Cole Hamels, Phillies tame Mets, 6-2
NEW YORK – In a season where Murphy’s Law has been in place for the first five months, at least the Phillies can enter the final month of 2013 not having to worry about a thing concerning Cole Hamels.
Despite his league leading loss total, the 29-year-old lefthander has slowly but surely looked like himself this summer. Hamels resurgence continued on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Hamels allowed nine hits but held the Mets to two runs in seven innings to lead the Phillies to a 6-2 victory.
The Phils have won 8 of their last 11 games. They can capture their third straight series win with another victory at Citi Field today.
Hamels, who entered the game with a 5-13 record but also with the fourth lowest run support average in the National League, helped his own cause at the plate, too. Hamels hit a two-out, two-run single to break up a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning.
Chase Utley (2-for-5), Carlos Ruiz (2-for-4) and Michael Young (2-for-5) also chipped in for the offense. Ruiz hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season.
A free agent at the end of the season, Ruiz has hit all five of his home runs in the last 25 games. He had zero in his first 46 games.
Hamels, who avoided free agency a year ago when he signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension, won his second straight decision. He has a 2.25 ERA in 11 starts since the end of June.
The Phillies lost in 14 of Hamels’ first 16 starts this season. They have now won four straight and in eight of the last 12 times he’s taken the mound.
Since the beginning of June, Hamels has lowered his ERA from 4.86 to 3.58.