Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and three relievers combined for a no-hitter Monday in a 7-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves. It is the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season and 12th in Phillies history.
It is also the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history. Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to complete the no-no.
Hamels won his eighth game but battled control problems and could only last six innings. He matched a season high with five walks and threw 108 pitches.
“Just understanding the situation, every time I went out there I was battling control issues,” Hamels said. “I wasn’t getting ahead of guys. Walking the leadoff hitter will put you in a lot of trouble, and it does. It builds up your pitch count.”
The last combined no-hitter in the majors came in 2012 with starter Kevin Millwood and five Seattle Mariners relievers blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers.