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Hamels helps Phillies end road skid

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ATLANTA -- Cole Hamels helped snap the Philadelphia Phillies' 11-game road losing streak and, in the process, got manager Charlie Manuel his 1,000 career victory.

The left-hander allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season as the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on a rainy Monday night at Turner Field.

It was the 96th time that Hamels had won a game for Manuel.

"I'll go back and thank him again," deadpanned the 69-year-old manager, who received a base signed by all the Phillies.

With his team 5-17 since the All-Star break, including a sweep at the hands of Washington over the weekend, Hamels admitted that the milestone wasn't something he was thinking about on the mound.

"I totally forgot," he said.

Hamels, who, like his team, is suffering through a disappointing season, definitely wanted the complete game, though.

"It's nice to go out and pitch nine," he said. "That's something I've always strived for."

Hamels (5-13) just missed his seventh career shutout, giving up a leadoff double in the ninth to Justin Upton and then a two-out double to Chris Johnson.

Hamels, able to keep the Braves off balance by changing speeds, struck out nine and walked one, going the distance on 123 pitches.

"I wanted to give him a chance to get a shutout," Manuel said.

Manuel is the 59th major league manager to reach the 1,000-win milestone, with 780 of his victories coming in nine seasons with the Phillies. He started his managerial career with the Cleveland Indians and has a .548 winning percentage.

"It's definitely quite an achievement," Manuel said. "But it's the players who play."

The Phillies averaged just 1.9 runs per game during their road losing streak, and Hamels hadn't received much support all season.

However, Hamels helped himself with a third-inning triple, leading to the game's first run, and Cody Ashe gave him a cushion with a three-run homer off Julio Teheran (9-6) in the sixth.

It was the second loss in three games for the Braves, who had their 14-game winning streak snapped with a 1-0 defeat against the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

Hamels, who started the season 1-9, gave up three homers in a 7-5 loss on Opening Day in Atlanta, but he is 13-8 in his career against the Braves.

"He was nasty," Johnson said. "One time, he threw me a different pitch each one."

"He might have been the best pitcher we've seen all year," Upton said.

Teheran, who had allowed no more than one run in each of his previous four starts, gave up four runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one while throwing 95 pitches.

The big blow for the Phillies' was Ashe's blast in the sixth. Chase Utley opened the inning with a single, and Darin Ruf was hit by a pitch one out later. Ashe then picked on a 1-0 two-seam fastball for his second homer of the season.

The Phillies added an insurance run in the ninth inning against reliever Anthony Varvaro. Ashe singled, stole second and scored on Carlos Ruiz's hit.

Jimmy Rollins doubled on the second pitch of the game, but Teheran retired seven consecutive batters before Hamels burned him in the third for a triple.

Hamels' drive to left-center field just eluded B.J. Upton, and the pitcher scored on a single by Rollins.

After a single by Utley and a walk to Domonic Brown loaded the bases with two outs, Teheran kept it a one-run game by getting Ruf to bounce out.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for one hour and 48 minutes. However, rain resumed before the first pitch and continued to fall at least lightly during much of the game.

Meanwhile, Atlanta hitters could do almost nothing against Hamels.

"He had all his pitches working and fairly early, too," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He had command of his fastball, his cutter; his changeup. He threw that any time he wanted. A couple times he threw it 3-2."

NOTES: A man died as a result of a fall from the upper deck at Turner Field Monday night, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. . . RHP Roy Halladay, who had shoulder surgery in May, will make a rehab start Thursday in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. He could return to the Phillies by the end of August. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season before undergoing surgery. ... Braves LHP Paul Maholm, out with a sore wrist since July 20, pitched a simulated game Monday, throwing 79 pitches over six innings. He will make a minor league rehab start this weekend. ... Braves RHP Kris Medlen (9-10, 3.85) will be going for his fourth straight victory as he faces Phillies rookie RHP Ethan Martin (1-1, 6.75) in the second game of the series Tuesday night. ... OF Laynce Nix was released by the Phillies after being designated for assignment Aug. 6 when Brown came of the seven-day concussion disabled list.

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