Phils take series from Rockies behind strong effort from Hamels

PBR - Cole Hamels hurled eight strong innings on Sunday, scattering six hits and a run to lead the Phillies past the Rockies 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. The win secured a series win, marking the first for the Phillies in over a month.

Hamels struggled early, needing 43 pitches to get through the first two frames, but he eventually found a grove and finished with 111 pitches, 71 for strikes. It was the sixth consecutive start in which he tossed at least seven innings, dating back to his June 19 start against the Rockies, which also happened to be his last victory before Sunday.

Antonio Bastardo tossed a scoreless ninth to finish the contest.

Hunter Pence led the Phils' offense with a three-run home run to the left in the fifth, pushing the Phillies to a 5-0 lead. The blast halted a personal 0-for-13 hitless streak.

Shane Victorino tripled in the first and later scored on a Carlos Ruiz single to left. The extra-base hit was the second for Victorino in as many days.  
Drew Pomeranz allowed all five runs for the Rockies in five innings while Dexter Fowler recorded a pair of hits in the losing effort.

The Phillies travel to Los Angeles to open a three-game series with the NL West leading Dodgers on Monday. Joe Blanton is scheduled to face Nathan Eovaldi in the opener.

- Patrick Gordon  is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com or @Philabaseball on Twitter.

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