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Phillies Vs. Braves Final Score: Cole Hamels Shuts Down Atlanta Offense In 3-0 Phillies Win

The Braves were shut down offensively in the rubber game with the Phillies, losing 3-0 behind seven shutout innings by Cole Hamels.

Hamels allowed four hits - three singles - over seven shutout innings, walking one and striking out eight. He induced seven ground balls, six fly balls and three line drives. His .440 WPA is easily the best in the game.

The Phillies scored their first run in the fourth when back-to-back singles by Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco set up a run on a double play by Jimmy Rollins. The other Philly run came in the sixth in the form of a solo home run by Victorino.

The Braves had five hits as a team but couldn't buy a run. Nate McLouth doubled in the fourth for the team's first hit, but he was left on after a flyout by Chipper Jones and sharp grounder to Hamels by Brian McCann. Freddie Freeman singled to lead off the sixth and moved to second on a bunt, but Martin Prado struck out and Chipper grounded out to end the inning.

Consecutive two-out singles by Jason Heyward and Alex Gonzalez put Heyward on third in the seventh, but Freeman grounded out to end the inning. Prado singled in the eighth but McLouth grounded into a double play. The Braves were in the game all day long but never brought home a run.

Derek Lowe received the tough-luck loss with seven solid innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, not walking any and striking out two. He didn't show the same big strikeout ability or moving sinker, but he held the Phillies to two runs. Lowe allowed 11 ground balls to seven fly balls and six line drives. He posted a .068 WPA.

Victorino went 3-4 with a homer and RBI. Carlos Ruiz added two hits.

Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless eighth with three ground balls. Craig Kimbrel gave up a run in the ninth when Rollins led off with a double, advanced to third on an error and scored on a groundout by Ryan Howard.

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth and Jose Contreras did the same in the ninth.

For more on the series, Braves fans check out Talking Chop and Phillies fans check out The Good Phight.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.