- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Phillies scored three runs or fewer for the 39th time this season, leading to predictable results against the Braves on Friday night.

Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and drove in all four Atlanta runs to back Julio Teheran’s strong pitching in the Braves’ 4-2 victory over Philadelphia.

Ben Revere had three hits, including a triple, but the Phillies lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Philadelphia’s sagging offense, which entered ranked 11th in the NL in batting average at .241, couldn’t do much else. The Phillies dropped to 7-32 in the games in which it has scored three or fewer runs.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said winning without consistent offense is tough.

“That can be difficult,” he said. “The guys are grinding it. We’re giving ourselves some opportunities, not as many tonight.”

The Phillies’ biggest highlight, perhaps, might have come from a non-player.

Freeman’s three-run homer was caught by Philadelphia play-by-play announcer Tom McCarthy, who was broadcasting the game from center field along with analysts Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both former Phillies.

“It was just really cool, the most unimaginable thing that could happen,” McCarthy said. “It was a remarkable sequence of events. The biggest thing is I was trying to call the play. Then I said, ‘Please don’t drop it.’”

While neither Stairs nor Moyer brought their gloves, McCarthy had one of his that he uses to play catch with his two teenage boys.

“Just jokingly brought it out more for show than anything,” he said. “There’s no way I would’ve caught it without the glove.”

The announcer received congratulatory texts from his boys and their friends.

“They thought it was awesome,” he said.

The Braves jumped on Kyle Kendrick in the first inning thanks to Freeman’s three-run drive. Freeman’s RBI double in the second boosted Atlanta’s lead to 4-0 before Kendrick settled down.

“This shows how he can carry a ballclub,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Freeman.

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