PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Rookie
's first major league win gave the
a major boost in the race for the wild card.
Brito took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and left after six dominant frames as the Phillies posted a 4-1 win over the
Brito's effort left Philadelphia with a one-game deficit behind Florida in the National League wild card chase.
"We're in a (playoff) race right now," Brito said. "I wasn't thinking about throwing a no-hitter. I was thinking pitch-by-pitch."
"Sometimes it's good just to be thrown in the mix," Phillies closer
said. "(Brito) went out there and did a great job. He shut a very good hitting team down. He's definitely earned the right to go out there and pitch."
A 27-year-old lefthander, Brito (1-0) shined in his third career start, yielding just three hits and striking out a season-high seven without a walk. He retired the first 11 before walking
with two outs in the fourth.
"I wasn't thinking about (this being) my third start," Brito said. "I just got my mind ready to go. They gave me the ball because they believe in me."
got the first hit off Brito with a two-out single in the fifth, but the Phillies' rookie got Jones to ground into a double play to end the sixth and preserve the shutout. Jones left the game in the seventh with a strained left quadricep.
"I wasn't afraid of going after them," Brito said. "I was looking for a ground ball."
"He kept his cool," Philadelphia manager
said. "He faced some big hitters and did his job."
Brito also contributed offensively by singling to start the third. After the bases were loaded with two outs,
took advantage of an overshift in the infield to send a slow grounder into center field for a two-run single to open the scoring.
"Burrell's ball was a dribbler up the middle," Braves manager
said. "But it went through and it counts."
Philadelphia added a pair in the fifth against Atlanta starter
led off with a single to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games and promptly stole second base.
had a bunt single and
was hit by a pitch,
hit a grounder that second baseman
booted, allowing Rollins to score to make it 3-0. Lofton later scored on
's groundout to cap the frame.
"I knew I needed to get the bunt down, get Jimmy (Rollins) to third base," Lofton said.
Braves pinch hitter
broke up the shutout bid with a solo homer off reliever
in the eighth, but it was not nearly enough.
Wagner got the last three outs for his 33rd save in 36 chances as the Phillies won for the third time in four games following a five-game slide.
"There's nothing else we can do but go out and play the
tomorrow," Wagner said.
Hudson had a personal four-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in three starts against Philadelphia this year. He gave up four runs - three earned - and seven hits in six innings.
"I didn't pitch good enough," Hudson said. "We didn't hit good enough. That young guy (Brito) over there did a great job."
Rollins' 18-game streak is the longest by a Phillie since
hit in 18 straight in 1998.