The previously red hot Atlanta Braves were cooled off in New York to begin the week. Now it would appear they’re frozen after dropping their weekend series opener 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies. The fact the game ended 1-0 is painful enough for Atlanta. That they only mustered two hits against Aaron Harang, who was in their rotation last season, adds some salt to the wound. But the kicker has to be their defense, which committed four errors on the evening. The final one led directly to the game’s only run, as Freddie Freeman was unable to handle Ben Revere’s ninth-inning chopper. Freeman and the entire infield were drawn in on the play to cut down the winning run at home. It might have worked, but the ball squirted away before Freeman could corral it, which allowed Freddy Galvis to sprint home. It goes down as a game-winning RBI for Revere, and a walk-off error for Freeman, who committed only five errors all last season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Galvis had three hits in the game, including his single leading off the ninth. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and third on a passed ball by A.J. Pierzynski, so that’s even more sloppy defense from Atlanta.  Unfortunately, it goes as a no-decision for Harang, who was lights out in his eight innings of work. He struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.37. Overall, the Phillies will take any win they can get after dropping 9 of their previous 11.    KING FELIX OVERWHELMS THE TWINS Felix Hernandez against the Minnesota Twins offense is not a fair fight, but it’s a challenge the Twins were forced to take on Friday night. Hint: They didn’t win.  The King of Seattle’s rotation lived up to his moniker with an efficiently dominant outing, as he shut out the Twins on just five hits. In fact, the Twins had zero baserunners until two outs in the fifth. Hernandez, perhaps humoring them or perhaps toying with them, allowing a pair of runners in the sixth, but escaped without allowing a run. He ended up needing just 102 pitches to complete his first shutout since Aug. 27 2012.

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Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh inning with a homer, sparking a rally that helped the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Saturday night. The Braves scored three runs in the seventh and chased David Buchanan (0-4) while snapping a four-game losing streak. Chris Johnson had an RBI single and Eric Young Jr. delivered a go-ahead double that lifted Atlanta to a 3-2 lead. The Braves scored two more in the eighth.

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — HARVEY DAY The New York Mets are taking Harvey Day over the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. All-Star ace Matt Harvey, nursing a sore ankle, tries to put the Mets back in the win column after the Yankees ended their 11-game winning streak Friday night in the Subway Series opener. ”A little tape is not going to keep him from pitching the way he can pitch,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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Freddie Freeman mishandled Ben Revere’s ground ball to first, allowing Freddy Galvis to score in the ninth to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. Galvis led off with a single to center against Jim Johnson (1-2), went to second on Cesar Hernandez’s sacrifice bunt and third on a passed ball. Freeman had a play at the plate but he bobbled the ball. It was one of four errors for the Braves, who have lost four straight and eight of 11.

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With a perfect ride through their first homestand, the surprising New York Mets matched the best start in team history. Daniel Murphy drove in four runs and New York equaled a franchise record with its 11th straight victory Thursday, walking its way to a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves behind Bartolo Colon. ”And I think it’s such a reward for the fans who have been coming out.” The streaking Mets, with the top record in the majors despite injuries to captain David Wright and several other important players, are 10-0 at Citi Field after sweeping all their NL East rivals besides heavily favored Washington. It is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 games in a row, and the first since 1990.

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Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is known for his ability to launch moonshots. When Stanton isn’t launching balls 500 feet, he’s smacking liners all over the field. [ There's still time to sign up for Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball ]

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Brad Johnson runs down the last week of closer news and offers advice on stolen base targets.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria had a pair of hits and scored the go-ahead run and the Miami Marlins took advantage of Philadelphia's sloppy play to end a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.

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Quality starting pitching has been the catalyst behind hot stretches for both the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals and produced a seemingly predictable low-scoring series opener. Doug Fister and John Lackey hope to continue the trend. Fresh off ending St. Louis’ winning streak, the Nationals send Fister to the hill seeking their sixth victory in seven tries Wednesday night in D.C. Washington’s starters have a 1.31 ERA over its last five games and got six solid innings from Gio Gonzalez in Tuesday’s 2-1 win. Bryce Harper had an RBI single in the third for the Nationals (7-7) before Yunel Escobar’s walk-off homer in the 10th.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead two-run homer, Freddy Galvis also connected to back Jerome Williams, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 Tuesday night.

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