Philadelphia at Arizona

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Philadelphia (58-40) «001020100471
Arizona (43-58)100000002352

Phillies 4, Diamondbacks 3

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PHOENIX -- Cole Hamels gave up a home run to the second man he faced -- Ryan Roberts, who has three career homers.

"It was just kind of something unexpected," Hamels said.

Hamels shook it off and dominated, allowing one run in eight innings as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Shane Victorino hit a solo homer, his eighth, and added an RBI double and a single as the NL East leaders improved to a majors-best 19-5 in July.

The Phillies had to survive a shaky ninth inning by Brad Lidge, who picked up his 20th save in 26 opportunities.

Lidge gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds, who hit a 2-1 delivery into an upper-deck restaurant in left field to slice Philadelphia's lead to 4-3. Lidge retired the next three men to nail down the victory.

But on this night the story was Hamels. He looked as sharp as he did last autumn, when he was named MVP of the World Series and the NL championship series.

Hamels gave up four hits, walked none and struck out nine. He won back-to-back starts for the first time since June 4.

"Hamels is getting there," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's real close."

Asked what he's looking for from Hamels, Manuel smiled and said, "I'm looking for him to throw shutouts and no-hitters."

Hamels outpitched Arizona ace Dan Haren (10-6), who entered with an NL-low 2.14 ERA. Haren lost for only the second time since May 12.

"Going up against Haren, you know he's not going to allow too many runs," Hamels said.

After Roberts' shot into the pool area in right-center field gave Arizona a 1-0 lead, Hamels found his groove and began mowing down the Diamondbacks.

Hamels allowed back-to-back singles in the third, then retired 17 of 19 batters -- and one reached on an error.

"From the very first hitter, I knew I was able to locate," Hamels said. "I knew I was definitely going to be able to feel it today and just go out there and try to pitch my own game."

Hamels (7-5) also doubled in the fifth and came around to score Philadelphia's second run.

Facing one of baseball's most potent lineups, Haren went five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, and four hits. He walked three and struck out five.

"I don't know what was harder -- that [Phillies lineup] or the All-Star team lineup," Haren said.

Haren was perhaps the most dominant pitcher in the NL in the first half of the season. But he has typically slumped in the second half, and he's off to a slow start since appearing in his third All-Star Game.

Haren has a career post-All Star break ERA of 4.10 - more than a run higher than his 3.08 ERA in the first half of the season.

Haren has lasted only five innings in each of his first two starts since the break -- his two shortest outings.

Fouling off pitch after pitch, the Phillies made Haren work.

"They put together a pretty good game plan against Dan," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said. "They were going to wait him out."

The Phils tied it at 1-1 in the third when Victorino hit a 1-2 pitch from Haren deep into the right field seats.

Philadelphia made it 3-1 in the fifth, taking advantage of another Arizona meltdown in the field.

Shortstop Stephen Drew booted a grounder, and then first baseman Chad Tracy threw a ball over the catcher's head to allow a run to score.

Arizona has 85 errors, second in the majors.

"I've said this time and again -- if we don't execute, we're going to have these peaks and valleys," Hinch said.

Notes

Reynolds has hit in 12 straight games. ... Philadelphia has won the first two games of the series despite going 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position. ... Phillies LHP J.A. Happ, who has been the subject of trade rumors, will start the series finale on Wednesday night. He's 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA. ... Arizona activated C Chris Snyder, who has been out since June 23 with a lower back strain. Snyder was the Diamondbacks' opening day catcher, but he'll back up Miguel Montero for now. ... Phils 2B Chase Utley was hit by a pitch for the 15th time, most in the NL.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

S. Victorino
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 9
 

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Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110011 .236
Shane Victorino, CF5232010 .319
Chase Utley, 2B2010200 .305
Ryan Howard, 1B5010036 .266
Raul Ibanez, LF3000214 .305
    John Mayberry Jr., LF0000000 .189
Jayson Werth, RF5001015 .266
Pedro Feliz, 3B3000102 .295
Carlos Ruiz, C4000001 .230
Cole Hamels, P4110021 .147
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals3647359  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (27, Haren), Cole Hamels (3, Haren)
HR - Shane Victorino (8, Haren)
RBI - Shane Victorino 2 (48), Jayson Werth (63)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (25)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (18, 2nd base off Haren/Montero), Shane Victorino (17, 3rd base off Schoeneweis/Montero), Chase Utley 2 (11, 2nd base off Haren/Montero, 2nd base off Schoeneweis/Montero)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Ryan Howard (7, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,7-5) 8411091 4.42
Brad Lidge (S,20) 1122101 7.11
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 112-79, Brad Lidge 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 9-7, Brad Lidge 1-2
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 29, Brad Lidge 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4010010 .278
Ryan Roberts, 2B4111023 .270
Justin Upton, RF3110102 .296
Mark Reynolds, 3B4112022 .278
Miguel Montero, C4000002 .285
Chris Young, CF4000020 .202
Gerardo Parra, LF4000000 .270
Chad Tracy, 1B3000010 .229
Dan Haren, P2010000 .261
    Clay Zavada, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Snyder, PH1000010 .222
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3335319  
a-struck out for Gutierrez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ryan Roberts (2, Hamels), Mark Reynolds (28, Lidge)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (8), Mark Reynolds 2 (68)
SB - Justin Upton (14, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Stephen Drew (6, Misplayed grounder), Chad Tracy (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (L,10-6) 5432351 2.19
Clay Zavada 1000100 1.98
Scott Schoeneweis 0.1111110 7.13
Juan Gutierrez 1.2000020 4.47
Chad Qualls 1200010 3.46
IBB - Ibanez by Dan Haren
HBP - Utley (by Scott Schoeneweis)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 117-74, Clay Zavada 13-5, Scott Schoeneweis 16-9, Juan Gutierrez 12-12, Chad Qualls 28-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 5-7, Juan Gutierrez 2-1, Chad Qualls 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Clay Zavada 4, Scott Schoeneweis 4, Juan Gutierrez 5, Chad Qualls 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25044
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Bill Miller