“It’s good to beat Smoltz,” Rollins said. “That dude is tough. Today we proved he’s human.”
Jose Mesa (2-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.
“To beat a guy who is untouchable like Smoltz, it’s quite a lift,” said Turk Wendell, who recorded the final two outs in the eighth for Philadelphia.
Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected with one out in the top of the ninth for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Terry Craft. Bowa was tossed after a 1-2 pitch by Mesa on Javy Lopez.
The fiery Bowa stormed out of the dugout, threw his hat down several times, kept pointing at a corner of the plate and kicked dirt all over the plate. He was restrained by first-base umpire Charlie Reliford and Phillies bench coach Gary Varsho.
“I’m tired of hearing every time we play the Braves that their ball is a strike and ours is just a bit outside,” Bowa said. “I respect what they’ve done. They’re a great team. They’ve earned their reputation. But we’ve got pitchers who have been around a long time, too. Why doesn’t Mesa get a pitch?”
After Rollins’ hit, Bowa came running out onto the field to join the celebration as the Phillies, desperately trying to stay in contention, took two of three from the NL East-leading Braves.
Gary Sheffield hit two solo homers for Atlanta.
After Byrd broke up Hampton’s no-hit bid, pinch-hitter Tomas Perez followed with a line-drive single to right. Smoltz came in and struck out Bobby Abreu after a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up. But Polanco poked a 1-2 pitch just over first baseman Robert Fick’s glove, scoring Byrd and pinch-runner Nick Punto to tie it at 2.
“The whole game changed on that one pitch,” Smoltz said. “It was a great win for them.”
Hampton allowed two hits, walked three and struck out five in 7 1-3 innings.
Phillies starter Vicente Padilla gave up two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Sheffield made it 1-0 in the fourth with a long homer into the left-center field seats. He poked a shot just inside the left-field foul pole and barely over the fence for his 21st homer in the sixth, giving the Braves a 2-0 lead.
Hampton preserved his no-hitter by reaching out to catch a hard liner by Byrd for the final out in the fifth.
Second baseman Mark DeRosa made a nice play on Abreu for the first out in the sixth, ranging far to his right, backhanding a grounder and making a one-hop throw to first. Padilla, who walked to start the inning and moved to second on a passed ball by Lopez, went to third on the play.
But Hampton got Polanco on a hard grounder back to the mound and retired Jim Thome on a fly ball to center to end the inning.
“It’s about as bad as it gets,” Hampton said. “Everything is great for seven innings and then we lose.”
Padilla pitched seven shutout innings in his last start, a 3-0 victory over Anaheim on June 9. He went one inning in a game that was rained out in Cincinnati last Sunday.
Hampton, who missed one start after straining his groin against Texas on June 5, has had consecutive brilliant performances since returning. He pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and one run in a victory at Seattle lastSaturday.
Sheffield has nine homers and 18 RBIs in his last 18 games. … Fick went 0-for-4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. … The Phillies had been 0-25 in games they trailed after seven innings. … Smoltz hadn’t allowed a runsince May 10 against the Giants.