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Aaron Altherr came off the DL and picked up three hits in his first game of the 2016 season

The Phillies offense went to work early, putting up five runs in the first inning. Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph homered and Aaron Altherr got to work on making up for lost time.

The following article is from George Henry of the Associated Press, and is used by permission of the AP.

ATLANTA (AP) -- Aaron Altherr had the kind of night he envisioned in his return from a season-long wrist injury.

"Especially sitting around thinking about, 'How's the first game going to be coming back?' " he said. "It's definitely special."

Altherr, Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph homered, and Aaron Nola won for the first time in eight starts and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Thursday night.

Altherr was activated from the disabled list after missing the first 103 games of the season with a broken left wrist. He went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

"It definitely surprised me a little bit because I hadn't been driving the ball in my rehab stints," Altherr said. "I'm just glad to know I've still got it in there somewhere."

Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-11) gave up three homers and has allowed nine homers in his past four starts, a span of 20 1/3 innings.

Interim Braves manager Brian Snitker told Wisler after the game that he would be demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Atlanta, with the worst record in the major leagues, dropped to 14-37 at home.

The Phillies took a 5-0 lead in the first on Franco's 19th homer, a three-run shot, and Joseph followed with his 14th home run. The Phillies added another run on second baseman Jace Peterson's fielding error.

Altherr's two-run shot in the fifth made it 7-0.

The Braves cut the lead to 7-3 in the bottom half of the inning on Freddie Freeman's RBI double, Adonis Garcia's RBI single and Anthony Recker's sacrifice fly.

Philadelphia closer Jeanmar Gomez earned his 27th save in 30 chances, but it was a shaky appearance. The first two batters reached. Erick Aybar grounded into a double play, but Gordon Beckham followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5.

Gomez struck out Peterson to end it with a runner on first.

Nola (6-9) gave up eight hits, three runs, three walks and struck out five in five innings. He began the game 0-5 with a 10.61 ERA in his previous seven starts before snapping a career-high, five-game losing streak.

Nola didn't exactly inspire confidence in manager Pete Mackanin.

"He's not the same guy," Mackanin said. "He's just struggling with command once again. He's not dotting his fastball like he normally does. And his curveball is erratic. He needs to get back on track."

Wisler allowed seven hits, two walks and seven runs - six earned. He struck out three.

Over his past 10 starts, Wisler is 2-6 with a 7.71 ERA and 16 homers allowed. Wisler's 11 losses are second-most in the NL behind Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff.

"I didn't pitch very well the last month and a half, so I definitely know I've earned the demotion," Wisler said. "I know there's nothing they can do about that. It's on me. So I've got to go fight, go back down there and try to work my way back up."

Garcia's RBI double in the sixth off David Hernandez cut the lead to 7-4.

The Phillies have won five in a row against Atlanta.


Phillies: Altherr took OF Peter Bourjos' spot on the 25-man roster. Bourjos was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder.


Phillies: RHP Vincent Velasquez (8-2) has faced the Braves once, giving up six hits and four runs in a no-decision on May 12.

Braves: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2) struggled in his first start Sunday at Colorado, but the rookie has a 1.93 ERA in 4 2/3 innings of relief against Philadelphia.


The Lehigh Valley IronPigs were off Thursday. They open a weekend series in Rochester, who trails the 'Pigs by 4 1/2 games in the IL Wild Card race.

Reading 3
Erie 5
WP: Daniel Norris (1-0), LP: Nick Pivetta (9-6), SV: Joe Jimenez (12)
HR: RDG - Rhys Hoskins (30), Osmel Aguila (4); ERIE - Dominic Ficociello (5)
Hoby Milner delivered two shutout innings in relief for Reading.

Clearwater 5
Daytona 13
WP: Ismael Guillon (5-2), LP: Shane Watson (3-4), SV: none
HR: CLW - none; DAY - Angelo Gumbs (10)
Josh Tobias went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. He's now 5-for-7 (.714) in two games with the Threshers, but his first inning error led to six unearned runs.

Lakewood 3
Augusta 2 (10)
WP: Austin Davis (1-0), LP: Connor Kaden (6-3), SV: Sutter McLoughlin (5)
HR: none
Wilson Garcia led off the 10th with a single and later in the inning, Grenny Cumana drove in pinch-runner William Cuicas with the go-ahead run.

State College 2
Williamsport 1
WP: Carson Cross (3-3), LP: Bailey Falter (1-4), SV: Brady Bowen (4)
HR: SC - Tommy Edman (3); WILL - none
Bailey Falter allowed two runs - one earned - on four hits and no walks over five innings of work.
Williamsport is now two games behind State College in the Pinckney Division of the NYPL.

GCL Yankees West 2
GCL Phillies 1
WP: Kyle Johnson (1-0), LP: Luis Carrasco (3-1), SV: Leonardo Garcia (1)
HR: none
Rehabbing outfielder Roman Quinn was 2-for-4 with a stolen base. He was caught stealing once and picked off once in the game.

Thursday's Transactions

Philadelphia Phillies
OF Peter Bourjos placed on the DL (shoulder).
OF Aaron Altherr activated from the DL (wrist).

Clearwater Threshers
RHP Luke Leftwich reassigned to Lakewood from Clearwater.
RHP Shane Watson activated from the DL (complications from diabetes).

Lakewood BlueClaws
OF Mark Laird activated from the DL and assigned to Williamsport.
RHP Grant Dyer reassigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
3B Jan Hernandez activated from the DL.

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