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Padres' Gonzalez hits two homers, ends Hamels' no-hit bid

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PHILADELPHIA -- The way the Philadelphia Phillies are hitting, their pitchers need to be perfect or close to it.

Adrian Gonzalez's first of two solo homers broke up Cole Hamels' bid for a no-hitter with one out in the seventh, Wade LeBlanc pitched seven impressive innings and the San Diego Padres beat the struggling Phillies 3-1 on Monday night.

Hamels (5-5) gave up three hits and two runs in eight innings, losing his third straight start. He was trying to become the second Phillie to throw a no-hitter in less than two weeks. Roy Halladay tossed the 20th perfect game in major league history against Florida on May 29.

"My job is to throw quality pitches, go as deep as I can and give us an opportunity," Hamels said. "Eventually, it'll pay off."

LeBlanc (3-4) allowed four hits and walked one. The lefty retired the last 14 batters he faced and snapped a four-game losing streak. Luke Gregerson threw a perfect eighth and Heath Bell finished for his 16th save in 19 chances.

"In a ballpark like this, you can't get behind hitters," LeBlanc said. "I was just trying to stay aggressive and put the hitters on the offensive."

Gonzalez lined an opposite-field shot into the flower bed just over the left-field wall to snap a scoreless tie. Scott Hairston connected three pitches later for a 2-0 lead.

Gonzalez drove one into nearly the same spot off Danys Baez in the ninth.

"He was Hamels, just made a couple mistakes and we hit the balls out," Gonzalez said. "He only made two bad pitches."

Ryan Howard hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth, but Bell struck out Jayson Werth to end it. Bell fanned Werth with runners on first and third to preserve San Diego's 6-5 win in 10 innings on Sunday.

The two-time NL champion Phillies are 4-11 since Hamels beat Boston on May 21. Despite a star-studded lineup that's missing Jimmy Rollins, they have scored only 29 runs and been shut out five times in those 15 games.

"I don't know what to say," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I want us to come out, have fun, hit some balls and score. We're having a tough time. I've never seen a team go games like this and not score runs."

The NL West-leading Padres won the last two to split a four-game series, improving to 16-11 on the road.

Before Gonzalez and Hairston went deep back-to-back, the Padres didn't even have any hard outs against Hamels. The closest they came to a hit were infield grounders.

Third baseman Placido Polanco charged in and threw out Chase Headley on a broken-bat tapper leading off the fifth. Chris Denorfia and Jerry Hairston Jr. were barely retired on slow rollers to shortstop Wilson Valdez in the sixth.

David Eckstein hit a one-hopper to first baseman Howard leading off the seventh and dived headfirst into the base, but Hamels beat him to the bag.

The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Werth grounded into a double play.

Notes
  • Phillies 2B Chase Utley hit .339 with six homers and 14 RBI in his first 15 games. Since then, he's batting .229 with four homers and 11 RBI in 39 games.
  • The Padres have hit consecutive homers four times this season.
  • Hamels retired the first eight batters before walking LeBlanc in the third.
  • Gregerson hasn't allowed a walk to the last 94 batters he's faced, the longest streak by a Padres reliever.
 
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Cole Hamels takes a no-hitter into the seventh but Adrian Gonzalez breaks it up with a solo shot. (AP)
Cole Hamels takes a no-hitter into the seventh but Adrian Gonzalez breaks it up with a solo shot. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
San Diego

W. LeBlanc
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
 
San Diego Padres
Jerry Hairston Jr., SS4000001 .240
David Eckstein, 2B4000000 .281
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3222100 .288
Scott Hairston, CF-LF4121001 .238
Chase Headley, 3B4000011 .286
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010010 .287
Oscar Salazar, LF3000001 .241
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF0000000 .209
Chris Denorfia, RF3000020 .273
Wade LeBlanc, P1000110 .375
   a- Lance Zawadzki, PH1000010 .208
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals3035326  
a-struck out for LeBlanc in the 8th
Batting
HR - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (13, Hamels, Baez), Scott Hairston (7, Hamels)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (38), Scott Hairston (15)
CS - Chase Headley (2, 2nd base by Baez/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1
DP - Headley-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Denorfia-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Wade LeBlanc (W,3-4) 7400120 3.21
Luke Gregerson (H,14) 1000000 1.48
Heath Bell (S,16) 1211020 1.38
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 95-60, Luke Gregerson 8-5, Heath Bell 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 8-9, Luke Gregerson 1-2
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, Luke Gregerson 3, Heath Bell 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, CF4020010 .264
Placido Polanco, 3B4120001 .320
Chase Utley, 2B4000004 .260
Ryan Howard, 1B3011100 .286
Jayson Werth, RF4000012 .278
Raul Ibanez, LF3010010 .230
Carlos Ruiz, C3000011 .300
Wilson Valdez, SS2000001 .256
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .143
    Danys Baez, P0000000 .000
Cole Hamels, P2000000 .167
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .195
    Juan Castro, SS0000000 .227
Totals3116114  
a-grounded out for Valdez in the 8th
b-lined out for Hamels in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ryan Howard (9, Bell)
RBI - Ryan Howard (41)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Howard (20)
SB - Shane Victorino (13, 3rd base off LeBlanc/Torrealba), Placido Polanco (3, 2nd base off LeBlanc/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (L,5-5) 8322262 3.98
Danys Baez 1211001 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 121-79, Danys Baez 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 10-7, Danys Baez 2-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 28, Danys Baez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45398
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Marvin Hudson