Swanson’s slam powers Braves over Phillies 7-2

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Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson, right, celebrates with Ozzie Albies after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dansby Swanson hit his first career grand slam, Orlando Arcia added a solo shot and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on to inch closer in the NL East race.

Charlie Morton allowed two earned runs over six innings and struck out eight in his latest strong start.

Morton has gone six or more innings in six of his last seven starts, with a 2.40 ERA during that stretch.

The Braves closed within four games of the idle New York Mets and tied Philadelphia for second place at 47-48.

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