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|Philadelphia (34-31) «||3||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||x||7||9||0|
PHILADELPHIA -- A couple of early long balls didn't rattle Cole Hamels.
Hamels (9-2) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, Utley was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and the Phillies moved a season-best three games above .500 (34-31) with their sixth win in eight games.
"I'm starting to control my frustration," Hamels said. "It's part of having veterans around to help me learn and control it and it's me getting experience."
A former first-round draft pick, Hamels has emerged into the staff ace in just his second season. The left-hander struck out eight -- one in each inning -- and walked one. He also leads the league in strikeouts (104) and homers allowed (16).
After Konerko and Dye connected with two outs in the first, Hamels settled in nicely without having his best stuff. The Phillies answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and never trailed.
"I've seen him sharper, but he did a good job," manager Charlie Manuel said of Hamels.
White Sox starter Jose Contreras (4-7) allowed seven runs -- five earned -- and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since lasting one inning against Cleveland on opening day.
"I felt good, but didn't think I had any pop on my fastball," Contreras said through an interpreter.
Contreras ran into trouble when he hit Aaron Rowand to load the bases with two outs in the first. Contreras walked Pat Burrell on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run and Greg Dobbs followed with a two-run single to right field to make it 3-2.
Second baseman Tadahito Iguchi's fielding error on Shane Victorino's grounder with two outs kept the second inning going. Utley followed with a two-run drive off the facing of the second deck in right field for his 12th homer.
"When you face a pitcher like that, you've got to hold the other team," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The kid is legit. He's the best pitcher we've faced from the National League so far."
Utley chased Contreras with a two-run single in the fourth that gave the Phillies a 7-2 lead. He was tied with Houston's Carlos Lee for the NL lead in RBI at 52.
"A lot of credit for RBI has to go for guys being on base," Utley said.
Utley made a spectacular defensive play at second base to rob Dye in the fourth inning. He made a diving, backhanded catch on a hard, one-hopper up the middle and threw from his knees to retire Dye.
Since a terrible 4-11 start, the Phillies are 30-20. They entered just four games behind the New York Mets in the NL East after trailing the division leaders by 8½ games on June 2.
|Chase Utley goes 3-for-3, including a homer, and drives in four runs to help the Phillies win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.251|
|Andy Gonzalez, LF-3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.214|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.244|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.221|
|Juan Uribe, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.213|
|Luis Terrero, CF||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.273|
|Josh Fields, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.130|
|Nick Masset, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jerry Owens, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Toby Hall, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.174|
|Jose Contreras, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Alex Cintron, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.194|
|Bret Prinz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Masset in the 7th|
|2B - Jermaine Dye (10, Hamels)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (10, Hamels), Jermaine Dye (11, Hamels), Luis Terrero (5, Geary)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (31), Jermaine Dye (31), Luis Terrero (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Paul Konerko (11), Jermaine Dye (17)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Fields-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Cintron-Konerko|
|PB - Toby Hall (2)|
|E - Tadahito Iguchi (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (L,4-7)||3.1||7||7||5||2||1||1||4.64|
|IBB - Howard by Nick Masset|
|HBP - Rowand (by Jose Contreras), Rowand (by Jose Contreras)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 82-47, Nick Masset 45-28, Bret Prinz 16-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 4-5, Nick Masset 3-2, Bret Prinz 1-5|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 21, Nick Masset 10, Bret Prinz 6|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.282|
|Shane Victorino, RF||4||2||1||0||0||0||2||.269|
|Chase Utley, 2B||3||2||3||4||1||0||0||.310|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.241|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.317|
|Pat Burrell, LF||2||0||0||1||2||0||1||.222|
|Michael Bourn, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||4||0||2||2||0||0||1||.284|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Rod Barajas, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.222|
|Cole Hamels, P||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.200|
|a- Jayson Werth, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Geoff Geary, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Hamels in the 8th|
|2B - Jimmy Rollins (16, Contreras), Rod Barajas (6, Masset)|
|HR - Chase Utley (12, Contreras)|
|RBI - Chase Utley 4 (52), Pat Burrell (29), Greg Dobbs 2 (27)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 2 (19), Pat Burrell (9), Greg Dobbs 2 (15)|
|SB - Shane Victorino (19, 2nd base off Contreras/Hall)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Howard|
|Cole Hamels (W,9-2)||8||6||2||2||1||8||2||3.47|
|HBP - Terrero (by Cole Hamels)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 108-74, Geoff Geary 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 6-9, Geoff Geary 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 31, Geoff Geary 4|
|Attendance - 34529|
|Game Time - 2:32|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mike Everitt|