Braves' bullpen falters in 4-2 loss to Phillies

CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - The Braves usually can count on the back of their bullpen.

Jonny Venters let them down as his scoreless stretch to open the season ended.

Venters gave the Braves' bullpen its first loss of the season by giving up two runs on four hits in the eighth and the Braves fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Beachy gave up only two runs in seven innings to outlast Phillies starter Cole Hamels. Then the Phillies broke a 2-2 tie with two runs against Venters (2-1), the left-hander who usually sets up closer Craig Kimbrel.

"Brandon pitched his butt off," Venters said. "For me to give it away like that is unacceptable.

"I left some sinkers up in the zone and they don't miss those pitches."