(Reuters) – Cole Hamels set up a combined no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 at Turner Field in Atlanta on Monday. Starter Hamels struck out seven and walked five in six no-hit innings before leaving the game, and the three members of the Phillies bullpen kept the no-hitter intact. It was fun to watch them and create something very special.” On a hot afternoon, Hamels threw 108 pitches before Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched one inning in relief to complete the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. “It seemed like against one guy he (Hamels) couldn’t throw a strike, he’d be all over the place, and then against the next guy, he’d be boom, boom, boom and he’s dotting up on you,” said Atlanta’s Phil Gosselin.

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On Saturday afternoon, Cory Spangenberg couldn’t wait to share the news that he was joining the San Diego Padres in a September promotion. He tweeted, ”cant believe my childhood dream has come true! want to thank my family friends and all the support from the (hash)570!” Problem is, the Padres like to make such announcements. ”We had a discussion about that yesterday,” old-school manager Bud Black said. Spangenberg had a two-run single for his first big league hit and made two nice plays at third base to help Tyson Ross and the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Monday.

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(Adds later games) Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games. – - – Cardinals 9, Cubs 6 In a series mostly marked by Chicago Cubs homers, St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday provided some thunder of his own at a sold-out Busch Stadium. Holliday, whose solo homer in the fourth started the comeback, drilled a 1-2 pitch off reliever Carlos Villanueva (5-7) and past third baseman Luis Valbuena into left field. It scored second baseman Pete Kozma and first baseman Daniel Descalso, giving Holliday nine RBIs in the last two games and 10 for the four-game series.

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Chase Anderson has never pitched deep into September, this being his first year in the major leagues. Anderson held the Colorado Rockies to a run and five hits over six innings on Sunday, helping the Diamondbacks defeat the Colorado Rockies 6-2. ”Arm felt really good from the get-go,” said Anderson, who made his last start a full week before. It was good to have a little more life on the fastball.” Nolan Reimold’s first career pinch-hit homer in the seventh was the decisive hit.

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San Diego Padres manager Bud Black called it an “unexplainable event.” Right fielder Will Venable raced home from second base on a looping single to center field by shortstop Alexi Amarista with one out in the 10th inning Saturday night to give the Padres a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres have played three straight extra-inning games. In fact, the Padres had played three straight extra-inning games only twice before in their history.

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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took the term “defensive shift” to a new level on Friday night, successfully debuting an alignment we can honestly never recall seeing before. With the game tied in the 12th inning, San Diego loaded the bases against Dodgers reliever Kevin Correia with one out, setting the stage for left-handed swinging Seth Smith to be the hero. Because Smith tends to pull the ball , the Dodgers usually put on a standard shift with an extra infielder taking up shop in short right field during his plate appearances. In this case, though, Mattingly decided to tighten things up even more with the winning run 90 feet from home plate. Center fielder Andre Ethier was called in to the infield, which again is not all that unusual. Five man infields are used frequently in game-ending situations such as this one, because even a medium fly ball stands a good chance to score the winning run. It’s a percentage play, with the extra infielder giving the defense a better chance to prevent the run. What was unusual here is how the extra infielder was used and how the defense was ultimately aligned. Now, this is a shift. pic.twitter.com/55I1lXERop — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 30, 2014 That’s four infielders on the same side of the infield, lined up “like a chorus line” as Vin Scully called it on the broadcast. From left to right (or second base to first base): shortstop Miguel Rojas, second baseman Dee Gordon, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and closest to the bag is actually Ethier. Standing all by himself at his third base position is Justin Turner, likely to protect against the bunt. ”I don’t think I’ve ever seen that,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”I’ve seen the five-man, but not the four on one side. It was interesting watching the dynamic from the infielders to the Dodgers’ dugout. Come to the ballpark, you might see something new.” It was unique to say the least, but of utmost importance to Mattingly, it was also effective. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Smith banged a one-hopper to Gordon, who in turn made a one-hop peg to home to catch the lead runner. Had it been a good throw home, it’s likely an inning-ending double play, but for that moment anyway the shift helped keep the game alive . “We’ve used the five-man infield before but never with four guys on one side,” Mattingly said. “With Seth we shift anyway so we just put another guy over there.” Unfortunately, Yasmani Grandal took some of the shine off for Mattingly by following with a clean single through a normal defensive alignment on the right side, which gave the Padres a 3-2 win . But if nothing else, a new defensive alignment may have been born thanks to the Dodgers creative thinking.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Yasmani Grandal felt the odds had tipped in his favor. With the bases-loaded and two out in the bottom of the 12th, the Padres first baseman knew Dodgers starter-turned-reliever Kevin Correia had to throw a strike. “There was a high chance that would be the pitch,” said Grandal, who lined a cutter left over the plate to right to give the Padres their second straight, extra-inning, walk-off win at Petco Park. Yangervis Solarte scored from third on Grandal’s single to give the Padres a 3-2 win over the National League West leaders in the opener of a three-game series.

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Gear up for the stretch run with two-start pitchers and more in our latest weekly fantasy preview.

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Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne summed it up best. ”It was the Rene Rivera Show,” he said. Rivera tied the game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it with an RBI single in the 10th as San Diego beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Wednesday night. ”It was a fastball down the middle,” Rivera said about game-tying homer off Francisco Rodriguez.

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The Colorado Rockies have the opportunity to climb out of last place in the NL West by the time they leave Arizona on Sunday, but sweeping the Diamondbacks seems far-fetched considering their recent troubles at the plate. The Rockies (53-80) began a seven-game road trip with a 3-2 win over San Francisco on Monday despite having six hits. “We didn’t have a lot of opportunities.” The Rockies are playing without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hip surgery), outfielders Carlos Gonzalez (knee) and Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) and catcher Wilin Rosario (wrist).

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