Hampton continues mastery of Phillies
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Once again, the
were unable to solve
Hampton came within one out of his 21st career complete game and settled for his fourth straight win over the Phillies as the
posted a 6-2 victory.
After going 0-2 against Philadelphia in 2003, Hampton was superb in four meetings with the National League East Division rivals last season, going 3-0 and allowing just four runs in 29 2/3 innings over four starts.
He continued to baffle the Phillies this season, tossing eight scoreless innings in the Braves' 10-inning loss Sunday and adding 8 2/3 stellar frames in this one.
"They've got a tough lineup," Hampton said. "Things have just been going my way. I just go out there, and with my best stuff."
"He's unstoppable right now," said Phillies starter
, who matched Hampton with eight scoreless frames Sunday. "He pitched behind in the count good and he pitched ahead in the count good."
Hampton (2-0), who improved to 13-1 in his last 18 regular-season starts, limited Philadelphia to two runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out four. The lefthander retired two of the first three batters in the ninth before
While facing 34 batters, Hampton threw 24 first-pitch strikes.
"I'm pretty good pitching when I'm behind in the count and leading off with first-pitch strikes," Hampton said. "That's probably been a key for me."
"Hampton just threw a lot of strikes tonight," Atlanta manager
said. "We finally got him some run support."
Danny Kolb came on and walked
to load the bases for pinch hitter
, who was 3-for-3 in his career against the closer. But the Phillies' slugger, who belted his first homer of the season Thursday, fouled out to left on a 1-1 offering to end the game and give Kolb his sixth save.
each belted two-run homers and
snapped a career-high 0-for-28 slump with an RBI double for the Braves, who had scored just eight runs in their previous six contests.
"Everything went perfect today," said Jones, who is hitting just .183 this season. "It just felt good to hit the ball. Today, for me to make contact, it was a good feeling."
"It was nice to put up some runs," said Giles, whose homer bounced off the top of the right field wall and into the stands. "A lot of us all have been pressing offensively. Hopefully, putting (up) six runs and getting timely hits will help us relax."
Myers (1-1) was reached for four runs and six hits in six innings. The righthander, who walked four and struck out seven, saw his ERA escalate from 0.44 to 1.71.
"My body was going to the right," Myers said. "My hands were breaking too late and I wasn't getting a good downhill plane. I got (the mound) dug out about the fourth inning. Then it got better."
Philadelphia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as
ripped a one-out double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on
's sacrifice fly. But Atlanta drew even in the bottom half, when
drew a leadoff walk,
delivered an RBI single.