Braves pitcher Julio Teheran allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter Wednesday against the Phillies in his first career shutout. (Reuters)
PHILADELPHIA -- Julio Teheran pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout on Wednesday night as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0.
Teheran, who retired the first 12 hitters he faced, allowed an infield single by first baseman Ryan Howard in the fifth, a two-out single by catcher Carlos Ruiz in the eighth and a two-out single by shortstop Jimmy Rollins in the ninth.
The second-year right-hander, now 2-1, struck out four and did not walk a batter. He threw 115 pitches, including 75 for strikes.
Evan Gattis went 4-for-4 with a solo homer for the Braves (10-4), who have won five straight. It was the first career four-hit game for the catcher.
Left-hander Cliff Lee (2-2) was a complete-game loser for Philadelphia, allowing 11 hits while striking out 13 and walking one. It was the 29th double-digit strikeout game of his career and his 21st as a Phillie. Lee threw 128 pitches, including 85 for strikes.
Howard, leading off the fifth against Teheran, broke up the perfect game when he hit a slow roller to the right of the infield. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, playing the left-handed-hitting slugger that way as part of Atlanta's shift, fielded the ball and made a glove-hand flip to first baseman Freddie Freeman but was unable to retire the lumbering Howard.
Howard later advanced to second, the only Phillies baserunner to make it into scoring position. Teheran retired the next 11 hitters before Ruiz's hit in the eighth.
Rollins stole second after his hit in the ninth, but second baseman Chase Utley grounded out to second to end the game.
Gattis, leading off the fourth, homered on an 0-2 pitch from Lee to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. It was the fourth homer of the year for Gattis and his third in two games against Philadelphia.
NOTES: Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock said before the game it is a "distinct possibility" that LHP Cole Hamels, recovering from shoulder tendinitis, will make his first start of the season next week in Los Angeles. Hamels will make a rehab start on Thursday for Class A Clearwater. ... Proefrock said OF-1B Darin Ruf (oblique) has resumed baseball activities and likely will begin a rehab assignment next week. RHP Ethan Martin (shoulder) has been throwing bullpen sessions and could also begin a rehab assignment soon. ... Proefrock said RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) is "close to getting on a mound." ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Braves' five home runs in the last four innings of Monday's 9-6 victory over the Phillies tied the major league record for homers after a team had been held scoreless through the first five innings.