Call it June 31st: Braves 11, Phillies 1

Not much to see here. Cole Hamels struggled to keep his composure early, allowing a third-inning bloop single to opposing pitcher Jair Jurrjens and some close calls that went against him from home plate ump C.B. Bucknor to spiral into a three-run frame that put the Phils in a 3-0 hole. After the team got one run back in the fourth inning on a Jayson Werth walk, a two-base error on a Jurrjens pickoff attempt and a Greg Dobbs sacrifice fly, Hamels totally fell apart in the fifth: a walk to Gregor Blanco, a single to Martin Prado, a two run double by Larry Jones Jr., a run-scoring single by Brian McCann, and Cole's night came to an early and ignominious end with the Phillies trailing 6-1. Reliever Tyler Walker surrendered two home runs and three more runs in all before escaping the inning. 

After that, the only drama was how close Jurrjens would come to no-hitting the Phillies. He was seven outs away when Paul Bako singled to end the bid; Shane Victorino later added another single. That was it for the Phillies offense on the evening. The Braves later added two more runs off reliever Jack "Why Am I Still on the Roster?" Taschner.

With the Mets and Marlins also winning earlier, the Phillies' lead in the NL East is now just a half-game, and they could be a bad weekend away from fourth place. Most immediately, J.A. Happ will try to avoid a sweep in Atlanta tomorrow night against Braves starter Javier Vazquez.   

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