There were no Wild West glares or purpose pitches, no proclamations about old-school baseball or welcoming a teenager to the major leagues. Wednesday night, just as the Washington Nationals had taken full control of their rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels struck back with his pitching, and only his pitching.

In his first meeting with the Nationals since he admitted to hitting Bryce Harper on purpose, Hamels lifted the Phillies to a 4-1 victory and prevented a Nationals sweep at Citizens Bank Park with eight scoreless innings. Hamels carried a no-hitter into the sixth, struck out eight and threw 114 pitches, besting Edwin Jackson's seven strong innings with help from a crucial play at the plate.