Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 9/22/12
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer to back Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Roy Halladay to move closer to clinching a postseason berth with an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. The win coupled with Milwaukee's 10-4 loss to Washington reduced Atlanta's magic number for securing a playoff spot to three. The Braves were up 8 games through Sept. 5 last year, but went 9-18 down the stretch and were overtaken by St. Louis on the final day of the season. The Phillies fell four games behind the Cardinals for the NL's second wild-card spot with only 10 games remaining. The five-time defending NL East champions had won four in a row and 12 of 15 to get in the race. Ryan Howard became the second-fastest player to reach 300 homers, but Halladay (10-8) picked the wrong time to have the second-shortest outing in his 376 career starts. The two-time Cy Young Award winner lasted just 1 2-3 innings, allowing seven runs and five hits. Hall...
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