ATLANTA (AP) -- Randall Delgado was good.
The problem for the Braves was that Joe Blanton was great.
Delgado threw eight strong innings in the longest start of his career but was overshadowed by Joe Blanton's three-hit shutout as Atlanta lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Thursday.
Delgado (2-3) allowed only six hits and two runs with no walks in eight innings. It was a loss, but he lowered his ERA from 6.30 to 5.14 and gave Atlanta's bullpen a rest one day after the team used eight pitchers in its 15-13 win in 11 innings.
"He deserved a better fate than what he got," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He pitched great. He gave us every opportunity to win this game, and we didn't."
Blanton threw his first shutout in five years, Shane Victorino hit a two-run homer and Laynce Nix also homered.
Blanton (3-3) did not walk a batter and had six strikeouts in his third career shutout, his first since June 2, 2007 for Oakland against Minnesota.
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