Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers teamed up for the fourth no-hitter of the major league season Monday and first combined no-hitter in more than two years, a 7-0 victory against the host Atlanta Braves.
Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each threw a perfect inning to finish the first combined no-hitter in Phillies history and the franchise's first since Roy Halladay vs. the Cincinnati Reds in the 2010 NL Division Series. Halladay also threw a perfect game in 2010.
Hamels, 30, was removed for a pinch-hitter after pitching six innings, walking five, striking out seven and hitting a batter. The Phillies led 2-0 at the time, but Hamels had thrown 108 pitches.
"I understand," he said. "I wasn't so caught up in the no hits, because I understood my pitch counts. I was able to get away with six innings."
Then it was pretty much business as usual for the bullpen.
Diekman was surprised when he got to the mound. "I had no idea (it was a no-hitter) until I ran out and looked at the scoreboard," he said.
Papelbon said he wasn't sure if he had been part of a no-hitter. He hadn't.
It was the third time four pitchers have combined for a no-hitter, the most recent in 1991 by the Baltimore Orioles' Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson.
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