- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A few weeks in the minors didn’t help David Buchanan figure things out.

Buchanan got rocked again and the Philadelphia Phillies lost 8-1 to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night in the rubber game of a series between the teams with the two worst records in the majors.

Buchanan (2-8) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings in his first start since Aug. 11. His ERA rose to 9.11 and he has allowed 22 runs and 31 hits in just nine innings over his last three starts.

“I’ll keep taking the ball and try to give my team a chance to win,” Buchanan said.

Julio Teheran threw seven impressive innings and Christian Bethancourt for the Braves.

Teheran (10-7) gave up one run and four hits to help Atlanta take two of three and avoid tying the Phillies for last place. The Braves had lost 12 in a row and 19 of 20 before coming to Philadelphia.

“We didn’t pitch. We didn’t hit. You’re not going to win that way,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

Michael Bourn had four of Atlanta’s season-high 18 hits. Bethancourt and Hector Olivera each had three hits. The trio entered the game batting a combined .170 (37 for 218).

Teheran escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, blowing a 95 mph fastball past pinch-hitter Andres Blanco to end the inning. He’s 3-0 against Philadelphia this season.

Bethancourt led off the fourth by lining an opposite-field homer to right for a 2-1 lead. Freddie Freeman’s two-run single made it 4-1.

The Braves had six hits in the first three innings, but only one run on Nick Swisher’s double-play grounder. Bourn’s two-run triple in the eighth capped the scoring.

“I had some balls elevated,” Buchanan said. “I tried to minimize the damage but I started walking guys and things escalated.”

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard went 0 for 4, extending his slump to 0 for 29.

“We might give him a day off,” Mackanin said. “He hit some balls hard.”

DEBUTS

LHP Ken Roberts allowed two runs and three hits in 1 1-3 innings in his Phillies debut. RHP Nefi Ogando gave up two runs and three hits in one inning in his major league debut.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: 3B Maikel Franco, on the DL since Aug. 12 with a left wrist fracture, took pain-free swings and hopes to play before the season ends.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan (5-5, 4.42) starts the opener of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs. RHP Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03) takes the mound for Chicago.


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