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Hamels blanks Giants with two-hitter, extends scoreless streak

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels was relaxed, focused and in control. This was the Hamels the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans got used to seeing last postseason.

Hamels pitched a two-hitter, Ryan Howard drove in the only run with a fourth-inning double and the Phillies beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Tuesday night.

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Hamels (8-8) allowed a leadoff double to Ryan Garko in the second inning and a single to pinch-hitter Rich Aurilia to start the ninth. He struck out nine and walked one in his fourth career shutout and second this season. The left-hander extended his scoreless innings streak to 19, tying a career best, and won for the first time since July 28 against Arizona.

"He pitched a heck of a game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He used all his pitches. When he gets going, he keeps it for a while. That's what we're looking for. He looked like the old Cole."

Jonathan Sanchez (6-11) was the hard-luck loser for the Giants. He allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight in six innings.

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The NL East-leading Phillies have won 15 of 20. They entered with a 7½-game lead over Atlanta.

The Giants came in tied with Colorado in the wild-card race.

"We got good pitching. We just got beat," manager Bruce Bochy said.

For much of this season, Hamels hasn't pitched like the guy who was MVP of the NLCS and World Series last October. But he was outstanding in his previous start and dominated San Francisco.

Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings in Philadelphia's 4-1, extra-inning win at Pittsburgh last Wednesday.

He was sharp right from the start of this one, mixing a sharp fastball with his trademark changeup and an effective curve. Hamels retired 24 in a row after Garko's hit.

"I really tried not to stress myself out and go out and not try to be too good," Hamels said. "All I can do is throw strikes and let the team behind me take care of it."

After Aurilia's single, Hamels picked off pinch-runner Andres Torres. He then walked pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval, but struck out pinch-hitter Bengie Molina and retired Edgar Renteria on a foul pop to end it.

The offensively challenged Giants didn't have their top hitter, Sandoval, and cleanup hitter, Molina, in the starting lineup. Sandoval is bothered by a right calf injury that sidelined him for three games in the middle of last week. Molina hasn't started the last seven games because of a tight right quadriceps.

"If you are able to locate and throw strikes, no matter who is in the batter's box, you are going to have success," Hamels said.

Sanchez didn't allow a hit until Shane Victorino led off Philadelphia's fourth with a single to left. Victorino stole second, advanced to third on Chase Utley's groundout and scored when Howard ripped a double down the right-field line.

"The pitch to Howard was a good pitch, but he found a hole," Sanchez said.

Hamels even picked up his first career stolen base in the fifth after failing to execute a sacrifice bunt. He reached on a fielder's choice and then swiped second base without a throw before Jimmy Rollins grounded out to end the inning.

It was the first stolen base by a Phillies pitcher since Curt Schilling had one in 1997.

Hamels gave first-base coach Davey Lopes credit for the steal.

"He said, 'Have you ever slid?"' Hamels said. "I said, 'Yeah,' so he said, 'Go.' I was going to blame it on him if I was out."

Notes

  • The Giants purchased RHP Brad Penny's contract from Triple-A Fresno. Penny, signed on Monday, is expected to start Wednesday night.
  • San Francisco called up pitcher Waldis Joaquin, INF Jesus Guzman and OF John Bowker. Aurilia and Torres were activated from the disabled list.
  • The Phillies called up LHP Jack Taschner. They're expected to add more players in the next week.
  • Utley stole his 20th straight base, dating to last season. He has 17 this year.
  • Phillies RHP Brett Myers pitched a perfect ninth and earned a save in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Myers is trying to return from hip surgery in June.
 
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Cole Hamels has Carlos Ruiz pumped up after he extends his scoreless inning streak to 19. (AP)
Cole Hamels has Carlos Ruiz pumped up after he extends his scoreless inning streak to 19. (AP)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 9
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF3000020 .275
   a- Bengie Molina, PH1000011 .261
Edgar Renteria, SS4000011 .261
Aaron Rowand, CF3000000 .274
Ryan Garko, 1B3010010 .269
Juan Uribe, 2B3000001 .272
Randy Winn, RF3000001 .264
Ryan Rohlinger, 3B3000011 .111
Eli Whiteside, C2000010 .221
   b- Rich Aurilia, PH1010000 .227
    Andres Torres, PR0000000 .247
Jonathan Sanchez, P2000020 .059
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   c- Pablo Sandoval, PH0000100 .333
    Fred Lewis, PR0000000 .271
Totals2802019  
a-struck out for Velez in the 9th
b-singled for Whiteside in the 9th
c-walked for Medders in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Garko (13, Hamels)
CS - Andres Torres (1, 2nd base by Hamels/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
PB - Eli Whiteside (3)
San Francisco Giants
Jonathan Sanchez (L,6-11) 6311380 4.15
Brandon Medders 2200020 3.27
IBB - Werth by Jonathan Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 114-68, Brandon Medders 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 7-3, Brandon Medders 2-2
Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 24, Brandon Medders 8
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4000012 .242
Shane Victorino, CF4110010 .304
Chase Utley, 2B3000101 .302
Ryan Howard, 1B4021021 .275
Jayson Werth, RF3000122 .269
Raul Ibanez, LF2000113 .276
Pedro Feliz, 3B3010011 .276
Carlos Ruiz, C3010011 .243
Cole Hamels, P2000011 .128
Totals28151310  
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard 2 (31, Sanchez, Medders)
SH - Cole Hamels (7)
RBI - Ryan Howard (112)
SB - Shane Victorino (22, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Chase Utley (17, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside), Cole Hamels (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/Whiteside)
Team LOB - 7
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,8-8) 9200190 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 118-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 8-9
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 29
Game Information
Attendance - 44679
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Brian Gorman