Philadelphia Phillies (63-74) at Atlanta Braves (72-66), 7:10 p.m. (ET)
09/01/2014 10:35 AM
09/02/2014 10:32 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Kendrick has allowed five or more hits in every start since late May and 30 in the past four.
The Philadelphia Phillies used four pitchers in Monday's 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves and didn't allow a single hit.
Kendrick tries to keep the ball rolling in Tuesday's middle test of a three- game series at Turner Field. The right-hander has given up four runs in each of his last two starts, but has prevailed in each. Kendrick is hoping to build off last Wednesday's 8-4 win over Washington in which he lasted six innings and yielded seven hits.
The Phillies are 4-1 in his last four starts. Kendrick, who has surrendered 16 runs in his past four outings, is only 2-6 in 13 road assignments, but has enjoyed success throughout his career against Atlanta, going 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 24 games (18 starts). The Braves, though, got the best of Kendrick in an 8-2 win on July 20 and posted six runs over five innings against him.
Atlanta couldn't solve the quartet of Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon on Labor Day and got on base courtesy of five walks by Hamels, who lasted six innings and struck out seven. The three relievers then combined for five strikeouts in three innings of work to complete the first combined no-hitter and 12th of any kind in Phillies history.
It was also just the 11th combined no-hitter in baseball lore.
Hamels was removed after throwing 108 pitches.
"I understood coming around the sixth inning that it was going to be a short game," said Hamels. "Understanding the situation and what was going on, I wasn't really too worried about it."
Ben Revere had a career-high five RBI for the Phillies, while Jimmy Rollins moved into first place in franchise history with his 658th multi-hit game. Rollins singled, doubled and tripled and drove in a run to pass Richie Ashburn. Cody Asche scored three times for the Phillies, who have won eight of their last 11 games.
The Braves had won four of their previous five games until coming up empty Monday afternoon. Julio Teheran suffered the loss and gave up five runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings with four walks and three K's.
"One way to look at it is it's just a loss," said Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who was 0-for-4. "We lost the game. Tip your cap to their guys. You can't take anything away from them."
Atlanta, which is still a decent 11-6 since Aug. 15, sits seven games behind Washington in the NL East and 1 1/2 games off a wild card spot.
The Braves have won each of Mike Minor's last three starts and he pulls pitching duties Tuesday against the Phillies. Minor is 2-0 with a 1.66 earned run average in that time and threw seven innings in last Thursday's 6-1 win over the New York Mets, allowing only a run and four hits.
Minor is 6-8 overall with a 4.70 ERA and has struggled at home to the tune of a 3-6 mark in 11 starts. The left-hander has faced the Phillies eight times in his career (7 starts) and is 2-4 with a 3.59 ERA.
Atlanta is 8-6 against Philadelphia this season.
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