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ATLANTA -- Cole Hamels snapped 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.

Hamels (5-13) just missed his seventh career shutout when he gave up ninth-inning doubles to Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

Hamels struck out nine and walked one, going the distance on 123 pitches.

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.

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 at Atlanta on Opening Day in Atlanta, but he is 13-8 in his career against the Braves.

Teheran, who had allowed one run or none 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 Ruff 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 most of the game.

NOTES: 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 a 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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