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Hamels goes 8 strong, Phillies beat Braves

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Cole Hamels had another outstanding outing, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of an error by Jason Heyward to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Monday night, increasing their lead in the NL East to four games.

The two-time NL champion Phillies won their eighth straight game and improved to 42-15 since July 21, when they trailed the Braves by seven games.

Hamels (12-10) allowed one run and six hits, striking out six in eight innings to win his fifth straight start - a career-best. Brad Lidge finished for his 24th save in 29 chances.

Brandon Beachy (0-1) gave up three runs - one earned - and four hits in 4 1-3 innings in his major league debut. He was a late fill-in for Jair Jurrjens, who is still nursing a sore right knee.

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