ATLANTA --Cole Hamels flirted with a shutout and Cody Asche halted Julio Teheran's recent string of success with a three-run homer that helped the Phillies snap an 11-game road losing streak with a 5-1 win at Turner Field.
Hamels was simply masterful. He scattered six hits and saw his bid for a shutout end when Justin Upton began the bottom of the ninth with a double and later scored on Johnson's two-out opposite-field double. The veteran left-hander's 123-pitch gem paved the way for the Phillies to win for just the fourth time in their past 21 games.
Despite having the most losses in the National League, Hamels is every bit as dangerous as he has been in the past. He has a 1.98 ERA in the eight starts he has made dating back to July 4.
This was just the second loss in the past 16 games for the Braves, who had averaged 5.7 runs in their previous 15 contests.
This certainly was not a good night for Teheran to produce his shakiest outing in more than a month. The 22-year-old right-hander was charged with four earned runs and six hits in six innings. He had allowed a total of four runs in his previous four starts combined.
Teheran kept the Braves close, allowing just one run through the first five innings. But his fortunes changed in the sixth inning, when Chase Utley produced a leadoff single and Darin Ruf was hit in the left shoulder with a 1-2 changeup. That set the stage for Asche to drill a fastball into the right-field seats. The three-run shot was the second career home run for the rookie third baseman, who made his Major League debut two weeks ago.
Hamels helped himself when he produced a one-out triple in the third inning that eluded B.J. Upton's glove in left-center. Jimmy Rollins followed with an RBI single. Teheran allowed another single and issued a walk to load the bases before escaping the inning without any further damage.
After waiting through the delay, the Braves did not have many answers for Hamels, whose only previous outing against Atlanta this year came on Opening Day, when he allowed five runs in five innings.
The only two baserunners the Braves produced through the first five innings came courtesy of doubles by Brian McCann and Jason Heyward. McCann was left stranded at third base when Hamels ended the second inning with consecutive strikeouts of Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton. Heyward's two-out double in the third inning was followed by Justin Upton's lazy fly ball, caught by Michael Young behind first base.
Hamels encountered brief trouble in the seventh, when Johnson singled and Uggla walked with just one out. But B.J. Upton's sharp grounder to Rollins resulted in an inning-ending double play.
A man has died after falling approximately 65 feet from an upper-level platform at Turner Field into the players' parking lot on Monday night before the Braves' game against the Phillies, according to an emailed statement from Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee.
Officers responded to the situation at around 8:55 p.m. ET, after which time the man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.
Chafee wrote that there was no indication of foul play and that the fall appeared accidental. The fan's identity has not been released.
The incident occurred during a rain delay that pushed back the first pitch by one hour, 48 minutes. During the game, the Braves released the following statement:
"There was an accident earlier tonight at Turner Field with a spectator falling from the upper level. The spectator has been transported to the hospital. The Atlanta Police Department are investigating and we refer all media inquiries to them at this time."
--- Source: MLB.com