"It's just being able to go out and not let the little things get to you," Hamels said.
Before, they did. Various cross-sections tell the story of Hamels' improved performance. He has a 1.98 ERA since July 1 and a 2.67 mark since the start of June. Then again, Hamels has not been overly ineffective at any point in 2013.
Erase Hamels' first two starts in April - against Atlanta and Kansas City - and his ERA is 3.15. That figure ranks 28th among all major-league starters since April 8.
The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 11 of Hamels' 25 starts. Those account for seven of his losses.
"I look at him as still a good pitcher," manager Charlie Manuel said. "A big-time starter."
After Hamels won, Carlos Ruiz presented Manuel with a base signed by the entire team to commemorate his 1,000th victory. They made a toast to 1,000 more.
"It's definitely quite an achievement," Manuel said. "Like I told my players, they're the ones that make it happen. . . . Everything I achieve, accolades or something in baseball, it's hard for me to stand there and say I accept all of my accolades because the other people are definitely achieving those for you."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Manuel owns the 19th-best winning percentage (.548) all-time among managers with at least 10 seasons.
Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will undergo lasik eye surgery. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Uggla leads the National League in strikeouts and was hitting .186. . . . Casper Wells started his first game for the Phillies, in center field, since being claimed off waivers. . . . The Phillies will face Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in consecutive games this weekend when the Los Angeles Dodgers visit Citizens Bank Park. Kershaw has a 1.88 ERA.