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Howard, Phillies finally support Hamels, beat Marlins

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels worked with almost a dozen starts' worth of runs in one game.

Ryan Howard homered and had six RBI and the Philadelphia Phillies backed Hamels with a rare burst of the run support he had been missing most of the season in a 10-6 win over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.

Howard hit his 28th homer of the season and the NL East-leading Phillies had a season-high 18 hits.

Hamels (10-10) tossed four-hit ball over seven innings and extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 25. He struck out five and won his third straight start.

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His record would be well over .500 if not for receiving the fourth-lowest run support (3.18 runs per start) of any starter this season entering the game.

Ten runs or one, Hamels' approach never wavered.

"I want to go out there and get one guy out my next game," Hamels said.

Hamels was sensational and earned a standing ovation when he struck out Brad Davis to end the seventh. Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, might have 15 wins by now if the Phillies had some pop in their bats in his starts.

The Phillies were shut out in four of his starts -- including consecutive 1-0 losses in early August. The Phillies entered having scored only 19 runs in Hamels' last 11 starts. They scored two or fewer runs in 13 of his first 28 starts.

They tried to make it up to him from the start Wednesday, scoring runs in each of the first five innings and staked him to a 10-0 lead.

Put in perspective, the Phillies scored 10 runs combined in Hamels' last six starts.

"Everything was working for him tonight," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Hamels never really groused about his lack of support and kept giving the Phillies the kind of quality starts that has them convinced they can make another deep October run. The Phillies remained a half-game ahead of Atlanta in the NL East as they make a run toward their fourth straight division title.

"People forget about what's happened the first five months if you have a great September and a great playoffs," Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino said.

Howard did the bulk of the damage against Andrew Miller (1-1). He had a two-run single in the first inning and went deep with an opposite-field, three-run shot to left in the fourth that made it 7-0.

Miller was long gone when Howard's line-drive single to right in the seventh put the Phillies ahead 10-0. Howard was batting .188 in 16 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 21.

Howard is a career .306 hitter in September and plays his best ball when the games matter most.

"September just happens to be September," Howard said. "I just try and do what I can to do my part."

He did plenty in Philadelphia's third straight win.

The Phillies don't know if they will have to move on without shortstop Jimmy Rollins. He is day-to-day after leaving with tightness in his right hamstring.

Manager Charlie Manuel said Rollins was dehydrated and skipped batting practice.

Rollins -- who has slumped so badly this season he was dropped from leadoff to sixth in the batting order -- gingerly ran to second base and didn't slide on a two-out double in the third. He didn't have his usual burst around third base when he scored on Carlos Ruiz's single.

Rollins slid at home and slowly walked back to the dugout. He had his head down as he talked with Manuel. Rollins was 2 for 2 and was replaced by Wilson Valdez.

The three-time All-Star shortstop has twice been on the 15-day disabled list this season because of a calf problem. He got hurt warming up before the Phillies' home opener and missed 31 games, then re-injured himself less than a week later on May 21.

Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run homer for the Marlins as part of a six-run eighth off Nate Robertson.

Chase Utley had two RBI for the Phillies.

Notes

  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez was held out of the starting lineup with a sore back.
  • Marlins RHP Josh Johnson has right shoulder inflammation and a strained mid-back, making it unclear when the All-Star will return to the mound. There was no structural damage found and he will rejoin the Marlins on Friday for a series in Washington, but the team has not decided when he might pitch again.
  • Phillies closer Brad Lidge was unavailable because of a tender right elbow. Pitching coach Rich Dubee says he's "very confident" Lidge will be ready by Friday.
  • Phillies rookie OF Domonic Brown is day to day with a strained right quadriceps.
 
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Ryan Howard gets props from third-base coach Sam Perlozzo after getting three of his six RBI on a home run.  (US Presswire)
Ryan Howard gets props from third-base coach Sam Perlozzo after getting three of his six RBI on a home run. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
Florida

G. Sanchez
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS5110000 .297
Logan Morrison, LF3110200 .318
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5113002 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B4100111 .279
Mike Stanton, RF4010031 .244
Wes Helms, 3B3120101 .239
Cameron Maybin, CF4122022 .239
Brad Davis, C3000013 .256
    Jay Buente, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Cousins, PH1011000 .429
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
Andrew Miller, P1000000 .000
   b- Hector Luna, PH1000000 .105
    Chris Leroux, P0000000 .000
    Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
    Mike Rivera, C2000011 .000
Totals3669648  
a-doubled for Buente in the 8th
b-grounded out for Miller in the 5th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (16, Hamels), Mike Stanton (18, Hamels), Cameron Maybin (6, Robertson), Scott Cousins (2, Herndon)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (17, Robertson)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez 3 (76), Cameron Maybin 2 (26), Scott Cousins (2)
2-OUT RBI - Cameron Maybin 2 (18), Scott Cousins (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Logan Morrison 1
E - Wes Helms (7, Throwing), Mike Stanton (4, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Andrew Miller (L,1-1) 41177351 6.16
Chris Leroux 1322110 7.00
Jose Ceda 1.1211000 13.50
Jay Buente 0.2100020 4.50
Burke Badenhop 1100020 3.88
HBP - Utley (by Jose Ceda)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 87-51, Chris Leroux 29-15, Jose Ceda 18-10, Jay Buente 11-8, Burke Badenhop 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 3-4, Burke Badenhop 1-0
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 26, Chris Leroux 7, Jose Ceda 7, Jay Buente 3, Burke Badenhop 4
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Shane Victorino, CF6331001 .260
Placido Polanco, 3B5110125 .308
Chase Utley, 2B3222102 .274
Ryan Howard, 1B5136012 .281
    Paul Hoover, C0000000 .278
Jayson Werth, RF5010013 .292
    Nate Robertson, P0000000 .192
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
Jimmy Rollins, SS2120001 .245
    Wilson Valdez, SS3010025 .244
Raul Ibanez, LF4120113 .264
Carlos Ruiz, C3011112 .289
    Ross Gload, 1B1010000 .281
Cole Hamels, P3110012 .148
    John Mayberry Jr., RF1000011 .000
Totals41101810410  
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino 2 (23, Miller, Leroux), Jimmy Rollins (15, Miller), Raul Ibanez (30, Miller), Ross Gload (6, Badenhop)
HR - Ryan Howard (28, Miller)
SH - Cole Hamels (4)
RBI - Shane Victorino (62), Chase Utley 2 (54), Ryan Howard 6 (95), Carlos Ruiz (42)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Ruiz (14)
SB - Shane Victorino (31, 3rd base off Miller/Davis), Chase Utley (7, 2nd base off Miller/Davis)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Paul Hoover (2, Dropped fly)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (W,10-10) 7400150 3.06
Nate Robertson 0.2466221 5.95
David Herndon 0.2100100 4.10
Ryan Madson 0.2000010 2.70
WP - Nate Robertson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 106-65, Nate Robertson 34-19, David Herndon 12-7, Ryan Madson 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 10-6, David Herndon 2-0
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Nate Robertson 8, David Herndon 4, Ryan Madson 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44221
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez