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  • 06 Jun
    PHILADELPHIA -- Zach Eflin stood on the mound shaking from excitement as the final pitch of the game was squeezed for the third out.Philadelphias rookie right-hander had breezed past the Atlanta Braves.I was just out there with loads of confidence, Eflin said.Eflin struck out six and walked none in his first career complete game and first major-league win, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night.Eflin, a first-round pick in the 2012 draft by the San Diego Padres, needed just 2 hours, 8 minutes to win for the first time this season in five starts.The less pitches the better, he said, smiling.Eflin, acquired in a 2014 trade that sent Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed three homers and nine runs in 2 2/3 innings in his June 14 debut against Toronto.He lost his next start, then rebounded with no-decisions in two straight solid six-inning outings.Eflin certainly found his groove against Atlanta. He threw just 92 crisp pitches and breezed against the hapless Braves in his longest outing of the season in any level of baseball. He became the first Phillies pitcher since Mike Williams in July 1992 to toss a complete game for his first win and hes the first Phillies rookie to throw a complete game since Vance Worley in July 2011.Its something you cant really describe, just being around these guys, Eflin said.Eflin went deep in the game and the Phillies went deep at the plate.Maikel Franco homered for the third straight game, and the Phillies hit four overall. Peter Bourjos, Cody Asche and Tommy Joseph all hit solo shots for the Phillies.Eflin had some help from a generally punchless offense that has shown signs of coming around headed into the All-Star break. The Phillies have scored at least seven runs in three straight games and have won seven of eight overall.I think everybody puts together good at-bats and that puts pressure on the pitcher to make his pitches, Bourjos said. He threw some pitches over the plate and we hit some home runs.Simple enough.Bourjos extended his hitting streak to 14 games and opened the home run derby with his fourth of the season in the first inning against Mike Foltynewicz (2-3). Asche hit his fourth in the fourth and Franco (16) and Joseph (9) both went deep in the sixth.Foltynewicz struck out five and gave up eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.When I had two strikes, I got amped up a little and started to overthrow, he said.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: RHP Julio Teheran was scratched from Wednesdays start in the three-game series finale for Tyrell Jenkins. Teheran returned to Atlanta to be treated for an infection on his right thigh. The Braves are hopeful Teheran will start this weekend in a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox.Phillies: RHP Andrew Bailey is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. ... LHP Daniel Stumpf has had his rehab assignment transferred to Lehigh Valley.HOT STREAKBoujos is the first Phillie to hit in 14 straight games since Rollins had a 15-game streak in 2014. ... Franco is the first Phillie to homer in three straight games since Darin Ruf in 2013 and the first to have an RBI in five straight games since Ryan Howard in July 2015.ALL-STARSBraves: Teheran is just 3-7 but was named to the NL All-Star team for the second time. He was the lone Brave selected.Phillies: CF Odubel Herrera was the only Phillie named to the NL All-Star team. He entered ranked first in four-hit games with three and had two separate hitting streaks of at least 10 games.Herrera, batting .302, said through an interpreter he was proud to represent the Phillies and burst into laughter when he was good-naturedly asked about participating in the home run derby. He has 10 homers.UP NEXTJenkins (0-1, 5.79 ERA) goes against Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 4-06). Todd Helton Jersey Large . 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In 36 innings, their top-three has managed only two centuries and one half-century.10.50 Sri Lankas average opening partnership in home Tests since July 2015 - again, the worst among all teams. In 12 innings, only once have their openers put on more than 50.2003 The last time Sri Lanka fielded two or more debutants in the same Test. Sri Lanka handed out debut caps to Dhananjaya de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan on Tuesday. Against New Zealand in Colombo (PSS) in 2003, Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Prabath Nissanka made their Test debuts. De Silvas first scoring shot was a six, which makes him the first Sri Lanka playeer to start off his Test career with a six.dddddddddddd. 1 This is the first Test in Sri Lanka in which both teams openers were dismissed for single-digit scores in the first innings. Overall, there have been 19 such Tests, the last of which was at Wanderers in 2006-07 between India and South Africa.2006 The last time Sri Lankas top five were all dismissed for 15 or fewer runs in a Test innings at home, against Pakistan in Colombo (PSS). This is the sixth such instance for Sri Lanka in home Tests.19.16 Angelo Mathews average in his last six Test innings against Australia, with a highest of 35. In his first six innings against them, he averaged 87.25 - he remained unbeaten twice - with a century and three half-centuries.2 Consecutive ducks for David Warner in Tests against Sri Lanka. Warner was dismissed for a duck in the first innings of this Test, as well as in the second innings of the SCG Test in 2012-13. Incidentally, in the other four innings against them, he has made half-centuries. Sri Lanka and India are the only teams against whom Warner has two ducks. ' ' '