Hamels Goes Distance in Phillies' Shutout

Phillies' three home runs help beat the Braves, 5-0
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 11:22 PM CDT
Atlanta Braves' Yunel Escobar, right, misses a tag on Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (11) as he steals second in the first inning of their game last night in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr.)
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(Newser) – Cole Hamels pitched his first career shutout, Ryan Howard homered and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 last night. Pedro Feliz and Shane Victorino also homered and drove in two runs each for Philly, who lead the majors with 59 homers. Hamels (5-3) gave up just four hits, struck out six and walked two in his first complete game of the season.

All three Phillies’ homers came against Braves starter Chuck James (2-3), who allowed all five runs on six hits with five walks in four shaky innings. Jimmy Rollins added two hits and scored a run for the Phillies. The Braves played without Chipper Jones, who was a late scratch because of a sore groin suffered in his ninth inning at-bat yesterday.