Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hamels stars as Phillies trump Nationals

By PATRICK GORDON  | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Cole Hamels pieced together arguably his best start of the season, surrendering one run over eight innings to lead the Phillies past the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night, 4-2.

Hamels scattered six hits while striking out four. He walked one.

Tied entering the sixth inning, the Phillies erupted for three runs to put the game out of reach. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins opened the frame with back-to-back singles and Chase Utley followed reaching on a throwing miscue by Nationals' first baseman Adam LaRoche. Revere scored on the error while Rollins and Utley eventually scored on a Michael Young two-run double.

The Nationals tallied a run in the ninth off Antonio Bastardo via a pinch-hit RBI-double by Wilson Ramos, but that's as close as they would come.

Taylor Jordan allowed eight hits and surrendered four runs in the loss for the Nationals.

Revere finished with a pair of hits for the Phillies.

The two clubs resume their four-game set Wednesday night with Cliff Lee scheduled to oppose Gio Gonzalez.

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

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