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Hamels goes the distance again, blanks Marlins

Aug 14, 2012 - 4:23 AM Miami, FL (Sports Network) - It took four starts, but Cole Hamels finally conquered the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies took the opener of a three-game set, 4-0.

Hamels (13-6), coming off a five-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves, went the distance again against Miami. He struck out five and held the hosts to seven hits and a walk en route to his sixth career shutout.

"I play to win and I'm not gonna go out there and give up when a season can supposedly be given up on already," said Hamels. "I want to win every game I possibly can."

A day after providing a game-winning single in the 11th inning, Juan Pierre picked up three hits and drove in a run for the Phillies, who snapped a five- game losing streak against the Marlins and won for the third time in their last four games overall.

The Phils tagged Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi (3-8) for three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and three walks in five full frames.

Donovan Solano and Jose Reyes each picked up a pair of hits in a losing effort for the Marlins, who have dropped four of their last five games.

Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies started with a one-out single in the third inning, then Pierre nubbed a ground ball that deflected off Eovaldi and found left field to put runners on the corners. Chase Utley dropped a double down the right-field line to score Rollins and give the Phillies an early lead.

After a walk to Ryan Howard, Dom Brown flied out, but John Mayberry reached on a Greg Dobbs error, allowing Pierre to score for a 2-0 game.

In the fourth, Pierre roped a triple into the right-field corner to score Rollins, who reached on a fielder's choice, to give the Phillies a three-run advantage.

"I missed a couple spots with Rollins and Pierre," said Eovaldi.

Three innings later, Brown worked a one-out walk before Mayberry and Kevin Frandsen singled to load the bases. Erik Kratz lofted a fly ball to center field to score Brown and extend Philadelphia's lead to four.

Meanwhile, Hamels settled into a groove. After allowing a two-out single in the third to Jose Reyes, Hamels retired 11 straight hitters until a two-out, seventh-inning hit from Austin Kearns.

Dobbs followed with another hit, but Hamels induced a rally-killing foul out from John Buck. The veteran lefty went on to finish off his 12th career complete game by working around a two-out double from Giancarlo Stanton.

Game Notes

Rollins tied Larry Bowa, who managed Rollins and the Phillies from 2001-04, for most games played by a shortstop in franchise history with 1,730...The Marlins optioned catcher Brett Hayes to Triple-A New Orleans following Sunday's game and selected the contract of catcher Rob Brantly on Monday. The team also transferred pitcher Sandy Rosario to the 60-day disabled list...The Phillies placed outfielder Nate Schierholtz on the 15-day DL with a fractured right toe and recalled infielder Hector Luna on Monday...Hamels has thrown seven-or-more innings in 16 of his 23 starts...Hamels has thrown 22 straight scoreless innings...The Marlins have been shut out 12 times in 2012.

    MIAMI: 0

    Aug 13 10:01 PM

  • Erik Kratz sacrifice fly to center scored Domonic Brown with two out. On the play, John Mayberry advances to third. Runners on first and third with Cole Hamels due up.

    Phillies 4, Marlins 0  Top 7, 2 OutsAug 13 9:16 PM

  • Juan Pierre triple to right scored Jimmy Rollins with two out. Runner on third and Chase Utley due up.

    Phillies 3, Marlins 0  Top 4, 2 OutsAug 13 8:25 PM

  • John Mayberry reached first on Greg Dobbs's fielding error scoring Juan Pierre with two out. On the play, Ryan Howard advances to second and Chase Utley advances to third. Bases loaded with Kevin Frandsen due up.

    Phillies 2, Marlins 0  Top 3, 2 OutsAug 13 8:08 PM

  • Ryan Howard walked. Bases loaded with one out and Domonic Brown due up.

    Phillies 1, Marlins 0  Top 3, 1 OutAug 13 8:02 PM

    MIAMI: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Aug 13 7:11 PM
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