Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels will look to continue his strong June against the Braves at Turner Field on Monday night.
Hamels has gone at least seven innings and thrown more than 115 pitches while allowing no more than one earned run in each of his three starts this month, lowering his ERA from 4.43 to 3.07 in the process.
On June 6, Hamels allowed five hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in an 8-0 victory over the Reds to claim his second win of the season.
Five days later, he surrendered five hits over eight scoreless innings while striking out 11 batters at home against the Padres. The Phillies pulled the game out on a walk-off three-run home run from third baseman Reid Brignac, but Hamels did not earn the win despite the dominant performance.
In his past seven outings, Hamels has compiled a 1.78 ERA, but the Phillies are just 3-4 in those starts.
"I just want them to know they can count on me to go out there and give them something to play behind," Hamels said Wednesday.
Hamels will take on Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, who sports a 6-4 record and a 2.41 ERA. Teheran won four consecutive starts from May 20 to June 6, but struggled his last time out against the Rockies, surrendering seven earned runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings in an 8-2 loss at Coors Field.
During his outing against the Rockies, Teheran's ERA ballooned from a Major League-leading 1.89 to 2.41.
"I'm excited," Teheran said. "I'm ready to go out there. I've been working on the same things. I'll just go out there and forget about that game in Colorado. I know it wasn't my best game. I'm just trying to be better this time."
Phillies: Rollins continues hit streak
On Saturday afternoon against the Cubs, shortstop Jimmy Rollins made history by registering the 2,235th hit of his career, breaking Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt's franchise record total of 2,234.
Amid his recent quest for history, though, Rollins has strung together an impressive streak, hitting safely in each of his past 10 games dating back to June 5, including Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Cubs in the series finale.
Rollins has gotten hits in 12 of 13 games this month, but hasn't compiled a multihit game and is batting .235 in June.
Braves: Kimbrel bounces back
Braves closer Craig Kimbrel bounced back from Saturday's shaky outing to record his 20th save of the year during Sunday's 7-3 win over the Angels.
Kimbrel relieved David Carpenter with two men on base in the ninth on Sunday and promptly ended the game with strikeouts of Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick. Kimbrel threw 10 pitches, eight of which were strikes.
On Saturday, Kimbrel entered a tied game in the 10th inning but gave up a run to the Angels, just the eighth run he has given up all season. The two Angels hits were the most Kimbrel had allowed since May 9, when he blew a save against the Cubs.
• Hamels is 14-8 lifetime against Atlanta. In 31 appearances, including 30 starts, he has a 3.54 ERA.
• On Monday, the Phillies begin a stretch of 32 out of 35 games in which they play teams at or above .500. The run includes matchups with National League East rivals Atlanta, Miami and Washington.
"It's still one game at a time," Phillies second baseman Chase Utley said. "I have confidence that we'll get it together, because we have guys in this room that want to get better."
• The Braves are 25-12 when they hit a home run but 10-20 when they do not.
• Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-4 game Sunday.