for the team.”

Julio Teheran (9-11) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight in 61/3 innings.

The Braves entered the day 0-8 at Citizens Bank Park this season and improved to 4-12 overall against the last-place Phillies.

Freitas, a catcher who was drafted in the 15th round after his junior UH season of 2010, put the Braves ahead 2-1 with his fourth-inning double in his second big-league at-bat. He was robbed of a hit his first time up when right fielder Nick Williams made a diving catch on his drive.

Inciarte’s RBI single extended the lead to 3-1.

Philadelphia’s Game 2 starter, Mark Leiter Jr. (2-4), allowed three runs and nine hits in 62/3 innings.

Braves starter R.A Dickey (9-8) struck out nine over eight innings in Game 1.

In the opener, Inciarte singled his first four times up and hit a two-out triple in the seventh. He walked in the ninth. He has had five hits in a game three times this season.

Braves third baseman Brandon Phillips singled for his 2,000th hit in Game 1 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4

PHOENIX >> Paul Goldschmidt homered for the third straight game, Robbie Ray struck out 10 in 62/3 innings and Arizona handed Los Angeles its first four-game losing streak of the season.

Cubs 17, Pirates 3

CHICAGO >> Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo also went deep and Chicago pounded Pittsburgh.

Nationals 4, Marlins 0

WASHINGTON >> Stephen Strasburg tossed a six-hitter and also homered, Wilmer Difo added a home run and Washington beat Miami to complete a three-game sweep.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 5

MILWAUKEE >> Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar homered in the sixth inning, and center fielder Keon Broxton made a leaping catch over the wall for the final out.

Mets 2, Reds 0

CINCINNATI >> Rafael Montero took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, and New York held on for a victory that extended its dominance over Cincinnati.

Padres 5, Giants 0

SAN DIEGO >> Travis Wood homered and pitched into the fifth inning, Jose Pirela also went deep and San Diego blanked San Francisco.

American League

Orioles 8, Mariners 7

BALTIMORE >> Welington Castillo went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Baltimore beat Seattle for its season-high seventh straight victory.

Rangers 8, Astros 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. >> Andrew Cashner pitched eight strong innings, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and Texas beat Houston in a game relocated to Florida because of Hurricane Harvey.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO >> Mitch Moreland had a pinch-hit homer and drove in four runs, Hanley Ramirez added a solo blast and Boston beat Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.

Twins 11, White Sox 1

MINNEAPOLIS >> Jose Berrios pitched seven scoreless innings, Brian Dozier had four hits and Eddie Rosario homered twice as Minnesota defeated Chicago.

Rays 5, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. >> Logan Morrison, Steven Souza Jr. and Adeiny Hechavarria homered to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City.

Angels 10, Athletics 8

ANAHEIM, Calif. >> Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with a homer and scored four times in his return to the lineup, Albert Pujols connected twice and Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning to rally Los Angeles past Oakland.

Interleague

Tigers 6, Rockies 2

DENVER >> Justin Verlander struck out nine over six commanding innings and aided his own cause by driving in his first career run.

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