Minor sharp as Braves top Phillies, 2-1

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley bare-hands the ball to first base for the out on Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

July 28, 2012 6:42:59 PM PDT
Mike Minor struck out nine and combined with Craig Kimbrel on a four-hitter, Jason Heyward had two hits and drove in a run, and the Atlanta Braves edged Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Saturday night.

Minor (6-7) allowed one run on four hits and no walks in eight innings. His nine strikeouts matched his season high. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

The Phillies' only run came on Chase Utley's homer in the fourth.

Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 30th save. Utley was caught looking at Kimbrel's 99-mph fastball for a strike to end the game.

The Braves are 6-2 against Philadelphia with five straight wins in the 2012 series.