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Hamels outpitches Pirates' Cole for first win in month

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PITTSBURGH -- Cole Hamels insists that leading the major leagues in losses doesn't bother him and he has been able to keep a positive attitude in the most difficult season of his eight-year career.

"I've played a lot of baseball and I've pitched in a lot of games, and I know I'm going to play a lot more baseball and pitch in a lot more games," Hamels said. "I know that my record is just kind of blip on the radar and you have to be who you are."

Hamels looked more like a former World Series MVP on Thursday as he pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and the Phillies beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 Thursday.

Hamels (3-11) gave up one earned run and five hits, striking out eight without a walk. He won for the first time since June 5.

"It was being able to get back to what I know, which is establish the strike zone early then throw all my pitches," Hamels said. "Ultimately, it was staying down in the zone. That's where I've got hurt in the past, I get guys where I want them and not able to finish them off because I'm getting too many balls up in the zone."

Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907. Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

"I thought he pitched well," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "He's a 22-year-old young man. He's still learning, continuing to grow. He's fun to watch."

Hamels received some rare support as the Phillies have scored just 22 runs in his 11 losses.

Ben Revere had three of the Phillies' 13 hits and two RBIs. Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins and Delmon Young each had two hits.

"It's not so much the raw number of hits you have but what you get them," Young said. "We were playing the best team in baseball with the Pirates. Their pitching has been outstanding and their offense has been lagging but they're winning because they hit in the clutch. That's what we did today, and what we need to continue to do."

Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth inning for his 17th save in 21 opportunities.

Ruiz's two-run single came off Vin Mazzaro in the middle of a four-run sixth inning in which Cole was chased.

Ruiz, who sat out the first 25 games of the season after being suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned stimulant, had driven in just four runs all year prior to Thursday.

Cole was removed after Ryan Howard walked with one out and Domonic Brown followed with a single.

Mazzaro, who had not allowed any of his 12 inherited runners to score this season, came on and gave up three straight singles. Young's hit loaded the bases and Kevin Frandsen's single tied it before Ruiz hit a liner to center to score Brown and Young and put Philadelphia ahead.

Revere capped the inning by driving in a run with a grounder.

"The Pirates have a really good bullpen but I think it made a difference when we were able to get Cole out of the game," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's a good pitcher now and he's going to be a real good pitcher. He was tough."

Both teams complained about home plate umpire Chris Conroy's strike zone and Cole seemed particularly upset after the walk to Howard, though he stopped short of being critical when asked about some close calls during that at-bat.

"I made a couple of pitches on the black (of the plate) but those pitches can go either way depending on the judgment,' Cole said. "I felt I made a couple of quality pitches."

Pinch-hitter Michael Young's sacrifice fly in the eighth extended the Phillies' lead to 6-2.

The Pirates scored twice in the eighth on a pinch-hit RBI single by Garrett Jones and a double-play grounder by Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen's two-run double in the third opened the scoring. The Phillies cut the deficit to 2-1 on Revere's RBI single in the fifth.

Starling Marte and Jose Tabata each had two hits for Pittsburgh, which has the best record in the majors, but has lost two of three since a nine-game winning streak. Marte ran his hitting streak to nine games.

Philadelphia won for just the 10th time in 25 games as it avoided dropping to a season-worst six games below .500. The Phillies won a series in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2008.

Notes

  • Pittsburgh RHP A.J. Burnett is likely to come off the disabled list Sunday and start against the Cubs at Chicago, though Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would prefer the veteran make one minor league rehab start. Burnett, who has been out since June 9 with a strained right calf, insists he does not need to go on a rehab assignment.
  • Manuel said he will rest Howard against certain left-handed starters but will not use him in a strict platoon with right-handed hitting John Mayberry Jr.
  • Pirates SS Jordy Mercer got the day off after going 1 for 9 in the first two games of the series and making an error on Wednesday night that allowed a run to score.
  • The Pirates open their three-game series with the Cubs on Friday with LHP Francisco Liriano (7-3, 2.23) pitching against RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-7, 3.34)
  • The Phillies open a three-game home series with Atlanta on Friday night as LHP Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59) faces RHP Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22).
 
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Phillies lefty Cole Hamels finally gets some offensive support as he earns his first victory since June 5.  (USATSI)
Phillies lefty Cole Hamels finally gets some offensive support as he earns his first victory since June 5. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

B. Revere
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5032001 .290
Chase Utley, 2B5020014 .282
Jimmy Rollins, SS5020023 .264
Ryan Howard, 1B4110112 .266
Domonic Brown, LF4110111 .279
Delmon Young, RF4120011 .273
    John Mayberry Jr., PR-RF1100002 .254
Kevin Frandsen, 3B3111001 .286
Carlos Ruiz, C3122000 .278
Cole Hamels, P1000010 .074
Totals35614627  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Hamels in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (12, Cole)
3B - Chase Utley (3, Reid)
SF - Michael Young (1)
SH - Carlos Ruiz (1), Cole Hamels (6)
RBI - Ben Revere 2 (14), Kevin Frandsen (14), Carlos Ruiz 2 (6), Michael Young (22)
2-OUT RBI - Ben Revere (8)
CS - Ben Revere (8, 2nd base by Cole/Martin), Jimmy Rollins (6, 2nd base by Cole/Martin)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - McDonald-Utley-Howard
E - Chase Utley (6, Missed catch of throw)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Cole Hamels (W,3-11) 7521080 4.38
Justin De Fratus 1322000 5.19
Jonathan Papelbon (S,17) 1100010 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Cole Hamels 103-76, Justin De Fratus 20-13, Jonathan Papelbon 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cole Hamels 4-9, Justin De Fratus 1-1
Batters Faced - Cole Hamels 26, Justin De Fratus 5, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Starling Marte, LF4220020 .287
Jose Tabata, RF3120000 .284
    Garrett Jones, PH-RF1011000 .261
Andrew McCutchen, CF4012001 .299
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000002 .232
Russell Martin, C4010010 .251
Pedro Alvarez, 3B4010031 .243
Neil Walker, 2B4000002 .246
Clint Barmes, SS3000011 .200
    Travis Snider, PH1000011 .227
Gerrit Cole, P2000010 .250
    Jordy Mercer, SS1110000 .278
Totals3549309  
a-singled for Tabata in the 8th
b-struck out for Reid in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Tabata (6, Hamels)
RBI - Garrett Jones (34), Andrew McCutchen 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen 2 (12)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Alvarez-G. Sanchez
E - Andrew McCutchen (3, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (L,4-1) 5.1833150 3.94
Vin Mazzaro (BS,2) 0322000 2.97
Tony Watson 1.2100010 3.43
Ryan Reid 2211110 1.64
IBB - Brown by Ryan Reid
HBP - Hamels (by Vin Mazzaro), Frandsen (by Ryan Reid)
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 78-53, Vin Mazzaro 12-8, Tony Watson 15-11, Ryan Reid 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 5-4, Tony Watson 2-1, Ryan Reid 2-3
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 23, Vin Mazzaro 4, Tony Watson 5, Ryan Reid 10
Game Information
Attendance - 35328
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel