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Swamp madness! The Phillies beat the Braves in Game 4, NLCS

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PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Marsh hit a three-run homer and JT Realmuto lined up an inside-the-park homer that sent the Philadelphia Phillies head-first into the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2010 with a 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Saturday.

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Realmuto became the first receiver to hit an inside-the-parker in playoff history and Bryce Harper punctuated the play with a decisive home run that helped the Phillies win the NL Division Series 3-1 over the champion of the World Series Braves.

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The Phillies will face San Diego or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. The Padres held a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers going into Game 4 of the NLDS game on Saturday night.

Atlanta’s loss meant Major League Baseball hadn’t had a repeat champion since the New York Yankees won three in a row from 1998-2000.

Philadelphia finished third in the NL East, 14 games behind the Braves who have won 101 this season, but are now firing on all cylinders under Rob Thomson. He took over from the fired Joe Girardi and transformed a team that was 22-29 in early June.

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And the Phillies used a dose of Marsh Madness to keep the party going in October.

Heck, call it Mash Madness, as the Phillies turned Citizens Bank Park into a cozy music box for the second game in a row – and with another excited, towel-waving crowd for every long ball.

After Rhys Hoskins hit his bat on a three-run shot in a Game 3 victory, it was Marsh’s turn in the second inning to hammer his own three-run homer in Game 4.

Braves starter Charlie Morton was hit in the pitching elbow by Alec Bohm’s single going 71.9 mph to start the inning. After being checked, Morton allowed a single to Jean Segura and hooked a 2-2 curveball that hitter No. 9 Marsh threw deep into the right field seats for a 3-0 lead.

Marsh, 24, is known as much for his stringy hair and ZZ Top-esque beard as he is one of the Phillies’ best young players. Marsh, who also doubled in fourth, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in August just before this season’s trade deadline. Phillies president Dave Dombrowski reached another delay deal with the Angels that landed them Game 4 starter Noah Syndergaard, also known for his long locks.

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Hey, it’ll be easy for the Phillies to let loose and party.

Reliever Brad Hand was one of six Philadelphia pitchers and picked up the win.

Syndergaard, kicked out of the rotation at the end of the season, wasn’t asked by Thomson to do anything but keep the Phillies in the game. Maybe go unscathed once around the order. Syndergaard delivered three strikeouts over three innings in a brief throwback to his “Thor” command days with the New York Mets.

Orlando Arcia had a solo shot against him in the third to make it 3-1.

Realmuto then carved their way into playoff history.

He connected to start the third inning against reliever Collin McHugh. The ball touched the sloping part of the wall out of the reach of center fielder Michael Harris II, and the carom rolled down the warning track to the center right. Ronald Acuna Jr. stood in right field watching the play and didn’t start running for the ball until Realmuto got past first base. Realmuto, who runs extremely well for a receiver, made a headfirst slide into the plate well before the throw.

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With that came the ruckus inside the park, as a sold-out crowd of 45,660 cheered deliriously, every sense tingling that there would be no Game 5.

No. Just Game 3 of the NLCS back in Philadelphia on Friday.

Harper hit a solo homer in the eighth, the second in the series for the reigning NL MVP.

It seemed fitting that the Phillies’ trio of sluggers who form the heart of the franchise put the game in sixth. Hoskins-Realmuto-Harper all had RBI singles that made it 7-2 and a series lands a mere formality.

The Phillies took out 2008 World Series champion Pat Burrell to throw out the first pitch after 2008 teammate Shane Victorino did the same before Game 3. 2011 until the franchise struggled with so many hopeless dry years. They no longer have to consider Burrell, Victorino and the other members of this race as the only playoff star callbacks – Harper, Hoskins, Realmuto, Marsh made their own marks in October, with at least one more series to come. .

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MORTON OUT

Morton made it to the mound for the start of the third inning but couldn’t pull away. He was replaced by McHugh. Morton went 5-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five career playoff games, four starts.

GOING DEEP

Matt Olson and Travis d’Arnaud hit solo home runs for the Braves.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies RHP David Robertson was hoping he could get back on the roster for the NLCS. The reliever hurt his right calf while jumping to celebrate Bryce Harper’s home run in their wild card victory in St. Louis. The 37-year-old had a resurgent season with the Cubs and Phillies, going 4-3 with a 2.40 ERA, including a 2.70 ERA in 22 appearances after a midseason trade. Robertson called the injury “embarrassing”.

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