AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Olson tied the Braves’ season home run record with 51 and Atlanta moved to the cusp of the NL East title, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 in 10 innings Tuesday night.

Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run shot, Ronald Acuña Jr. had a two-run homer for the Braves. After blowing a 6-1 lead, they won on Eddie Rosario’s RBI single off Craig Kimbrel (7-6) that scored the automatic runner.

The Braves can wrap up their sixth straight division crown with a win Wednesday over the Phillies.

Olson is trying to pass Andruw Jones, who hit 51 in 2005.

“way to go @mattolson21 proud of you keep it going 60?” Jones wrote on social media.

The NL wild-card leading Phillies tied it on home runs in the ninth for the second straight day but failed to complete the comeback.

Trea Turner tied it at 6 with a leadoff homer —- his 11th in the last 13 games — in the ninth off Braves closer Raisel Iglesias.

Bryce Harper got his 1,500th career hit on his 17th homer of the season in the eighth and Bryson Stott hit a two run-shot off Joe Jiménez in the inning to cut it to 6-5.

Thanks to pop throughout the offense, the Phillies are never out of any game. Consider, Harper hit a two-run, two-out tying homer in the ninth a day earlier off Iglesias. Iglesias (5-4) blew ninth-inning leads in consecutive days and picked up two wins.

Brand Hand tossed a scoreless 10th for his first save.

Olson hit homers 49 and 50 in the second game of a doubleheader a night earlier, then hit the first pitch he saw from starter Zack Wheeler in the fourth inning of this one into the left-field seats. The fan who caught the ball threw it back onto the field. Olson’s 50th homer had to be retrieved from a fan by Phillies left fielder Kyle Schwarber.

Olson, who has 128 RBIs this season, has 11 homers in 18 career games at Citizens Bank Park.

The Braves hammered Wheeler for three homers and showed again they are determined not to shrink in the October spotlight like they did last season in Philadelphia.

After Nick Castellanos and Olson exchanged solo shots, the Braves bust the game open with a five-run fifth. Acuña hit his 37th of the season for a 3-1 lead and Ozuna crushed his 34th for a 6-1 lead.

Max Fried struck out six in five innings and the Braves won their MLB-high 95th game. They are the betting favorite, per FanDuel Sportsbook, to win the World Series. Clinching the East on the same field where they were eliminated in the NL Division Series could put some finality in leaving last October’s flop behind them.


Olson, who also has a 10-game hitting streak, entered the game on pace for 56 homers and 143 RBIs. He is just one of 15 players since 2000 to reach the 50-homer mark and the first left-handed hitter in the NL to hit 50 since Prince Fielder in 2007.

Olson has eight home runs in 12 games in September.


Harper is only the 18th player in MLB history to reach 1,500 career hits and 300 home runs before his 31st birthday.


Braves: Placed LHP Dylan Lee on the 15-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation.


The Braves send RHP Spencer Strider (16-5, 3.83 ERA) to the mound against Phillies LHP Cristopher Sánchez (2-3, 3.26 ERA).