Braves' Wright MLB's first 20-game winner in '22

by Daryn Albert - Kyle Wright became the seventh 20-game winner for the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966, joining Denny Neagle, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro, Tom Glavine and Russ Ortiz.

Atlanta Braves' Kyle Wright first 20-game winner in MLB in '22 season 8:25 PM ET Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Wright became the first 20-game winner in the majors this season, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Saturday to stop a three-game losing streak. William Contreras and rookie Michael Harris II each homered and had three hits for the Braves (94-58), who moved within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Mets in the NL East. New York lost 10-4 at Oakland. The Mets and Braves play three games in Atlanta next weekend. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Philadelphia (83-68), which began the day a half-game ahead of San Diego for the second NL wild card and 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final spot. Wright, 26, went 5 1/3 innings and became the first Braves pitcher to win 20 games since Russ Ortiz won 21 in 2003. Wright is the seventh 20-game winner for the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966, also joining Denny Neagle and four Hall of Famers: John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro and Tom Glavine. Wright (20-5) ran a high pitch count but didn't allow a hit until Rhys Hoskins doubled with one out in the sixth. Harper followed with his 18th homer, ending the shutout bid and chasing Wright. Philadelphia scored an unearned run in the seventh and had the potential tying run at the plate with two outs when A.J. Minter struck out Hoskins on a 3-2 fastball. Kenley Jansen earned his 37th save with a clean ninth inning. Atlanta generated its offense early, taking advantage of Bailey Falter 's inability to keep the ball out of the middle of the plate. The Braves got six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings against Falter (5-4), handing the left-hander his first loss since July 24. Contreras hit his 20th homer in the third. Harris added a two-run drive, his 19th, in the fourth. Vaughn Grissom and Travis d'Arnaud both had two hits for Atlanta. The Associated Press contributed to this report.