In a pitching matchup of left-handers young and old inspired rookie Alex Wood got the better of Cliff Lee on Sunday and the surging Braves saw the Phillies continue to fade in Atlanta’s rearview.

Chris Johnson’s two-run two-out single in the first inning gave the Braves a lead they never relinquished and they beat the Phillies 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park to push their winning streak to 10 games and complete their third consecutive series sweep.

“We’re playing good baseball” said manager Fredi Gonzalez whose Braves joined the 2001 Cardinals as the only teams to have two double-digit winning streaks in one season in the past 35 years. “Coming into this trip we hadn’t been playing good baseball on the road but (this weekend) we had good pitching had good pitching played good defense.”

Wood (2-2) continued to grow up quickly allowing two hits and one run in six innings to win his second consecutive start in his third game filling in for injured Paul Maholm. The 22-year-old had two walks and three strikeouts and threw 59 strikes in 98 pitches.

“I felt real comfortable out there” Wood said. “I was excited. I didn’t want to be the one to lose the streak for us. So I just wanted to lock in compete and keep us in it. As long as we’re in the game whether it’s the first inning or the ninth we have a chance.”

He dedicated the game to a close friend from his Charlotte high school who was in a coma following a canoeing accident Saturday. Wood wrote the friend’s initials on his cap.

“My mind’s been a little elsewhere” he said. “It’s hard not to think about him. Tonight was definitely for him and his family for sure.”

Baseball’s best bullpen cranked out three more scoreless innings with Craig Kimbrel collecting his National League-leading 34th save and 24th in a row.

Johnson and both Uptons Justin and B.J. had two hits apiece for the Braves who widened their NL East lead to 12-1/2 games over second-place Washington and 16 games over the free-falling Phillies who’ve lost 13 of 14. The Braves open a three-game series against the Nationals on Monday.

After winning their first seven road games the Braves had lost 30 of 49 before sweeping the Phillies.
“That was a big focus for us to start the second half” Johnson said. ” We’ve still got a ways to go but it’s a little better start for us on the road in the second half.”

They’ve won 17 of their past 24 games against the Phillies and 11 of 15 at Citizens Bank Park.

Pitching for the first time since July 21 after missing a start with a stiff neck Lee (10-5) went five innings and gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and eight strikeouts. He was 5-1 with a 1.38 ERA in his past seven starts against the Braves before Sunday.

The Braves scored all of their runs in the first four innings including a pair of two-out run-scoring hits by Jason Heyward (single) and Justin Upton (double) in the fourth inning.

B.J. Upton in his second game back from the disabled list led off the fourth with what would’ve been his ninth homer – an opposite-field drive — if it hadn’t been reversed for fan interference.