Braves fall behind Phillies 2-1 after blowout loss Game 3 of NLDS

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Braves have one more chance to stay alive in the NLDS.

Atlanta fell to the Phillies with a blowout 10-2 loss in Wednesday’s Game 3 in Philadelphia.

The Phillies now lead the NLDS 2-1. A win during Thursday’s Game 4 would secure the best-of-five series for Philadelphia and move them on to the NLCS, ending the Braves’ season.

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If the Braves tie the series back up on Thursday, both teams will return to Atlanta for the deciding Game 5 on Saturday.

The Atlanta Braves picked right-hander Bryce Elder to start Game 3. The Phillies started Aaron Nola.

Elder (12-4, 3.81 ERA) struggled down the stretch after pitching a career-high 174 2/3 innings in his first full season in the big leagues. But the Braves decided he was the best choice to face Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (12-9, 4.46).

The Braves will start right-hander Spencer Strider in Game 4. The 20-game winner went seven innings in Game 1, allowing one earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts.

The Phillies did not name a starter but left-hander Ranger Suárez, who earned a no-decision in his Game 1 start, is a likely candidate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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