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Phils' first sweep comes courtesy of Hamels, two Howard HRs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ATLANTA -- Ryan Howard made his return from the disabled list official with a pair of two-run homers Sunday.

"Right now," he declared, "I'm 100 percent."

Howard, who came off the disabled list Friday, had three hits and Greg Dobbs added a two-run homer of his own as the Philadelphia Phillies crushed the Atlanta Braves 13-6 to complete their first sweep of the season.

Howard and Dobbs hit two-run homers in the first before the Phillies put the game away with seven runs in the fifth. Howard added another two-run homer in the eighth.

The three hits lifted Howard's batting average to .220 and boosted the Phillies' confidence that the reigning MVP can return to his 2006 form.

"Anytime you get a couple of dingers and get a knock, I guess you're swinging the bat good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The sweep of the Braves put the Phillies (26-24) two games over .500 for the first time this season, but the showing by Howard may have been the team's most important development of the weekend.

"I think it's one of the best things for us," Phillies starter Cole Hamels said. "He's been battling to find himself and put a lot of pressure on himself. Coming off the DL, he can put less pressure on himself and relax because he knows his body is all right."

The Braves have lost 10 of 14 to fall to 12-13 in May. The Braves fell 4½ games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and only two games ahead of the third-place Phillies.

"It just wasn't a good day for the most part," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.

The Phillies are 22-13 since starting 4-11.

"Being over .500 is huge," Howard said. "All of a sudden, we're two games over .500. That says good things about our team."

The Phillies outscored the Braves 27-13 in the three-game sweep. Hamels was the only Philadelphia starter without a hit as seven Phillies drove in runs.

Hamels (7-2) gave up six hits and three runs in six innings. He had eight strikeouts and walked one batter.

Dobbs drove in three runs, including a run-scoring single in the seven-run fifth. The Phillies are 13-2 when Dobbs starts.

Dobbs, who helped fill in at first base when Howard was out with a strained left quadriceps, was 2-for-5 with three RBI as he made his fourth start at third base.

"When you hit the ball that good, it's pretty hard to take somebody out of the lineup like that," Manuel said.

Jimmy Rollins was 2-for-4 with a triple and a two-run double to cap the scoring in the fifth.

Atlanta rookie catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first career homer and Andruw Jones also hit a homer off Hamels.

Atlanta's Chipper Jones missed his fourth straight game with a sore thumb, and Andruw Jones drove in only one run in the series.

When asked if he was concerned following the sweep, Chipper Jones said, "In this series? No. If it continues on much past this, yes."

The last time the Phillies swept a three-game series in Atlanta was July 21-23, 1986, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Philadelphia swept a four-game series in Atlanta in 1995.

The Phillies' last sweep of the Braves came in Philadelphia, April 20-22, 2001.

The Phillies had four extra-base hits in the first inning off Kyle Davies (2-3). Rollins tripled and scored on Howard's homer curled around the right-field foul pole. Aaron Rowand doubled and scored on Dobbs' homer to right.

Davies gave up eight hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings and was pulled after giving up a bases-loaded single to Rowand.

Reliever Macay McBride gave up another run-scoring single to Dobbs and forced in a run by walking Carlos Ruiz. The Braves' third pitcher of the inning, Peter Moylan, gave up an RBI single to Michael Bourn and Rollins' two-run double.

The Braves had two hits off Hamels in the fifth, including Scott Thorman's run-scoring double

Atlanta added three runs in the ninth off Clay Condrey. Matt Diaz hit a bases-loaded single to drive in one run. Willie Harris added a two-run double, the fourth hit of the inning, to knock Condrey out of the game.

Yoel Hernandez recorded the final three outs.

Notes

  • Howard's last two-homer game came on Sept. 6, 2006, against Florida.
  • Andruw Jones made a jumping catch, his glove extended over the center-field wall, to take another homer away from Dobbs in the third inning. Jones fell in front of the wall after making the catch before rising to show he had the ball.
  • The Braves fell to 10-14 against left-handed starters.
 
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Ryan Howard gets back into a groove, going 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs for the Phils.  (AP)
Ryan Howard gets back into a groove, going 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs for the Phils. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 8
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4122101 .275
    Abraham Nunez, SS1000011 .309
Shane Victorino, RF5220003 .289
Chase Utley, 2B5110003 .293
    Wes Helms, 3B0000000 .267
Ryan Howard, 1B4334100 .220
Aaron Rowand, CF5221011 .326
Greg Dobbs, 3B-2B5223011 .298
Carlos Ruiz, C4121100 .264
Michael Bourn, LF5111002 .226
Cole Hamels, P2001010 .185
   a- Jayson Werth, PH1000000 .255
    Francisco Rosario, P0000000 .000
   b- Pat Burrell, PH0000100 .225
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
    Yoel Hernandez, P0000000 .000
Totals4113151344  
a-grounded out for Hamels in the 7th
b-walked for Rosario in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (10, Moylan), Chase Utley (21, Davies), Aaron Rowand (13, Davies)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (6, Davies)
HR - Ryan Howard 2 (8, Davies, Paronto), Greg Dobbs (3, Davies)
SF - Cole Hamels (1)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (30), Ryan Howard 4 (29), Aaron Rowand (26), Greg Dobbs 3 (18), Carlos Ruiz (18), Michael Bourn (2), Cole Hamels (1)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (12), Ryan Howard 2 (14), Greg Dobbs 2 (10)
Team LOB - 6
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,7-2) 6633182 3.74
Francisco Rosario 2300030 4.70
Clay Condrey0433100 10.80
Yoel Hernandez 1000000 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 96-68, Francisco Rosario 47-27, Clay Condrey 19-9, Yoel Hernandez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 3-7, Francisco Rosario 1-2, Yoel Hernandez 3-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 25, Francisco Rosario 9, Clay Condrey 5, Yoel Hernandez 3
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B4100122 .275
Matt Diaz, LF5021012 .349
Edgar Renteria, SS3000011 .326
    Willie Harris, CF2022000 .381
Jeff Francoeur, RF5000024 .287
Andruw Jones, CF2111100 .218
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH-3B2010000 .200
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5121015 .323
Martin Prado, 3B4110003 .208
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .000
Scott Thorman, 1B4121020 .246
Kyle Davies, P1000010 .067
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P1000011 .000
    Chris Woodward, SS2120000 .226
Totals406136211  
a-singled for Paronto in the 8th
Batting
2B - Scott Thorman 2 (9, Hamels, Condrey), Chris Woodward (2, Rosario)
HR - Andruw Jones (7, Hamels), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Hamels)
RBI - Matt Diaz (11), Willie Harris 2 (7), Andruw Jones (32), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5), Scott Thorman (24)
2-OUT RBI - Andruw Jones (13)
Team LOB - 9
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies (L,2-3) 4.1888222 5.51
Macay McBride0122100 5.87
Peter Moylan 1.2311000 2.25
Chad Paronto 2322011 8.16
Oscar Villarreal 1000110 3.60
IBB - Howard by Kyle Davies
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 73-42, Macay McBride 10-6, Peter Moylan 26-18, Chad Paronto 31-18, Oscar Villarreal 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-7, Peter Moylan 1-4, Chad Paronto 3-2, Oscar Villarreal 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Macay McBride 2, Peter Moylan 8, Chad Paronto 9, Oscar Villarreal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 38058
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Dan Iassogna