ATLANTA -- Cole Hamels pitched a gem, Jimmy Rollins smacked a two-run home run and Cameron Rupp made a big defensive play in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, at Turner Field on Saturday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Phils, who are 43-54.
Starting pitching report
Hamels (4-5) allowed just four hits and a run over seven innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out nine.
Hamels held the Braves scoreless on two hits over the first six innings.
Aaron Harang pitched six scoreless innings for the Braves. He walked three and struck out four.
Ken Giles pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 23rd save.
Shae Simmons allowed the two-run home run to Rollins in the seventh.
At the plate
Rollins hit a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run homer in the seventh. It was his 12th home run. He has 19 home runs and 83 RBIs in in 231 career games against the Braves.
Grady Sizemore (double) was on base for Rollins’ homer. He had three hits and a walk. He is 8 for 20 in five games with the Phillies.
The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 35 of their 97 games.
In the field
Rupp, the Phillies’ catcher, made a huge play when he gunned down B.J. Upton trying to steal second to end the bottom of the eighth with the Phillies up by a run.
Ruben Amaro Jr. is being tight-lipped. Maybe that means something is hot (see story).
Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.62) pitches against lefty Alex Wood (6-7, 3.36) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.