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Hamels throws solid in return to earn first win of season

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PHILADELPHIA -- 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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Chase Utley is busy doing his thing. He connects on his ninth homer of the year in the fifth. (AP)
Chase Utley is busy doing his thing. He connects on his ninth homer of the year in the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 7
Atlanta

C. Kotchman
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, 2B5111000 .338
Yunel Escobar, SS3000120 .291
Chipper Jones, 3B3110100 .296
Garret Anderson, LF4110011 .175
Brian McCann, C3112102 .205
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110011 .284
Casey Kotchman, 1B4113000 .310
Jordan Schafer, CF3000120 .232
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000020 .000
    James Parr, P0000000 .000
   a- Martin Prado, PH1000001 .281
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000010 .100
Totals3366649  
a-grounded out for Parr in the 7th
b-struck out for J. Bennett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson (4, Hamels), Jeff Francoeur (4, Lidge)
HR - Omar Infante (1, Condrey), Casey Kotchman (2, Lidge)
RBI - Omar Infante (9), Brian McCann 2 (9), Casey Kotchman 3 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 2 (7)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Yunel Escobar (2, Misplayed grounder), Jo-Jo Reyes (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes (L,0-2) 5584263 5.48
James Parr 1000000 3.86
Eric O'Flaherty 1000010 2.45
Jeff Bennett 1322100 1.98
HBP - Werth (by Jeff Bennett)
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 88-51, James Parr 16-11, Eric O'Flaherty 12-8, Jeff Bennett 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 5-6, James Parr 2-1, Jeff Bennett 2-1
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 24, James Parr 3, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jeff Bennett 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5012003 .211
Shane Victorino, CF5000004 .291
Chase Utley, 2B4111030 .315
Ryan Howard, 1B4110020 .290
Jayson Werth, RF2312100 .289
Raul Ibanez, LF4110011 .340
Pedro Feliz, 3B4111000 .309
Chris Coste, C2211200 .196
Cole Hamels, P2100010 .000
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .071
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Dobbs, PH1011000 .174
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals34108837  
a-fouled out for Hamels in the 6th
b-singled for Condrey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (6, Reyes), Ryan Howard (7, Reyes), Pedro Feliz (6, J. Bennett)
HR - Chase Utley (9, Reyes), Jayson Werth (6, Reyes), Chris Coste (1, Reyes)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (9), Chase Utley (22), Jayson Werth 2 (21), Pedro Feliz (18), Chris Coste (6), Greg Dobbs (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins 2 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,1-2) 6322270 6.17
Jack Taschner 1000100 4.05
Clay Condrey 1111001 2.12
Brad Lidge 1233121 8.49
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 95-64, Jack Taschner 15-8, Clay Condrey 12-9, Brad Lidge 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-5, Jack Taschner 2-1, Clay Condrey 3-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 23, Jack Taschner 4, Clay Condrey 4, Brad Lidge 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45312
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Dale Scott