By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 1 2014, 4:25PM EST.
Cole Hamels tossed six innings without surrendering a hit and the Phillies bullpen chipped in with another three en route to a 7-0 victory and a combined no-hitter of the Braves on Monday at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Hamels labored through six innings, tossing 108 pitches while walking five. He also hit a batter but struck out seven.
Jake Diekman and Ken Giles combined for five strikeouts over two innings of relief before Johnathan Papelbon hurled a perfect final frame to cement the victory.
The combined no-hitter is the first of its type franchise history for the Phillies and just the 11th in Major League history.
"It feels really good to be a part of something special and that's just what this was," Hamels said. "The Braves are very good and at any point they can put a ton of runs on the board."
Ben Revere, who entered the contest with 15 RBIs on the season, drove in five in the winning effort.
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Cody Asche doubled and eventually scored on a Revere sacrifice fly to left field.
The Phillies added to their lead in the sixth with Hamels opening the frame with a single before advancing to second a Revere sacrifice bunt. Jimmy Rollins then tripled, scoring Hamels to push the Phillies ahead 2-0.
The offense then erupted for three runs in the seventh and another two in the ninth.
"It was a total team effort today," Hamels said. "From the offense to knowing I could hand the game over to the bullpen because they've been outstanding, that's a good feeling."
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