Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels got help from three relievers to no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Labor Day. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a hitless inning in relief to complete the task. The Philllies won 7-0.
The no-hitter is the first-ever combined one in franchise history and the first Phillies no-hitter since Roy Halladay's perfect game in the regular season and postseason no-hitter, both in 2010.
Hamels (W: 8-6, 2.50 ERA) started and pitched six hitless innings, walking five and striking out seven. None of the five Braves who walked scored although Jayson Heyward did steal two bases in the bottom of the first.
Hamels, who was also 1 for 1 at the plate with a run scored, threw 108 pitches before manager Ryne Sandberg removed him for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. The move paid off as Grady Sizemore walked in Hamels' place, before Ben Revere then smacked a three-run triple to extend the Phillies' lead to 5-0. Dominic Brown, Cody Asche, and Sizemore all scored on the play.
Philadelphia first scored on a Revere sacrifice fly in the third, before Hamels scored his run in the sixth after leading off with a single and then coming in from second on a Jimmy Rollins triple to make the score 2-0. Revere drove in five runs on the day after his RBI single in the ninth when the Phillies added two more runs.
Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon combined for three nearly-perfect innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
Julio Teheran (L: 13-10, 2.90 ERA) allowed the Phillies' first five runs in 6.2 innings, but only the first two of those five were earned thanks to Brown's error in the sixth. Teheran walked four and struck out three.
Today's no-hitter is the fourth in the Major League's this season; Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw each had one for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tim Lincecum pitched one for the San Francisco Giants earler this year. That is the highest total in the Majors since 2010 saw six no-hitters. The last combined no-hitter occurred in 2012 when the Seattle Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers.