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Saturday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Miami Marlins (8-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-16), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50)
Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78)
(Sports Network) - Cole Hamels tries to win back-to-back starts for the first
time this season when the Philadelphia Phillies continue a four-game series
against the Miami Marlins Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
Hamels hasn't won consecutive outings since ending the 2012 campaign with six
straight wins over a 10-start span, but the lefty is coming off a solid six-
inning road performance against the New York Mets on Sunday. That's when
Hamels allowed two hits and a run.
Over his career, Hamels is 8-10 with a 3.29 ERA in 25 games when facing the
Marlins. That includes a no-decision over six innings in the game against
tonight's Marlins starter, Jose Fernandez, on April 13.
Fernandez, who makes his sixth start, still doesn't have a major league
victory. The 20-year-old rookie right-hander didn't get a decision Monday
against the Mets when he gave up a pair of runs in four innings.
Fernandez faced Philadelphia earlier this season on April 13 at Marlins Park.
He held the Phillies scoreless on two hits and two walks, while striking out
five batters in a season-high six innings.
Last night, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Domonic Brown each clubbed a solo
homer to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 win. Ben Revere added an RBI single and
Carlos Ruiz scored a run for the Phillies, winners in five of their last seven
"Hopefully those three-run homers and two-run homers will come. If we start
putting runners on those will come. We'll take those solo homers, though, and
we'll keep trying to manufacture runs," Howard said.
Jonathan Pettibone (2-0) surrendered just one run on five hits without walking
a batter over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his second straight win. Jonathan
Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season.
Donovan Solano went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and Marcell Ozuna added two
hits, including a double, for the Marlins, who have dropped 11 of their last
14 meetings with the Phillies.
Ricky Nolasco (2-3) allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings to absorb
"Ricky did a nice job. He kept us in the game and executed his pitches. He
gave us a chance, but we need to start doing a better job of putting some runs
up," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Miami lost two of three at home to Philadelphia from April 12-14.
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