The Phillies season ultimately took a turn south in late May when they were the victims of a no-hitter for the first time since 1964. On Monday, in the midst of their best stretch of winning all season, they made a little history of their own.
Cole Hamels pitched six no-hit innings before exiting after throwing 108 pitches. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history in a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon at Turner Field.
As good of a day as it was for the pitching, Ben Revere had quite a day as well. Revere opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the third.
Jimmy Rollins padded the lead in the sixth with an RBI triple.
Hamels struggled with command at times but continued to hold the Braves off the board. He walked five and hit a batter in six innings. He also struck out seven.
In the seventh, Grady Sizemore hit for Hamels and worked a walk to load the bases. Revere followed with a bases-clearing triple.
Revere drove in another run in the ninth with an RBI single. Ryan Howard later worked out a bases-loaded walk to cap the scoring.
The Phillies turned to Diekman in the seventh. He struck out two in a perfect inning.
Giles struck out the side in his inning of work, putting the game into the hands of Papelbon.
Papelbon got a fly out to left off the bat of Jose Constanza. Chris Johnson followed with a ground out to shortstop. Finally, Papelbon forced a soft line drive to Darin Ruf at first as Phil Gosselin made the final out.
The no-hitter was the first in the regular season for the Phillies since Roy Halladay‘s perfect game in 2010. It was the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.
The combined no-hitter was the first in the majors since Kevin Millwood and the Seattle Mariners completed the feat in 2012 against the Dodgers. There are 11 other combined no-hitters in major-league history.
Offensively, Revere and Rollins combined for five of the Phillies seven hits. It was Rollins’ third straight three-hit game. His 658th career multi-hit game moved him into first place in franchise history, passing Richie Ashburn.
Revere’s five RBI increased his season total from 15 to 20. The Phillies also finished with seven walks against Braves pitching.
The Phillies improved to 63-74 with the win. They continue the series in Atlanta on Tuesday night against the Braves. Kyle Kendrick faces Mike Minor.
L: Julio Teheran (13-10)