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Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

Phillies Throw Combined No-Hitter


ATLANTA (AP) -- On Labor Day, Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia bullpen spread the workload on a no-hitter.

Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.

It was all the more unusual in that Hamels left the game with his bid intact after six innings. He was fine with the decision, too, having already thrown 108 pitches at a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

"Just understanding the situation, every time I went out there I was battling control issues," Hamels said. "I wasn't getting ahead of guys. Walking the leadoff hitter will put you in a lot of trouble, and it does. It builds up your pitch count."

Hamels (8-6) struck out seven, matched a season high with five walks and hit a batter.

Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history. A smiling Hamels watched from the bench as they finished off what he started.

"I think having a combined no-hitter is very difficult because guys have to come right in and get the guys out, no matter what the situation is," Hamels said. "It's a little more dramatic to be able to see that you're trying to play the cards as best you can against the lineup."

Manager Ryne Sandberg knew Hamels was tired and ready to come out of the game. Their discussion was a quick one.

"It didn't take long," Sandberg said. "He was pretty well spent there. The early innings had something to do with it. The stressful innings, stranding the runners at second and third a couple of times, but he wasn't going to go nine. And he ran the bases the inning before."

Papelbon was in the middle of the hugs and handshakes on the mound when it was over.

"I think it's a cool experience," Papelbon said. "It's definitely been a rough go at it this year for our ballclub. Something to kind of hang our hat on for the year. Cole has been our bona fide ace for the entire the season, and it's good to preserve those wins for our starters. Today it was preserving a no-hitter."

Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants threw no-hitters earlier this year.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd foiled the Braves' best bid for a hit. With runners on second and third in the third inning, Byrd raced in and toward the line to make a diving catch on Chris Johnson's slicing liner to end the inning.

"It happened at a perfect time, making that catch," Byrd said. "Keeping him in the game, keeping us in the lead, the whole nine. It was nice."

Johnson came close again in the ninth with a grounder up the middle. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins ranged behind the bag to make the play.

Phil Gosselin then lined out to first baseman Darin Ruf, who had taken over in the ninth for Ryan Howard, to end the game.

Hamels singled and scored in the sixth inning, and got pats of congratulations in the dugout after pitching the bottom half. He was on deck in the seventh, but Sandberg's decision already was made when Hamels was pulled for pinch-hitter Grady Sizemore.

The 30-year-old Hamels already had impressive accomplishments on his resume - in 2008, he was the MVP of the World Series and the NL championship series, and he's a three-time All-Star.

Now, the lefty can claim part of a no-no, too.

Diekman struck out two and Giles fanned three before Papelbon took over.

Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers teamed up to pitch the previous combined no-hitter, against the Dodgers in 2012. The first combined no-hitter came in 1917 when Babe Ruth walked the first Washington batter of the game and was ejected, and Boston Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore didn't allow another runner.

Roy Halladay pitched the previous two Phillies no-hitters - he threw a perfect game against the Marlins in 2010, then threw a no-hitter the same year in the playoffs against Cincinnati.

It was 12th no-hitter in Phillies history, and the first combined effort. The last pitcher to no-hit the Braves was Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado in 2010.

Ben Revere tripled and drove in a career-high five runs. The leadoff man started the day with 15 RBIs this season.

Hamels factored in the Phillies' first two runs. He sacrificed a runner to third in the third inning, and led off the sixth with a single and scored from second on Rollins' triple.

Atlanta, which had won 11 of 15, began the day 1 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card race. Jason Heyward drew two walks and stole three bases. The struggling Braves' offense has scored one run in the last three games.

"The game of baseball's kind of funny," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You feel like you've hit a good stride and all of a sudden you go through a stretch where you score one run in 27 innings, and you're lucky enough to win one of those games."

Julio Teheran (13-10) gave up five hits and five runs - two earned - with four walks in 6 2-3 innings. He left after Revere's bases-loaded triple made it 5-0 in the seventh. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons' error set up the runs.

Philadelphia has won Hamels' last five starts against the Braves. He owns an 0.97 ERA and four victories in that span.

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ringmasterigs September 01 2014 at 5:06 PM

I am a Braves fan, but I do think the 4 Phillie pitchers did a terrific job and did it at Turner field.

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Lenny September 01 2014 at 5:30 PM

I am from Philly, its about time!

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tsimpson2333 Lenny September 01 2014 at 5:57 PM

What a shame that pitching and hitting are finally clicking---but too late for this season. The Phillies have a pretty decent pitching staff of both starters and relievers---maybe if they can move some heavy (dead wood) lumber off the club they may get back into contention in two--three years.

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mshaw81 tsimpson2333 September 01 2014 at 7:26 PM

Our problem is we have the 25 million dollar dud! Howard up with no outs and two on yesterday, hits into a double play. At least he did hit the ball, wasn't one of his over 200 strikeouts this year. WE WERE ROBBED!!!!!!!!!

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ralleg1003 September 01 2014 at 7:35 PM


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willburwill ralleg1003 September 01 2014 at 9:19 PM

enough..just stick with baseball please

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Hennessy ralleg1003 September 02 2014 at 3:51 AM

Oh gosh.
A) another moron has to use caps
B) too damn cheap to buy glasses
C) very near death in age
D) hopefully doesn't have any animals cause they get hungry when he's gone soon and don't discriminate eating flesh laced with emphysema & cirrhosis.

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oujoou September 01 2014 at 5:09 PM

BASEBALL. FAR out. :) With a pitching motion like THAT . . . no way he could slap his girlfriend silly. Guys get beat up by their girlfriends with such awesome technique. MLB meet the women beaters . . . NFL. :) Fans . . pick your poison. :)

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elysianfields08 September 01 2014 at 6:23 PM

Yes but they were playing a Braves team that is heading to the cellar

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nyrev September 01 2014 at 6:28 PM

A no hitter to me is when one pitcher pitches the entire game, period. I miss the days of the Tom Seaver's, Bob Gibson's, Steve Carlton's...those were the days when pitchers were pitchers, and they pitched complete games.

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shoop10 September 01 2014 at 8:42 PM

They failed to remember one of the most significant multi-pitcher no-hitters. I attened a game June 11,2003 The Houston Astros no=hit the Yankees with 6 pitchers in Yankee Stadium. At the time it was the first no=hitter against the Yankees in 45 years !!! Look it up !!

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Ken September 02 2014 at 1:11 AM

I would like someone to explain: "...Ben Revere tripled and drove in a career-high five runs...." How can any one hit result in FIVE runs, when there can only be runners waiting on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, plus the batter himself?

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Ken Ken September 02 2014 at 1:14 AM

Unless the sentence is referring to how many runs Ben Revere brought in during the total game, in which case Mr. Henry needs a review on sentence structure.

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