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Cole Hamels made his first start post all-star break and was in the zone on Saturday night. Hamels has turned in many quality starts this season, only to have them go on record as losses or no decisions. Tonight his team provided enough offense for him to record the victory.

Hamels took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, making quick work of Atlanta hitters. He went seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run. He finished with nine strikeouts and did not walk a batter. He lowered his earned run average in the process to 2.83.

The Phils totaled nine hits in the game, winning it by a score of 2-1. Both runs came on a home run by Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies had chances in the first and second innings with men in scoring position, but failed to score. They went 2-8 on the night with runners in scoring position, and left 10 men on base.

Center-fielder Grady Sizemore went 3-4 with a walk and a run scored tonight, while Marlon Byrd and Domonic Brown each finished with two hits apiece. Byrd struck out in the first to end a two out, two on threat.

The bullpen nailed down the win for Hamels, as Ken Giles worked a scoreless eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon a 1-2-3 ninth. Giles lowered his season ERA to 0.60, and earned his third hold of the year. Papelbon recorded his 23rd save of the season in 25 chances.

Phillies’ pitching totaled one run on five hits and 11 strikeouts on the night.

The Phillies go for the series win tomorrow with Kyle Kendrick on the mound against Alex Wood for Atlanta.

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