The same reason the Braves have been good for the last month or so is the same reason they've been so good lately against the Phillies – strong starting pitching.
They'd won seven in a row against the Phillies – their longest streak since shortly after the Olympics left Atlanta in 1996 – by getting seven wins from their starting pitchers. But Mike Minor couldn't keep pace with what the Phillies had going in that department Tuesday night.
Cole Hamels pitched a complete-game shutout, which made Mike Minor's three-run first inning loom large in a 3-0 loss.
"When you let (Hamels) get that far out in front of you, it puts a lot of pressure on the offense to try to string things together because he doesn't give up a lot of homers," said Chipper Jones, who had one of the five hits – all singles – off Hamels. "And tonight he didn't give up too many singles either."
The Braves dropped to 8-3 against the Phillies this season and lost for only the third time in their past 14 games.
Minor pitched six shutout innings after the first for a quality start but took only his second loss in seven starts since June 24. He has quality starts in five of his past six starts and the only exception was his last time out when a rain delay limited him to 3 2/3 innings.
Streak against Phillies ends in shutout loss
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 8