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WASHINGTON -- With their ace on the mound against a last-place team, the Philadelphia Phillies got the kind of victory they need to stay in a pennant race.
Cole Hamels pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings for his 14th win, tying for the NL lead, and a cramp-assisted double play thwarted a comeback Thursday night in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
The victory moved the Phillies, who have won three third straight series, ahead of Atlanta and back into second place in the NL East.
"It was a big game," right fielder Jayson Werth said. "I think our objective the rest of the way is to win every series. We didn't play our best the last three games as far as offense goes. The pitching was there for all three games."
Hamels (14-5) allowed four hits, struck out six, walked two and pitched into the seventh inning for his sixth straight start. He has won five of his last six decisions.
"He couldn't throw his fastball for a strike," said Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who went 0-for-4. "But he's a good pitcher, and good pitchers make good pitches when they need them."
Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run home run in the second, and Ryan Howard and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs had RBI for the Phillies, who took two of three from the Nationals without much offensive punch. Philadelphia scored nine runs and struck out 36 times in the series -- 12 times in each game.
"That is pretty good isn't it?" manager Charlie Manuel said with sarcasm. "We can talk to them, but you have to be careful what you say. I don't want them to be too tight. You have to stay positive and battle through it. Our pitching has been good enough to win, and that is what counts."
Hamels allowed only a double by Ronnie Belliard in the first inning and a single by Austin Kearns in the second before the Nationals chased him in the seventh. Kearns led off with a double, and Nook Logan got on with a two-out bunt single.
But the Phillies nearly blew their 4-0 lead in the eighth. Tom Gordon gave up home runs to Belliard and Dmitri Young and walked Kearns before being replaced by J.C. Romero. Romero allowed a single by Ryan Church, but the inning ended on a double play when right fielder Chris Roberson caught a liner and threw to second to double off Kearns, whose right hamstring had cramped just as he tried to reverse direction to get back to the base.
"I went to go back," Kearns said. "And when I planted, my foot kind of gave out."
Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
Nationals rookie Joel Hanrahan (2-1), making his fourth career start, struck out a career-high eight batters -- including Howard three times -- and allowed only four hits over five innings. But he also walked four, and had thrown nearly as many balls (50) as strikes (51) when he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth.
"With our bullpen, the way they've been used, it's not what we're looking for," Hanrahan said. "I've just got to get quicker outs and stop walking people."
Hanrahan allowed Ruiz's homer following a walk to Werth in the second. Ruiz hit a 1-0 fastball to left center for his fourth home run and his first since May 15 -- a span of 176 at-bats.
|Phillies ace Cole Hamels strikes out six while allowing no runs in 6 2/3 innings for his 14th win. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||2||.288|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.261|
|Pat Burrell, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Chris Roberson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||3||3||.263|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||5||0||0||0||0||3||4||.308|
|Jayson Werth, RF-LF||3||2||1||0||1||0||0||.252|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||2||1||2||2||1||0||0||.260|
|Abraham Nunez, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||1||2||.248|
|Cole Hamels, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.136|
|Antonio Alfonseca, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Tom Gordon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J.C. Romero, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Myers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-doubled for Alfonseca in the 8th|
|2B - Jayson Werth (4, Rivera), Greg Dobbs (17, Rivera)|
|HR - Carlos Ruiz (4, Hanrahan)|
|SH - Carlos Ruiz (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Howard (98), Carlos Ruiz 2 (42), Greg Dobbs (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Greg Dobbs (28)|
|SB - Jimmy Rollins (24, 3rd base off Hanrahan/Flores)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Chris Roberson 1|
|DP - Rollins-Iguchi-Howard, Roberson-Rollins|
|E - Ryan Howard (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Cole Hamels (W,14-5)||6.2||4||0||0||2||6||0||3.50|
|Antonio Alfonseca (H,13)||0.1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.80|
|J.C. Romero (H,11)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.25|
|Brett Myers (S,11)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 101-62, Antonio Alfonseca 15-9, Tom Gordon 14-7, J.C. Romero 8-4, Brett Myers 12-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-6, Brett Myers 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Antonio Alfonseca 2, Tom Gordon 4, J.C. Romero 2, Brett Myers 3|
|Felipe Lopez, SS||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.249|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.282|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.264|
|Dmitri Young, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.332|
|Austin Kearns, RF||2||0||2||0||2||0||0||.250|
|Ryan Langerhans, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.154|
|Ryan Church, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.265|
|Jesus Flores, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.233|
|Nook Logan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.275|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.429|
|a- D'Angelo Jimenez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.170|
|Chris Schroder, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Bacsik Jr., P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.130|
|b- Tony Batista, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.275|
|Saul Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jon Rauch, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Robert Fick, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|a-struck out for Hanrahan in the 5th|
|b-walked for Bacsik in the 7th|
|c-lined out for Rauch in the 9th|
|2B - Ronnie Belliard (23, Hamels), Austin Kearns (25, Hamels)|
|HR - Ronnie Belliard (7, Gordon), Dmitri Young (11, Gordon)|
|RBI - Ronnie Belliard (39), Dmitri Young (63)|
|SB - Austin Kearns (2, 2nd base off Hamels/Ruiz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Joel Hanrahan (L,2-1)||5||4||2||2||4||8||1||2.95|
|Mike Bacsik Jr.||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.73|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joel Hanrahan 101-51, Chris Schroder 30-19, Mike Bacsik Jr. 10-7, Saul Rivera 16-11, Jon Rauch 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Hanrahan 2-5, Mike Bacsik Jr. 1-0, Saul Rivera 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joel Hanrahan 23, Chris Schroder 7, Mike Bacsik Jr. 2, Saul Rivera 5, Jon Rauch 4|
|Attendance - 27308|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Jerry Layne|