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Phillies sweep Braves despite two Gattis homers

PHILADELPHIA -- If Atlanta's Evan Gattis decides to enter a strong-man competition at the end of this season, he's got Cole Hamels' vote.

Hamels tossed eight innings of two-hit ball and made just two mistakes Sunday- - both resulting in long home runs by Gattis. But Hamels was aided by Darin Ruf's tie-breaking home run as the Philadelphia Phillies swept the Atlanta Braves with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

"He swung with everything he had in him. I felt like I was throwing a golf ball out there and he had a driver," Hamels (7-13) said of Gattis. "He's probably going to be in that strongest man competition at the end of the year, and I'm definitely going to vote for him, because he'll win. It was impressive. You're trying to work a couple pitches in just to get ahead and he definitely didn't let me have it."

Gattis turned in his first career multi-home run game for the Braves. He launched a 480-foot solo homer to dead center field in the second inning and tied the game with another long homer to left field in the seventh. He also flew out to the warning track to the deepest part of the park in center field in the fifth.

"I guess if the 50-mile-an-hour winds didn't keep it in play, it definitely would've went off the wall," Hamels said. "Or through it."

Hamels retired the side in order four times, struck out nine and walked just two over eight frames. The Phillies have won the last six games started by the left-hander, although he's been credited with the victory in just three of them.

"He was outstanding," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's about time he got a late-inning run to get the W."

Ruf hit his 13th homer and finished with two hits on the afternoon. Chase Utley also had two base knocks.

"It was a good sign for Darin to go right-center like that," Sandberg said. "He seems to get a lot of pitches away. It's a good sign he stayed on that one, and it was a big moment. That's what he needs to continue to do."

B.J. Rosenberg relieved Hamels and notched his first career save with a perfect ninth.

An Utley double and a Ruf single drove in the Phillies' first two runs in the first inning, but they could have had more. Leadoff hitter Cesar Hernandez, hit by a pitch to open the frame, was picked off, and Kevin Frandsen and Cody Asche each flew out to the warning track. Hernandez was also thrown out trying to go first to third in the fifth inning.

"He's a young player," Sandberg said of Hernandez. "That's part of the growing pains. But he does create a little bit of a spark when he gets on a base, and he's a threat to steal. Young players are going to make mistakes."

Paul Maholm went six innings for the Braves and gave up two runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batsman. The left-hander left seven Phillies on base.

"He gave us a great opportunity to win the game," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We only had two hits. We didn't do much offensively the whole series."

David Carpenter (3-1) gave up Ruf's homer and took the loss.

The Upton brothers, B.J. and Justin, combined to go 0-for-5 Sunday and are hitless in their last 32 at-bats combined.

"They pitched well all three games," B.J. Upton said. "We were in all three games, it just didn't work out. ... We're fine. We'll come back to play tomorrow."

NOTES: Philadelphia has won three of its last four series at home. ... Braves LHP Scott Downs, who left Saturday's game after Utley lined a ball off his right hand, is considered day-to-day with a non-displaced fracture to the tip of his right ring finger. ... Chris Johnson, who entered Sunday's game as the National League's batting leader, went 0-for-3, and his average fell to .330. ... Hamels extended his streak to 72 starts with at least five innings pitched, the longest active streak in the major leagues. ... Phillies RHP Jonathan Papelbon, who blew the save Saturday night but ultimately got the win, has three simultaneous blown save-victories this season, the most by any pitcher in baseball. ... For the Phillies, Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.19) will start Tuesday when San Diego visits Citizens Bank Park to kick off a three-game set. Tyler Cloyd was originally scheduled to pitch. He'll start Wednesday instead. ... The Braves head south to Miami where Kris Medlen (12-12, 3.48) will face the Marlins.