ATLANTA — Ben Sheets, signed to a minor league contract nearly four weeks ago, was sharp. Cole Hamels, who signed a $144 million deal two days ago, had the worst control of his career.
Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Hamels, and Sheets continued his impressive comeback to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 on Friday night.
Sheets (3-0) won his third straight start, allowing one run and six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six innings.
After missing all of last season while recovering from elbow surgery, Sheets signed the minor league deal on July 1 and had his contract purchased by the Braves on July 15.
Asked if the month has been a blur, Sheets said “Man, I’m just riding it, riding the wave.
“I mean, I’m on a very good team and the guys are doing the heavy pulling. I’m just trying to put in a little two cents myself, trying to help us out.”
The Braves trail first-place Washington, which lost to Milwaukee 6-0, by four games in the NL East.