Cole Hamels pitches a three-hitter against his home town team as he collects his twelfth win of the season as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

Cole Hamels collects his twelfth win of the season as he defeat his home town team as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double on a ball that bounced off of center fielder Cameron Maybin’s glove, knocking in Shane Victorino who was earlier safe at first on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Bartlett, before going on to second base on the play. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ruiz’s walk, and then moved up to third on Ben Francisco’s fly out to center, scored on a balk committed by Cory Luebke, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz. The Padres got on the scoreboard in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Alberto Gonzalez hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Maybin, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before going to third base on Jesus Guzman’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Cole Hamels would keep the Padres under control for eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten Padres, seven of them coming in the first three innings, before Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) gets the win as he goes eight strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Cory Luebke (3-4, 2.65) took the lost as he went only five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Luke Gregerson, Josh Spence and Ernesto Frieri combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Frieri), while striking out five Phils (Gregerson (1), Spense (2), Frieri (2)) between them.

The Phils had just six hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Michael Martinez (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a balk, as the Phils’ offense was helped by the Padres’ bad defense.

The Phils (62-36, 1st East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (44-56, 4th West), with an afternoon game that will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will be televised on Fox Sports. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to lead the Phils to a three game winning streak. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on July 17, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 4-3 extra-innings lost . He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to continue their present dominance of the Padres.

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