Braves send out rookie to face Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Atlanta Braves summoned a minor league pitcher who'd never been in the majors to start the opener of a key three-game series at Philadelphia.

Brandon Beachy took the loss in his big league debut Monday night against the Phillies, giving up three runs -- one earned -- and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander got the start because Jair Jurrjens is still nursing a sore right knee.

The 3-1 loss put the Braves four games behind the Phillies in the NL East. Atlanta holds a two-game edge over San Diego in the wild-card chase.

Beachy was 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA as a starter and reliever for Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi. He was at the Braves' instructional league program in Florida when he suddenly got the call to join the pennant race.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.