ATLANTA (AP) — Kyle Kendrick allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings, Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in two runs, and the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the struggling Atlanta Braves 4-0 on Tuesday night.

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The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn’t the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies’ starter. Hamels and three Phillies relievers combined on the season’s fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Monday and giving a last-place team a rare reason to rejoice. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history. ”It’s a little more dramatic to be able to see that you’re trying to play the cards as best you can against the lineup.” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg knew Hamels was tired and ready to come out of the game.

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Starter Cole Hamels and his Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen tossed a combined no-hitter with a 7-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves on Monday. The left-handed Hamels struck out seven batters in six innings before the bullpen took over for the first combined no-hitter in the Major League Baseball team’s history. Philadelphia ace Hamels had five walks and a high pitch count, forcing manager Ryne Sandberg to remove him for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon preserved the no-hitter, each throwing a solid inning out of the bullpen.

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals meet in this year’s playoffs, the addition of Roberto Hernandez may give Los Angeles an edge. The veteran right-hander has beaten the Nationals twice without allowing an earned run and will face them again Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The Nationals (77-58) own the NL’s best record and are atop the East while the West-leading Dodgers (77-60) are one game behind them in the race for the top seed entering this three-game set. Exactly one month ago, Hernandez (8-9, 3.81 ERA) limited Washington to one unearned run over eight innings to earn a 2-1 victory in his final start with Philadelphia.

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Mets starter Dillon Gee called it the hottest game he’s pitched in all year. Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and the Mets held off Philadelphia 6-5 Sunday to avoid dropping into last place. ”Anytime you get a chance to play, you just want to contribute,” Recker said. ”We’ve got a few guys on the bench that haven’t been seeing a lot of time, so when we get our chance we really want to be able to do our part.” Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on.

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The Seattle Mariners broke their fans’ hearts with a season-ending sweep of the Oakland A’s in 2008, effectively ending the team’s chances of earning the No. 1 pick in the upcoming major league draft. An otherwise miserable season ended with a rare sweep, knocking Seattle out of the running to select San Diego State pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg. On Saturday night, the Mariners finally got an up-close look at Strasburg, who broke the fans’ hearts again at Safeco Field. Strasburg and the Washington Nationals continued their resurgence with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

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Right-hander Jerome Williams continued his renaissance with Philadelphia by carrying a one-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday night and the Phillies busted out for five runs in the sixth inning of a 7-2 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Phillies (62-73) have won seven of their last 10 to move within a half-game of the Mets (63-73) for fourth place in the National League East. The Phillies were last in fourth place on June 27, the same day the Mets were last in last place. The Mets have lost eight of 12.

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A big season in the minors put Dilson Herrera on deck as Daniel Murphy’s potential replacement at second base someday. After a rapid rise through the New York Mets’ system, Herrera arrived at Citi Field on Friday and went 0 for 3 with an error in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. He was called up Thursday night from Double-A Binghamton when Murphy went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with a strained right calf. It’s a temporary stopgap for now, but the 20-year-old Herrera could be New York’s second baseman of the future.

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Jacob deGrom pitched seven crisp innings and the Mets scored the tiebreaking runs when left fielder Grady Sizemore dropped an easy pop fly, handing New York a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Eric Campbell stole home on a double steal, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single to help the Mets stay out of the NL East cellar with their 12th victory in 17 games against Philadelphia this year. Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for the Phillies, who had won four straight and six of seven. A victory in the series opener would have pushed last-place Philadelphia past New York, but Sizemore’s two-out error with the bases loaded in the seventh cost them.

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The Kansas City Royals added Jayson Nix into the mix on Thursday as they acquired the veteran journeyman infielder off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nix, who will likely join the club Saturday, hit .133 with one home run and three RBIs in 34 games this season with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pirates. He also hit .272 in 55 games with Durham, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple-A affiliate. “We really love the job that Christian Colon has done, but going into September, we felt we needed another infielder for depth.

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