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Hamels earns first win in Phillies' 10-6 victory

May 9, 2009 - 2:44 AM By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA(AP) -- Cole Hamels left the mound on his terms.

Hamels pitched six impressive innings to earn his first win since the World Series, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 10-6 on Friday night.

Jayson Werth, Chris Coste and Chase Utley homered for the NL East leaders, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Making his first start since spraining his left ankle on April 28, Hamels (1-2) allowed two runs, three hits and struck out seven. Hamels was MVP of the NL championship series and World Series last year, but struggled the first month mostly because of a series of freak injuries.

"I'm glad nothing came down and hit me," he said. "It was almost abnormal, being out there in the sixth inning."

Atlanta's Casey Kotchman hit a three-run homer off Brad Lidge in the ninth, and Omar Infante also went deep.

Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2) lost his ninth straight, allowing eight runs - four earned - and five hits in five innings.

The left-hander hasn't won since beating the Los Angeles Angels last June 13.

Hamels has been plagued by injuries this season. His first start was pushed back because he had minor elbow problems in spring training. He left his third outing against Milwaukee on April 23 after getting hit in the shoulder by a line drive in the fourth inning. He exited his next start when he hurt his ankle chasing a bunt in the fifth inning against Washington.

The ace lefty looked like his old self against the Braves, mixing a sharp fastball with his trademark changeup. Hamels retired the first 11 batters before Chipper Jones reached on an infield single in the fourth.

"I really wanted to go somewhat deep in the game," said Hamels, who lowered his ERA to 6.17.

The Phillies scored four unearned runs on just one hit off Reyes in the second, taking advantage of a pair of errors. Pedro Feliz reached safely when shortstop Yunel Escobar booted his two-out grounder, putting runners at first and second. After Coste walked to load the bases, Hamels hit a slow roller that Reyes fielded near the first-base line. But Reyes' throw sailed into right field, allowing two runs to score.

"He didn't cover up an error," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Reyes. "You've got to be able to cover a mistake."

Jimmy Rollins followed with a two-run double to center for a 4-0 lead. Werth ripped a two-run shot after Ryan Howard hit a ground-rule double to make it 6-0 in the third.

Brian McCann, playing his first game since missing 13 with a left eye infection, had a two-run single in the fourth. McCann wore glasses for the first time in a major league game.

"I saw the ball pretty good at the plate. Catching, it fogs up pretty bad," McCann said.

Coste's solo homer made it 7-2. Utley, who struck out swinging his first two at-bats, drove one into the second deck in right field his next time up for his ninth homer.

Notes: Phillies CF Shane Victorino was 0-for-5, ending his career-best 16-game hitting streak. ... The Phillies will visit the White House before next Friday's game at Washington. They were originally scheduled for a visit on April 14, but that was postponed because of the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Kalas. ... Despite the three homers allowed by Reyes, Atlanta's staff still leads the NL in giving up the fewest long balls with 20. ... Hamels was the first starting pitcher to go winless in April after being World Series MVP since Johnny Podres in 1955-56. Podres didn't pitch the following April because he joined the Navy. ... Lidge has allowed five homers in 11 2-3 innings. He gave up just two last year when he was 48-for-48 in save chances, including the postseason.






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  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    ATLANTA 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 6 6 2
    PHILADELPHIA 0 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 x 10 8 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: ATL - JO-JO REYES, JAMES PARR (6TH), ERIC O'FLAHERTY (7TH), JEFF
    BENNETT (8TH) AND BRIAN MCCANN
    PHI - COLE HAMELS, JACK TASCHNER (7TH), CLAY CONDREY
    (8TH), BRAD LI

    May 8 9:46 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY CASEY KOTCHMAN (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF BRAD LIDGE SCORED BRIAN MCCANN AND JEFF FRANCOEUR.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 6, PHILADELPHIA 10
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J SCHAFER (.234, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves 6, Phillies 10  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 8 9:39 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GREG DOBBS SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G DOBBS ON FIRST, C COSTE ON SECOND, P FELIZ
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    PHILADELPHIA 10 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J ROLLINS (.212, 1-FOR-4, 2 RBI)

    Braves 3, Phillies 10  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 8 9:29 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY PEDRO FELIZ SCORED JAYSON WERTH.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON SECOND, R IBANEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3
    PHILADELPHIA 9 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C COSTE (.196, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Braves 3, Phillies 9  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 8 9:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY OMAR INFANTE (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF CLAY CONDREY.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 3, PHILADELPHIA 8
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: Y ESCOBAR (.294, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Braves 3, Phillies 8  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 8 9:09 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHASE UTLEY (9) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF JO-JO REYES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2, PHILADELPHIA 8
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R HOWARD (.295, 1-FOR-2)

    Braves 2, Phillies 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 8 8:22 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHRIS COSTE (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF JO-JO REYES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2, PHILADELPHIA 7
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: C HAMELS (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 2, Phillies 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 8 8:08 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRIAN MCCANN SCORED CHIPPER JONES AND GARRET
    ANDERSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B MCCANN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 2
    PHILADELPHIA 6 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR ATLANTA: J FRANCOEUR (.283, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 2, Phillies 6  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 8 8:04 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JAYSON WERTH (6) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF JO-JO REYES SCORED RYAN HOWARD.
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0, PHILADELPHIA 6
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: R IBANEZ (.340, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Phillies 6  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 8 7:54 PM


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    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JIMMY ROLLINS SCORED CHRIS COSTE AND COLE HAMELS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J ROLLINS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    PHILADELPHIA 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: S VICTORINO (.301, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Phillies 4  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 8 7:40 PM


  • NL
    AT PHILADELPHIA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JO-JO REYES ALLOWED JAYSON WERTH AND PEDRO FELIZ
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C HAMELS ON SECOND, C COSTE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ATLANTA 0
    PHILADELPHIA 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PHILADELPHIA: J ROLLINS (.209, 0-FOR-1)

    Braves 0, Phillies 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 8 7:37 PM
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