Hamels settles down as Phils thrash Mets

PBR - Cole Hamels surrendered a two-run home run in the first inning, but settled down to throw seven solid innings to lead the Phillies past the Mets 8-2 on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Juan Pierre finished the contest 3-for-4, while Hunter Pence and Jimmy Rollins chipped in a pair of hits apiece.

Ike Davis gave the Mets an early 2-0 lead with his blast in the first inning, but Hamels bounced back, scattering six hits while striking out 10. Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon each tossed a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the win.

Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Jimmy Rollins lofted a single to right field and Hunter Pence followed with a single to left. Ramon Ramirez then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Rollins and Pence to advance, before Ty Wigginton hit a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Rollins to tie the contest. Laynce Nix then proceeded to launch a double to left scoring Pence to push the Phillies ahead 3-2.

The offense went on to score five more runs in the eighth, all with two outs, to secure the victory. 

The Phillies head west and will begin a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday night with Roy Halladay opposing Tim Lincecum.

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