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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 his first two starts in his comeback with Atlanta. That streak of 12 scoreless innings ended before he recorded an out against the Phillies.
Jimmy Rollins led off with a single and scored on Shane Victorino's double to the gap in right-center.
The Braves, helped by Hamels' control problems and a fielding error by third baseman Mike Fontenot, scored two unearned runs in the second. The inning could have been bigger; Chipper Jones was picked off second base after his leadoff double.
Hamels walked Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Paul Janish to load the bases with two outs. Sheets' grounder bounced under Fontenot's glove for an error, allowing Freeman to score. Michael Bourn's single to left field drove in Uggla, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.
After Jason Heyward walked with one out in the fifth, Jones added his second double of the game. Hamels struck out Freeman before McCann's three-run homer, a high blast to center field, gave Atlanta a 5-1 lead.
McCann has six home runs and 16 RBIs in six games against the Phillies this season, giving him 17 homers overall.
John Mayberry Jr. dropped Bourn's flyball in the left-field corner for a three-base error with two outs in the sixth. Martin Prado's single off Jeremy Horst pushed the lead to 6-1.
The Phillies loaded the bases against Jonny Venters in the seventh, but Venters struck out Ryan Howard to end the threat.
NOTES: Hamels' previous high was five walks, most recently on June 29, 2007, against the Mets. ... Jones moved into a second-place tie with Pete Rose for most extra-base hits by switch-hitters with 1,041, behind Eddie Murray's 1,099. ... The Phillies recalled IF Kevin Frandsen from Triple-A Lehigh Valley after placing 3B Placido Polanco on the 15-day DL with lower back inflammation. The move with Polanco is retroactive to Monday. ... The Braves signed RHP Miguel Batista, 41, who was released by the Mets, to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The Braves promoted LHP Sean Gilmartin, a 2011 first-round pick, to Gwinnett. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor will face Phillies RHP Joe Blanton as the series continues on Saturday night. The start time was changed from 4:05 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. to accommodate TV.
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