ATLANTA - Cole Hamels and a trio of Philadelphia Phillies relievers pitched the team's first-ever combined no-hitter on Labor Day.
Hamels was pulled from the game after six innings against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a warm Monday afternoon at Turner Field. He left for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Reliever Jake Diekman struck out two in the seventh and Ken Giles struck out the side in the eighth. Jonathan Papelbon came on to close the game for the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth, giving the team its 12th-ever no-hitter.
Hamels singled and scored in the top of the sixth. After he pitched the bottom half, he got pats of congratulations in the dugout, a sign that he was done.
The game's final score was 7-0.
In a post on Twitter following the game, the Phillies' Double-A affiliate, the Reading Fightin Phils, congratulated its former players on the win.
Monday's no-hitter was the fourth one thrown this season. Most recently, San Francisco's Tim Lincecum recorded a no-hitter on Jun 25 against the San Diego Padres.
Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies on June 18. Dodgers teammate Josh Beckett also no-hit the Phillies on May 25.
This was the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history. Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers teamed up to do it against the Dodgers in 2012. The first combined no-hitter came in 1917 when Babe Ruth walked the first Washington batter of the game and was ejected, and Boston Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore didn't allow another runner.
Roy Halladay pitched the previous two Phillies no-hitters — he threw a perfect game against the Marlins in 2010, then threw a no-hitter the same year in the playoffs against Cincinnati.
It was 12th no-hitter in Phillies history. The last pitcher to no-hit the Braves was Ubaldo Jimenez of Colorado in 2010.
Ben Revere tripled and drove in a career-high five runs. The leadoff man started the day with 15 RBIs this season.
Hamels factored in the Phillies' first two runs. He sacrificed a runner to third in the third inning, and led off the sixth with a single and scored from second on Rollins' triple.
Atlanta, which had won 11 of 15, began the day 1½ games back in the NL wild-card race. Jason Heyward drew two walks and stole three bases.
Julio Teheran (13-10) gave up five hits and five runs — two earned — with four walks in 6 2-3 innings. He left after Revere's bases-loaded triple made it 5-0 in the seventh. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons' error set up the runs.
Philadelphia has won Hamels' last five starts against the Braves. He owns a 0.97 ERA and four victories in that span.
Phillies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-11) starts Tuesday vs. Atlanta. He has a 6.55 ERA over his last nine starts. ... Braves LHP Mike Minor (6-8) is winless with two losses and a 2.77 ERA in two starts against Philadelphia this year.
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