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PHI@ATL: Blanton nails down a complete-game shutout

Joe Blanton taught the Braves a lesson on how to pitch efficiently on Thursday. The Phillies right-hander needed just 88 pitches and two hours and two minutes to dispose of Atlanta.

He hopes the Mets are his next pupil.

Blanton held the Braves to three hits in nine scoreless innings as he earned his third win of the season in Philadelphia's 4-0 triumph on Thursday.

"He pitched as well as I've ever seen him," Braves second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We couldn't get anything going."

On Tuesday, Blanton will oppose the Mets' Miguel Batista, the 41-year-old who has made nine of his 10 appearances this season out of the bullpen. Manager Terry Collins said Batista will stay in the rotation for the time being.

"He's going to get a few chances to show us what he can do," Collins said.

In his only start this season, Batista gave up six runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Giants. Overall, he has compiled a 6.92 ERA in 13 innings.

Mets: Collins not using injuries as excuse
• The Mets have already lost outfielder Jason Bay and pitcher Mike Pelfrey to the disabled list. Now shortstop Ruben Tejada has been added to the laundry list of the walking wounded.

Still, Collins refuses to use the injuries as an excuse.

"The 'woe is me' thing can't last very long," Collins said. "Your attention can only linger very shortly on what you immediately face."

Jordany Valdespin, who replaced Tejada on the Mets' roster, contributed a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning to give New York a 5-2 win on Monday. The long ball was Valdespin's first career hit.

Phillies: Hamels gets five-game ban
• Major League Baseball suspended Phillies southpaw Cole Hamels for five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch on Sunday. Hamels admitted to purposefully throwing at the 19-year-old outfielder.

"It's kind of disappointing it even happened," said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "If what he said is true, I'm kind of disappointed. Obviously, that's not what we're about. We're not about trying to injure people, if that's what people are thinking out there."

The suspension shouldn't affect the Phillies' rotation, as Thursday's off-day allows the club to start Roy Halladay on regular rest on Saturday and push Hamels back until Sunday, when he will have finished serving his punishment. Hamels did not appeal the suspension.

Worth noting
• Mets right-hander Chris Young, recovering from right shoulder surgery, is set to make his first Minor League rehab start Thursday for Class A St. Lucie.

• Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo has not allowed a hit in his last five appearances. Comments