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Hampton stymies Phils for eight innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Mike Hampton pitched eight shutout innings
and rookie Charles Thomas homered twice, leading the Atlanta Braves
to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Hampton (4-8) allowed five hits and struck out five, and walked
two. It was his longest outing since throwing a complete game in a
loss to Arizona on May 18. Hampton beat Philadelphia for the first
time since Sept. 23, 2000, when he was a member of the New York
Mets.

A day after his second blown save of the season, John Smoltz
pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.

Phillies starter Paul Abbott (0-3) went six innings, allowing
five hits and just two runs on solo homers by Thomas and Rafael
Furcal.

Hampton held the Phillies hitless for the first three innings,
then worked out of jams in the next three. He allowed one runner in
the seventh and retired the side in order in the eighth.

Thomas, who singled in his first at-bat and made a diving catch
in the first inning, drove a first-pitch fastball to left-center
for his second homer of the year in the third inning. After Hampton
flied out, Furcal lined his 10th homer into the seats in right to
make it 2-0.

Thomas, who was leading the International League in batting when
he was called up on June 23, got his first career multihomer game
when he crushed a 1-0 pitch off reliever Rheal Cormier to right for
a two-run homer in the seventh.

Furcal hit a pair of three-run homers in Friday's 7-6 loss,
including one that replays showed was clearly foul, but called fair
by umpire Gerry Davis.

When Furcal led off Saturday's game with a foul ball down the
right field line, the crowd let out a mock cheer for first-base
umpire Rob Drake's call.

Davis, the third-base umpire Friday, made another controversial
call in the fifth inning, when he awarded Philadelphia's Doug
Glanville second base after Glanville collided with the Braves'
Adam LaRoche in a rundown. Davis determined that LaRoche obstructed
Glanville's attempt to get back to first.

Glanville advanced to third with two outs, but was stranded
there when Hampton got Jimmy Rollins to ground out.

The Phillies had runners at first and second with one out in the
sixth before Pat Burrell flied out and David Bell popped out to
second.

Game notes
Phillies RF Bobby Abreu stole his team-high 19th base in
the fourth inning. He has been caught only once this year. ...
Atlanta RF J.D. Drew extended his hitting streak to 10 games with
a first-inning single. ... Braves 3B Chipper Jones flied out to
center in his first three at-bats. CF Andruw Jones struck out in
all four plate appearances. ... Thomas' homer off Cormier was the
first by a left-handed hitter off the Phillies reliever since May
17, 2002.