Although he labored at times, Cole Hamels picked up his fourth consecutive win as the Phillies beat the Marlins 2-1 in Miami tonight. Hamels (11-10, 3.01 ERA) tossed 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and one run while walking two and striking out a season-high 13. His 25-inning scoreless streak came to an end in the first inning when Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison scored on a soft single by Dan Uggla.
Shane Victorino provided both runs in the win, scoring from first on a Placido Polanco double in the first inning, and again on a bases-loaded groundout by Jayson Werth in the fifth.
The Phillies offense could not capitalize on the five hits and ten walks allowed by Marlins pitchers as they went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Fortunately, two runs was all that was needed as the bullpen was able to preserve the win. Chad Durbin collected the final out in the seventh, and Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless eighth despite allowing a hit and a walk. Brad Lidge, pitching for the first time since September 6, retired the side in order to record his 22nd save of the season.
This win, coupled with the Braves 6-0 loss to the Nationals, gives the Phillies a two game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. It also ensures that the Fightins will have their sixth consecutive series win.
The Phils go for the sweep tomorrow night as Roy Halladay (18-10, 2.44 ERA) faces some poor sap in the final game of the series.
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