Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park on August 7, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels threw a five-hitter for his fifth career shutout and Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer as Philadelphia beat Atlanta 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Braves.
Hamels (12-6) struck out six and didn’t walk a batter to record his 11th career complete game and his first win in three tries since signing a $144 million, six-year contract on July 25. The All-Star left-hander is 4-5 since going 8-1 in the first two months of the season.
Mike Minor (6-8) took the loss for the wild card-leading Braves, who had won eight of 10. Minor allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings.
The Phillies scored all their runs in the first inning.
Jimmy Rollins led off with a double...