Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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ATLANTA -- Mike Minor solidified his spot in the Atlanta Braves' inconsistent rotation with a Tom Glavine-esque fastball -- 89 mph -- with which he struck out nine Philadelphia Phillies over eight innings to lead the Braves to a 2-1 win Saturday. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 30th save. Minor didn't rattle when Chase Utley hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, retiring the Phillies in order in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth. Joe Blanton (8-9) had pitched a complete-game shutout against the Braves this season and he also had given up six runs (five earned) to them in 6 1/3 innings for a loss. Saturday he posted another solid outing, not allowing a baserunner after Jason Heyward's RBI single in the third inning. Blanton and Minor ranked 1-2 in the National League in most home runs allowed coming into Saturday's game. Minor tied Blanton at 22 with Utley's homer in the fourth inning. Both pitchers, back-of-the-rotation starters, pitched well enough to win thr...
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