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Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night.
Hamels (11-5), making his first start since signing a six-year, $144 million contract on Wednesday, set a career high with six walks in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.
The loss ended Philadelphia's four-game winning streak and cost the Phillies a chance to move out of last place in the NL East.
Sheets (3-0) won his third straight start, allowing one run on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings.
The Braves began the night five games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Sheets, who missed all of last season while recovering from elbow surgery, signed a minor league contract on July 1 and had his contract purchased by the Braves on July 15.
Sheets did not allow a run while winning hi...
BEST OF MAXIM
Cole Hamels was the first name on the to-do list for the Philadelphia Phillies. Is he the only player who had an expiring contract that will return?
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Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels had long been the subject of speculation of where he would end up spending the 2013 season. In the end, however, there was one place that he really wanted to end up. "It's very hard to leave a place you've had so many great memories and have been able to enjoy so much good, and you know there's so much more good to...
In a game the Phillies had to win, Cole Hamels and the Phillies offense faltered in a 6-1 Braves win.
In five innings, Hamels gave up five runs, three earned, struck out seven but walked six in five innings.
The defense was shaky, as with two outs in the second, as Mike Fontenot let a ground ball tie him up and the Braves went ahead 2-1.
With two out in the bottom of the 5th, Brian...
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night.
Hamels (11-5), making his first start since signing a six-year, 144 million contract on Wednesday, set a career high with six walks in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five runs...
Pitching deep into almost every game, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best. How does Miami compare after their ace has worked? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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Cole Hamels toes the rubber tomorrow night for the Philadelphia Phillies, which will be the first of many memories. Does Atlanta have pitching problems and a streaky offense?
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When Ruben Met Cole
A classic fairy tale ending by Michael Baumann of Crashburn Alley.
My alternate “Jerry Maguire” ending:
INTERIOR LOCKER ROOM - NIGHT
Ruben enters. Cole Hamels is seated in front of his locker toward the back of the room.
Ruben: Hello. I’m looking for my ace.
Cole stands up, robbed of words. Stunned, he does not move.
Ruben: Alright. If this is where it...
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Ryan Howard and the Phillies will face Brian McCann and the Braves in a crucial three-game series this weekend. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
The Phillies are 9-10 in July, with a win total matching their month of June. If not for a recent stretch of magic and fantastic finishes, it would be way worse, and the Phillies would still be driving themselves further into the ground.
Watch the Philadelphia Phillies closely this weekend.
The Phillies, who have won four straight and eight of 11, might finally be getting hot.
And on Friday night, they begin a three-game series in Atlanta with left-hander Cole Hamels making his first start since agreeing to a six-year, $144 million extension.
Will the series determine whether the Phillies are buyers or sellers...
Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) @ Atlanta Braves (54-44)
Friday, 7:35 Very Rich Hamels vs. Ben Sheets
Saturday, 7:10 Joe Blow vs. Mike Minor
Sunday, 1:35 Doc Halladay vs. Tim Hudson
R - 450 (10th)
AVG - .256 (17th)
OPS - .729 (15th)
ERA - 3.98 (16th)
WHIP - 1.32 (19th)
BAA - .253 (15th)