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Hamels pitches eight strong innings, leads Phillies past Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Cole Hamels knew if he was patient, the wins would come. He never figured it would take this long.

Hamels pitched eight sharp innings to snap a seven-start winless drought, Pat Burrell hit a go-ahead homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Sunday night.

Hamels (10-8) limited the Padres to one run on seven hits as he won for the first time since a 4-1 victory at Atlanta on July 3 and helped the Phillies stay two games back of the Mets in the NL East. The Mets were 4-0 winners at Pittsburgh.

"Every one of us on the starting staff tries to put up good innings and quality starts and hope for the best," Hamels said. "We have been able to do that but, unfortunately, it hasn't gone my way. That's baseball."

Hamels stayed in control of San Diego by throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count. The left-hander didn't worry about Philadelphia's recent offensive struggles.

"I think when you really try to be extra fine, you get yourself in trouble," he said. "That's when you put too much pressure on yourself. That's something that I learned over the past month."

Although the Phillies scored three runs or less for Hamels for the sixth time in his last eight starts, Burrell came through again with a big home run.

Burrell hit his 29th homer of the season, a solo shot with an out in the sixth that proved to be the difference. He also homered on Friday night in the Phillies' 1-0 win over San Diego.

"This team will hit because we've all done it before," Burrell said. "But until we pick it up, we'll have to make sure we are at least getting the clutch hits."

Philadelphia has hit just .197 with seven homers and 32 runs scored in its last 11 games.

"It's nice to win two of three especially when you score six runs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We battled, it was a standoff."

Hamels was 0-3 with a 3.61 ERA during his career-high winless skid despite solid outings. Hamels has allowed two or less runs in seven of his last nine starts and 10 of 14.

"He was due to win one because he's pitched some real good ballgames," Manuel said. "This guy has had some tough luck in getting some decisions, getting some wins. He's pitched much better than his record."

Brad Lidge struck out the side in the ninth -- and gave up a walk -- to pick up his 30th save in 30 chances. Lidge has 33 consecutive saves dating to last season.

San Diego lost its ninth consecutive home series since winning two of three against the Los Angeles Dodgers, June 10-12. Since then, the Padres have dropped 20 of 27 at home.

Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies going in the first inning with a single off Cha Seung Baek (4-7). He stole second and continued to third on catcher Luke Carlin's throwing error. Jason Werth followed with a sacrifice fly.

Burrell then homered off Baek to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead in the sixth. The RBI tied him with Greg Luzinski (811) for eighth place on the Phillies' all-time list.

"It was supposed to be a slider away but it was up," Baek said. "It should have been down."

The Padres strung together consecutive one-out singles by Kevin Kouzmanoff, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley to cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth.

"(Hamels) was throwing three pitches for strikes," Headley said. "I looked up one time and he was throwing three strikes for every one ball."

Hamels threw 97 pitches, 73 for strikes.

Baek allowed two runs -- one earned -- on four hits over six innings. He dropped to 0-7 at home with a 5.86 ERA in eight starts.

Notes

  • San Diego is 14-30 against left-handers, 6-15 at home.
  • Hamels hit Gonzalez with a pitch, his first this season.
  • The Phillies are 55-0 when leading after the eighth inning. Philadelphia is one of five big league teams who are undefeated with a lead heading into the ninth inning.
  • Padres' first-round draft pick Allan Dykstra took batting practice. Dykstra, who signed his contract on Friday, was a freshman when Hamels was a senior at the same San Diego area high school, although they were not teammates on the varsity team.
 
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Carlos Ruiz greets Brad Lidge after Lidge strikes out the side to lock up his 30th save.  (AP)
Carlos Ruiz greets Brad Lidge after Lidge strikes out the side to lock up his 30th save. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110001 .266
Jayson Werth, RF-LF3011011 .264
Chase Utley, 2B2000111 .284
Ryan Howard, 1B3000132 .232
Pat Burrell, LF3121101 .266
    Geoff Jenkins, RF0000000 .241
Shane Victorino, CF4000003 .282
Greg Dobbs, 3B4000021 .301
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4010011 .220
Cole Hamels, P3010000 .283
   a- Eric Bruntlett, PH-3B1000001 .215
Totals3126238  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Hamels in the 9th
Batting
HR - Pat Burrell (29, Baek)
SF - Jayson Werth (2)
RBI - Jayson Werth (44), Pat Burrell (70)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (31, 3rd base off Baek/Carlin)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,10-8) 8711030 3.22
Brad Lidge (S,30) 1000130 2.10
HBP - Gonzalez (by Cole Hamels)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 97-73, Brad Lidge 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 11-9
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 31, Brad Lidge 4
San Diego Padres
Scott Hairston, CF4000012 .256
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
Brian Giles, RF4000011 .290
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4110000 .279
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3020000 .277
Chase Headley, LF4011022 .263
Edgar Gonzalez, 2B4000014 .277
Luis Rodriguez, SS3000001 .220
   a- Brian Myrow, PH0000100 .111
    Sean Kazmar, PR0000000 .200
Luke Carlin, C4010011 .154
Cha Seung Baek, P2010000 .200
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   b- Jody Gerut, PH-CF1010000 .296
Totals3317116  
a-walked for Rodriguez in the 9th
b-singled for Adams in the 7th
Batting
RBI - Chase Headley (21)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (3)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ed. Gonzalez-Rodriguez-Gonzalez
PB - Luke Carlin (3)
E - Luke Carlin (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Cha Seung Baek (L,4-8) 6421251 4.99
Mike Adams 1100010 2.08
Wil Ledezma 0.1000110 4.44
Brian Falkenborg 1.2100010 5.02
HBP - Utley (by Cha Seung Baek)
WP - Cha Seung Baek (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Cha Seung Baek 105-68, Mike Adams 18-11, Wil Ledezma 7-3, Brian Falkenborg 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 5-8, Mike Adams 1-1, Brian Falkenborg 3-0
Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 25, Mike Adams 4, Wil Ledezma 2, Brian Falkenborg 5
Game Information
Attendance - 34756
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora