They were still the only team in the majors without 40 wins entering play Tuesday but for the first time in a while, they didn't own baseball's worst winning percentage.
If no team places a claim on the player, he's free to be traded to any team in the league.
"I don't know if it affected him or not, the trade deadline", Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. Ultimately, it's up to the players to buy into that and then execute. Over the last five starts, Phillies starters have totaled 29 innings and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.34 ERA while averaging exactly one strikeout per inning.
Kurt Suzuki and Freddie Freeman went deep for Atlanta.
The only other year the Phillies faced the Angels with Mike Trout was 2014, when he went 2 for 17 with a triple and seven strikeouts in four games against them.
"He had a tough time locating", Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Foltynewicz. Add in a couple of contenders (Yankees, Red Sox among them) that needed stability at the position and it looked like Joseph could have been on the move. "He's been great for us". Despite Choo's performance, the Rangers lost 6-4 to the Mariners at home. Herrera was hit in the back by a pitch in the second inning, but he remained in the game.
This was the Phillies' first four-game sweep against anyone since July 2014 at Milwaukee and first at home since June 2011 vs. the Marlins.
Kelly singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Philadelphia to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
"A tough stand here, obviously", Snitker said. "We have a lot of data that talks about certain components and potentially things that can lead to future success with some subtle twists and turns".
The Phillies finally got something going against Folty in the third inning with a Cesar Hernandez lead off triple, hit batsman, an RBI single from Tommy Joseph, and then a three-run homer from Odubel Herrera. Cesar (Hernandez) and Freddy (Galvis) have been tremendous at the top of the lineup.
"Herrera had a real big homestand", Mackanin said, "and that three-run bomb he hit was fun to watch".
Atlanta starter Sean Newcomb didn't allow a hit until Herrera's two-out RBI single in the fourth that brought the Phillies to 2-1.
Is it wrong to wish good things for Joseph, given all the obstacles thrown in his path over the last several years?
Suzuki hit a two-run shot off reliever Jesen Therrien in the seventh. Nick Markakis' two-out RBI single to right made it a one-run game before Neris got Kurt Suzuki to fly out to left for his 10th save. Third baseman Maikel Franco added a solo home run in the seventh inning, his 16th of the year. But it was Therrien, then Adam Morgan, then Luis Garcia, then Hector Neris ...
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, threw out the first pitch while fans chanted: "Trust the process". You have to keep that momentum, keep that fire.
Fultz also predicted the 76ers will make the playoffs this season.
"I just take the positives and negatives and learn from absolutely everything I can", he said.
"I can be a special hitter", he said.
Braves: RHP Lucas Sims is expected to be called up from Triple-A to make his major league debut when they return home to start a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.