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Phillies' Hamels pitches five-hitter against Nationals

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PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels was more impressed with his performance at the plate on a night when he went the distance.

Hamels pitched a five-hitter, Raul Ibanez doubled twice as he stopped an 0-for-35 slump and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday night.

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Hamels chipped in offensively with two hits, including a triple.

"Being a pitcher, you're not supposed to hit," Hamels said. "We have a competition among the starters and I don't want to lose."

Jayson Werth was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game in Philadelphia since signing a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Nationals. Werth was mostly booed when he came to the plate in the first inning, but he turned the jeers into cheers when he took off his helmet and tipped it to the crowd.

"I was very grateful," Werth said. "I'll remember it for the rest of my life. It meant a lot to me."

Hamels (4-1) struck out six and walked one in his eighth career complete game and first since last Aug. 13, at the New York Mets.

Michael Morse hit a home run for the Nationals. Livan Hernandez (3-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The four-time defending NL East champion Phillies have won nine of 12 and are 19-9 overall.

Hernandez retired his first eight batters until Hamels tripled in the third. Hamels hit a high drive off the scoreboard in right and hustled into third standing with his first career triple.

"I knew it wasn't out, so I kept running and if they threw me out then I got a double," Hamels said.

Jimmy Rollins, back in his customary leadoff spot for the first time this season, followed with a line-drive single to make it 1-0. Rollins tripled in the fifth and scored on Placido Polanco's sacrifice fly.

The 2007 NL MVP finished 2 for 4 with a walk. Rollins batted .271 with only one home run and five RBI while filling in for the injured Chase Utley in the three-hole. Polanco batted third and Shane Victorino went from leadoff to second.

Morse hit an opposite-field shot to right to cut Washington's deficit to 2-1 in the seventh. It was only the second home run allowed by Hamels this season.

Philadelphia added insurance runs in the bottom half on Ryan Howard's RBI single and Ibanez's RBI double. Ibanez's ground-rule double in the fourth was his first hit since April 18.

"You don't want to see anybody go through that," Ibanez said. "The only way I have to function is to pretend it never happened."

Since an awful first start, Hamels has pitched at least seven innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past five starts. The lanky lefty improved to 10-3 against Washington.


  • Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman had surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday to repair a tear in his abdominal muscle. Manager Jim Riggleman expects Zimmerman to be at the ballpark to start his rehab on Wednesday.
  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Utley soon could be ready to play in extended spring training. Utley has been sidelined all season with a knee injury.
  • Hamels' triple was the first by a Phillies pitcher since the late Cory Lidle's at Pittsburgh on April 29, 2006.
  • Hernandez threw a curve that was clocked at 59 mph and his fastball topped out at 85.
  • A crowd of 45,695 was the 151st consecutive sellout, including postseason play.
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Cole Hamels throws 79 of 108 pitches for strikes, including 25 of 31 first-pitch strikes, and lowers his ERA to 2.66.  (AP)
Cole Hamels throws 79 of 108 pitches for strikes, including 25 of 31 first-pitch strikes, and lowers his ERA to 2.66. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Hamels
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 6

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa, 2B4010010 .219
Ian Desmond, SS4000011 .235
Jayson Werth, RF3000110 .226
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000011 .181
Michael Morse, LF3121010 .234
Jerry Hairston Jr., CF3000001 .190
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010011 .234
Brian Bixler, 3B3010002 .100
Livan Hernandez, P2000001 .091
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   a- Wilson Ramos, PH1000001 .351
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
a-grounded into a double play for Slaten in the 8th
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (3, Hamels)
HR - Michael Morse (2, Hamels)
RBI - Michael Morse (11)
SB - Jayson Werth (3, 2nd base off Hamels/Schneider)
Team LOB - 3
DP - Hernandez-Rodriguez-LaRoche, Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche, Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (L,3-3) 6.11044430 3.57
Todd Coffey 0.1000000 4.05
Doug Slaten 0.1100100 0.00
Henry Rodriguez 1100200 0.00
IBB - Orr by Livan Hernandez, by Howard, Mayberry by Doug Slaten
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 97-57, Todd Coffey 6-3, Doug Slaten 10-3, Henry Rodriguez 24-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 7-7, Doug Slaten 1-0, Henry Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 31, Todd Coffey 1, Doug Slaten 3, Henry Rodriguez 5
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS4121101 .279
Shane Victorino, CF4120101 .292
Placido Polanco, 3B3001112 .375
Ryan Howard, 1B4121111 .294
Ben Francisco, RF3000102 .257
Raul Ibanez, LF4021003 .168
Pete Orr, 2B2010100 .278
   a- John Mayberry Jr., PH0000100 .313
    Wilson Valdez, 2B0000000 .235
Brian Schneider, C4010003 .147
Cole Hamels, P4120012 .333
a-was walked intentionally for Orr in the 7th
2B - Raul Ibanez 2 (4, Hernandez, Slaten)
3B - Jimmy Rollins (1, Hernandez), Cole Hamels (1, Hernandez)
SF - Placido Polanco (2)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (6), Placido Polanco (20), Ryan Howard (29), Raul Ibanez (11)
2-OUT RBI - Jimmy Rollins (2), Raul Ibanez (8)
SB - Jimmy Rollins (6, 3rd base off Hernandez/Rodriguez), Shane Victorino (6, 2nd base off Hernandez/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Rollins-Orr-Howard, Hamels-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels (W,4-1) 9511161 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 108-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 13-6
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 31
Game Information
Attendance - 45695
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano