Phillies shut out Braves

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 10:08 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 12:39 AM
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PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels threw a five-hitter for his fifth career shutout, Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta 3-0 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Braves.

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 3-0. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)  H. RUMPH JR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 3-0. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Hamels (12-6) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter to record his 11th career complete game and his first win in three tries since signing a $144 million, six-year contract July 25. The All-Star left-hander is 4-5 since going 8-1 the first two months of the season.

Mike Minor (6-8) took the loss for the wild card-leading Braves, who had won eight of 10. Minor allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Hamels last threw a regular-season shutout on Sept. 1, 2009 against San Francisco. He tossed a five-hitter against Cincinnati to complete Philadelphia’s three-game sweep in the 2010 NLDS.

The Phillies scored all their runs in the first inning.

Jimmy Rollins led off with a double down the left-field line. Domonic Brown then lined a double to left-center, hustling his way to second and sliding headfirst to reach safely because the ball was dropped.

After Chase Utley lined out, Howard drove an opposite-field shot out to left-center to make it 3-0.

That’s all Hamels needed.

He dominated the Braves by mixing a sharp fastball with his trademark changeup.

While Atlanta is chasing Washington in the division race, the five-time defending NL East champion Phillies are going nowhere. They’ve already lost as many games (60) as all of last year.

The Phillies had 42,660 fans in attendance after Monday night’s crowd of 41,665 halted the team’s consecutive sellout streak at 257 games — the third-longest in MLB history, according to the club. The streak started on July 7, 2009.

Philadelphia was 154-103 during the sellout streak, with Citizens Bank Park averaging 45,082 fans per game for a total draw of 11,585,952.

The Braves, who entered three games behind the Washington Nationals in the division, hadn’t lost to the Phillies since May 3 at Turner Field.

NOTES

Braves 2B Dan Uggla, batting .136 in the last 51 games, wasn’t in the lineup because he’s 8 for 55 against Hamels. ... Minor has allowed 23 homers, tied with former Phillies RHP Joe Blanton for most in the NL. ... Hamels made his 100th career start at Citizens Bank Park. He’s 47-32. ... Howard has 38 homers and 109 RBIs in 127 games vs. Atlanta. ... The Braves were shutout for the sixth time this season. ... This was only the second complete game for the Phillies this season. Their starters had 18 in 2011. ... Atlanta’s Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) faces Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) in the series finale Wednesday night.

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boomhauer 08/08/12 - 08:30 am
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I'm sad to say we'll see more
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I'm sad to say we'll see more and more of this as it gets closer to September. I hope the Braves prove me wrong...but doubtful.

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