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Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Hamels, and Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night.
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Sheets (3-0) won his third straight start, allowing one run and six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six innings.
After missing all of last season while recovering from elbow surgery, Sheets signed the minor league deal on July 1 and had his contract purchased by the Braves on July 15.
Asked if the month has been a blur, Sheets said "Man, I'm just riding it, riding the wave.
"I mean, I'm on a very good team and the guys are doing the heavy pulling. I'm just trying to put in a little two cents myself, trying to help us out."
The Braves trail first-place Washington, which lost to Milwaukee 6-0, by four games in the NL East.
McCann has eight homers and 19 RBI in his last 15 games since July 5 and has lifted his batting average from .225 to .242.
"I like hitting right now," McCann said. "It's been a good couple of weeks, a good month I guess. I'm just glad I'm back to where I have been my whole career. My first half was brutal. I just put it behind me. To be honest I think that was the best thing that's ever happened to me. It made me get back to the basics and doing what I've always done. It was a wakeup call, it really was."
McCann has six home runs and 16 RBI in six games against the Phillies this season, giving him 17 homers overall.
Hamels (11-5), making his first start since signing the six-year extension on Wednesday, set a career high with six walks in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five runs, three earned, on four hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.
He said he has been through a lot this week.
"It was a long week," Hamels said. "I don't think I'll have to experience that again."
Hamels said he was affected by "one of the more humid days I've ever had to pitch.
"It was one of the few games I've had to change my jersey twice," he said. "I'm hoping I don't have to do that ever again."
Hamels said the humidity affected his grip on the ball.
"I tried to force the issue over and over and over," he said. "Every pitch I could throw today was problematic."
The Braves weren't expecting six walks from Hamels.
"We got Cole on an off night," said Chipper Jones. "I don't know that I've ever seen him walk five or six guys in a game. Very uncharacteristic but we took advantage of it."
The loss ended Philadelphia's four-game winning streak and cost the Phillies a chance to move out of last place in the NL East.
Sheets did not allow a run while winning his first two starts in his comeback with Atlanta. That streak of 12 scoreless innings ended before he recorded an out against the Phillies.
The Braves, helped by Hamels' control problems and a fielding error by third baseman Mike Fontenot, scored two unearned runs in the second. The inning could have been bigger, as Jones was picked off second base after his leadoff double.
Hamels walked Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Paul Janish to load the bases with two outs. Sheets' grounder bounced under Fontenot's glove for an error, allowing Freeman to score. Michael Bourn's single to left field drove in Uggla, giving the Braves a 2-1 lead.
After Jason Heyward walked with one out in the fifth, Jones added his second double of the game. Hamels struck out Freeman before McCann's three-run homer, a high blast to center field, gave Atlanta a 5-1 lead.
|The Braves' Ben Sheets allows one run on six hits in six innings of work to defeat the Phillies and improve to 3-0. (Getty Images)|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.256|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||3||4||.245|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.344|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Juan Pierre, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.305|
|Jeremy Horst, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Laynce Nix, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.314|
|Joe Savery, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Fontenot, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.292|
|b- Ty Wigginton, PH-3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.232|
|Cole Hamels, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|John Mayberry Jr., LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|a-struck out for Horst in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Fontenot in the 7th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (23, Sheets), Shane Victorino (17, Sheets), Carlos Ruiz (27, Sheets)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino (39)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (17, 3rd base off Venters/McCann), Shane Victorino (23, 2nd base off Venters/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|PB - Carlos Ruiz (4)|
|E - Mike Fontenot (5, Misplayed grounder), John Mayberry Jr. (2, Dropped fly)|
|Cole Hamels (L,11-5)||5||4||5||3||6||7||1||3.31|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 109-53, Jeremy Horst 42-25, Joe Savery 15-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 3-5, Joe Savery 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 25, Jeremy Horst 9, Joe Savery 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.298|
|Martin Prado, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||4||.303|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||1||0||0||1||3||1||.267|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.317|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||1||1||0||0||3||1||2||.272|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||3||0||0||3||.242|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.211|
|Paul Janish, SS||1||0||0||0||3||1||0||.179|
|Ben Sheets, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Tyler Pastornicky, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.248|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.239|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Sheets in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Durbin in the 8th|
|2B - Chipper Jones 2 (14, Hamels, Hamels)|
|HR - Brian McCann (17, Hamels)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (41), Martin Prado (43), Brian McCann 3 (54)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (15), Martin Prado (17), Brian McCann 3 (26)|
|PK - Chipper Jones (1, Hamels)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Ben Sheets (W,3-0)||6||6||1||1||1||4||0||0.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 94-58, Jonny Venters 32-15, Chad Durbin 12-9, Cristhian Martinez 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 9-5, Jonny Venters 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 25, Jonny Venters 6, Chad Durbin 3, Cristhian Martinez 3|
|Attendance - 42239|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|