Braves, Dickey hold down Phillies
ATLANTA -- Veteran R.A. Dickey baffled the Philadelphia hitters for seven innings and broke a six-game winless streak, helping the Atlanta Braves to a 3-1 victory Thursday.
The knuckleball specialist allowed one run and three hits, and he retired 15 consecutive batters from the second through sixth innings.
Dickey (4-4) struck out a season-high eight batters in his first start with catcher Tyler Flowers behind the plate. He did not walk a batter for the first time in 12 starts this season and won for the first time since May 2 after going 0-2 with four no-decisions.
Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth inning and earned his 12th save.
The win gave Atlanta a split of the four-game series. Philadelphia leads the season series 5-2.
Philadelphia rookie Ben Lively (1-1), making his second major league start, worked around nine hits and two walks over seven innings, allowing three runs.
Atlanta's 11-hit attack was led by Brandon Phillips, Matt Kemp, Matt Adams and Flowers with two hits apiece.
The Braves went ahead 3-0 by scoring a run in the sixth inning. Adams singled and scored when Flowers doubled over the head of Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera.
Philadelphia got a run in the seventh. Herrera doubled to left -- his 12th straight extra-base hit -- and scored when Maikel Franco fisted a single to the opposite field in right. Herrera was able to just beat the throw home from Nick Markakis with a slide.
The Phillies got runners on the corners in the eighth with two outs against Atlanta reliever Arodys Vizcaino, but lefty Ian Krol retired Herrera to end the threat.
Atlanta scored twice in the first inning. Ender Inciarte walked and went to third on Phillips' double. Inciarte scored when Markakis grounded to second base, and Phillips scored on Kemp's double.
NOTES: The Braves grounded into two more double plays Thursday to extend their league-leading total to 65. ... Philadelphia purchased the contract of RHP Casey Fien from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and designated LHP Joely Rodriguez for assignment. Fien has a 2.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in nine innings for the Iron Pigs. Rodriguez was 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA with the Phillies. ... Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said RHP Joaquin Benoit (left knee strain) will work a bullpen session Friday and could be activated as early as Saturday. ... Philadelphia continues its three-city road trip with the start of a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday. The Phillies will send RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 4.50 ERA) against St. Louis RHP Michael Wacha (2-3, 4.67). ... Atlanta continues its homestand with a four-game set against New York. The Braves start RHP Julio Teheran (5-4, 5.40 ERA) against New York RHP Matt Harvey (4-3, 5.43) in the opener.