Phillies combine to no-hit Braves
Hamels struck out seven in six no-hit innings and the bullpen took it from there as the Phillies pitched a combined no-hitter in a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
Philadelphia's ace left-hander labored through five walks and a high pitch count and was removed by manager Ryne Sandberg for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning.
"I understood coming around the sixth inning that it was going to be a short game," said Hamels. "Understanding the situation and what was going on, I wasn't really too worried about it."
Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the no-hitter, each tossing a clean inning out of the bullpen.
"I have the utmost respect and faith in the bullpen because they've been outstanding all year, especially these three guys," continued Hamels. "They've been some of the best."
Diekman struck out two in the seventh, Giles fanned the side in the eighth and Papelbon got three quick outs in the ninth -- the last on a soft liner hit by Phil Gosselin that first baseman Darin Ruf squeezed easily.
It was the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history and their 12th overall, including Roy Halladay's playoff no-no in 2010 against the Reds.
Hamels (8-6) became the first pitcher since Seattle's Kevin Millwood on June 8, 2012, to be pulled after six no-hit innings. Millwood, who threw a no- hitter with the Phillies in 2003, left that game with an injury.
That was also the last time a major-league team threw a combined no-hitter, with five relievers backing up Millwood.
Ben Revere had a career-high five RBI for the Phillies, while Jimmy Rollins moved into first place in franchise history with his 658th multi-hit game. Rollins singled, doubled and tripled and drove in a run to pass Richie Ashburn.
Julio Teheran (13-10) was charged with five runs -- two earned -- in 6 2/3 innings to end a three-start win streak. Jason Heyward walked twice and stole three bases for the Braves.
"One way to look at it is it's just a loss," said Braves third baseman Chris Johnson. "We lost the game. Tip your cap to their guys. You can't take anything away from them."
The Phillies manufactured the game's first run in the third inning. Cody Asche slapped a double to the gap in right-center to lead off, then moved to third on Hamels' bunt and scored when Revere lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Hamels got some help from his defense to keep the no-hitter intact. With two outs in the third inning and runners on second and third, Johnson lined to short right field and Marlon Byrd made a diving catch going to his left.
Hamels had more hits than the Braves, leading off the sixth inning with a single before advancing on Revere's sacrifice bunt and scoring on Rollins' second extra-base hit of the game, a triple to deep right field.
Hamels threw his 100th pitch of the game early in the sixth inning, striking Justin Upton out chasing a high fastball. He then fanned Chris Johnson and got Phil Gosselin to pop to second.
Grady Sizemore pinch-hit for Hamels with two outs and two on in the seventh inning and drew a walk. Revere cleared the bases with a triple over Heyward's head in right-center, ending Teheran's outing, and Luis Avilan came on to get the final out.
Revere's RBI single in the top of the ninth and Ryan Howard's bases-loaded walk made it 7-0.
Hamels improved to 6-1 over his last 11 starts ... The Braves own an 8-6 lead in the season series ... After Sunday's game, the Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor-league third baseman Gustavo Pierre ... Prior to the game, the Braves recalled pitchers Juan Jaime and Chasen Shreve, and outfielders Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett.