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Philadelphia at San Francisco

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Phillies edge Giants for ninth in row, Hamels solid

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The toughest matchup for Cole Hamels might've come against teammate Cliff Lee.

Hamels pitched a seven-hitter for his first win in two weeks and the Philadelphia Phillies won their season-high ninth in a row, beating the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Saturday.

Hamels made a pair of first-inning runs hold up as the Phillies, with the best record in the majors, defeated the Giants for the third straight day.

Two days after Lee threw a shutout, Hamels (13-6) blanked the Giants until Pablo Sandoval's two-out home run in the ninth inning. Hamels struck out five and faced five batters more than the minimum while dominating the defending World Series champs.

Hamels had only one victory in his previous four starts and lost to San Francisco 2-1 on July 27 despite pitching into the eighth inning and allowing only two runs and six hits.

He was even stronger in the rematch and got better results.

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"I was one out away from a shutout," Hamels said with a grin. "Cliff just got one. We're all trying to compete against each other."

Hamels, who hadn't won since July 22, faced the minimum through three innings, then gave up back-to-back singles in the fourth. He quickly worked out of the jam, striking out Carlos Beltran on three pitches before Sandoval grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in the first pitch.

San Francisco didn't get another runner until the seventh, and had two on with two outs in the eighth but failed to score each time.

All but three of the 27 outs recorded by the All-Star left-hander were made by the infield. Philadelphia also backed Hamels with two double plays in a game that took 2 hours, 14 minutes.

"Any time you can win a series it's big and any time you can win on the road it's big," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We know how good the Giants can be but at the same time if we play the way we're capable of playing and stay relaxed and focused ... that works for us."

The game was far less testy than Friday night's 9-2 Phillies win, which included the ejection of three players following a bench-clearing brawl in the sixth inning.

Matt Cain (9-8) allowed only three hits over eight innings but took the loss, his second straight. San Francisco has dropped eight of nine since taking two of three games from the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Jimmy Rollins doubled high off the wall in right-center leading off the game, and after Chase Utley drew a one-out walk and Howard struck out, Hunter Pence hit a bloop single to right to drive in Rollins.

Utley tried to take third on the play and appeared to be out following a strong throw by Nate Schierholtz, but Sandoval bobbled the ball, allowing Utley to reach safely. Three pitches later he scored on a passed ball to make it 2-0.

"We got to him early but after that he was tough," said Ryan Howard, who struck out three times before singling in the ninth. "He got into some situations where it could have gone bad, and Cole got into some situations where it could have gone bad, but they got out of them."

The Giants are hitless in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the three games against the Phillies this weekend. Over its last 16 games, San Francisco is batting .157 (16 for 102) with runners in scoring position.

It got so bad that first baseman and crowd favorite Aubrey Huff was booed loudly by the home crowd after grounding out to Hamels.

"We had more hits than they did, we just couldn't get the big hit," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You don't win the World Series unless you can beat good pitching. Right now we're not doing that."

Before the game, Bochy said he expects to hear soon from Major League Baseball about penalties for Friday's bench-clearing brawl.

San Francisco reliever Ramon Ramirez and catcher Eli Whiteside were both ejected along with Philadelphia center fielder Shane Victorino.

Victorino was booed during pregame introductions and every at-bat by the sellout crowd at AT&T Park, but there were no other lingering effects from the fight.

Cain nearly matched Hamels, retiring 20 of the final 22 batters he faced after giving up both Philadelphia runs in the first. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two.

"I made a couple of mistakes early," Cain said. "The way Hamels was throwing the ball, that was enough."

Notes

  • Friday's winning pitcher, Vance Worley, is the first Phillies rookie to win six games over a seven-game stretch since Bob Walk in 1980.
  • Phillies 3B Placido Polanco left the game with soreness in his left hip.
  • Philadelphia has an NL-best 28-11 record during day games.
  • Giants reliever Sergio Romo has retired 30 consecutive batters, the longest streak in the majors.
  • Philadelphia homered in its previous eight games, the team's longest streak since 2009.
  • RHP Tim Lincecum (9-9) has six straight quality starts against the Phillies and will try to stop the Giants' slide when he opposes RHP Roy Oswalt (4-6) in Sunday's series finale. Oswalt will be making his first start since going on the disabled list with lower back inflammation on June 24. He was activated following Saturday's game. LHP Juan Perez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room.
 
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Catcher Carlos Ruiz congratulates Cole Hamels, who takes a shutout into the ninth before settling for the win. (Getty Images)
Catcher Carlos Ruiz congratulates Cole Hamels, who takes a shutout into the ninth before settling for the win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

C. Hamels
IP 9.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
San Francisco

P. Sandoval
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4110010 .263
Shane Victorino, CF3010101 .309
Chase Utley, 2B3100102 .284
Ryan Howard, 1B4010033 .252
Hunter Pence, RF4021002 .314
Raul Ibanez, LF4000014 .245
Placido Polanco, 3B3000001 .275
    Michael Martinez, 3B0000000 .219
Carlos Ruiz, C3000000 .262
Cole Hamels, P3000030 .148
Totals3125128  
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (19, Cain)
RBI - Hunter Pence (69)
2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Howard, Utley-Rollins-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (W,13-6) 9711051 2.53
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 114-83
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 12-8
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 32
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Rowand, CF4010012 .249
Jeff Keppinger, 2B4020000 .295
Carlos Beltran, RF4000013 .284
Pablo Sandoval, 3B4121001 .313
Orlando Cabrera, SS4000011 .242
Cody Ross, LF3000000 .246
Aubrey Huff, 1B3000000 .243
Eli Whiteside, C3010000 .216
Matt Cain, P2000020 .087
   a- Nate Schierholtz, PH1010000 .272
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
Totals3217105  
a-singled for Cain in the 8th
Batting
HR - Pablo Sandoval (12, Hamels)
RBI - Pablo Sandoval (42)
2-OUT RBI - Pablo Sandoval (12)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
DP - Cabrera-Huff
PB - Eli Whiteside (7)
E - Pablo Sandoval (5, Missed catch of throw)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Cain (L,9-8) 8321280 3.00
Javier Lopez 0.1200000 2.51
Sergio Romo 0.2000000 1.72
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 103-68, Javier Lopez 5-5, Sergio Romo 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-9
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 28, Javier Lopez 3, Sergio Romo 2
Game Information
Attendance - 42183
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski