Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the first time since his rookie season, Brian McCann won't be headed to the All-Star Game.
Given his recent production, he probably wishes he could keep playing.
McCann homered for the fourth consecutive game, and this time it was a game- winner, helping the Atlanta Braves sweep the flailing Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park.
The Braves catcher finished with two hits and drove in a pair, and Atlanta won its fourth straight and heads into the break in second place in the NL East behind the Washington Nationals. Dan Uggla added a two-run homer in the win.
Jair Jurrjens (3-2) allowed three runs on six hits in seven solid innings, and All-Star Craig Kimbrel nailed down his NL-best 25th save with a perfect ninth to help the Braves sweep the Phillies on the road for the first time since 2007.
Jason Pridie replaced Shane Victorino amidst some controversy on Sunday and hit a two-run homer and drove in three for the Phillies, who have their worst record at the All-Star break (37-50) since 1997, when they were 24-61.
Victorino was not injured nor traded, so the reason for his being taken out of the lineup is a mystery as of yet. Although his replacement proved adequate, the team's bullpen once again was not.
Following Vance Worley's solid start of three runs, seven hits and four walks in six innings, Raul Valdes (2-2) allowed McCann's homer in the seventh.
The Phillies head into the All-Star break having lost 10 of their last 11.