National League Game Summary - San Francisco at Philadelphia
(Thursday, July 24)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, San Francisco 1
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Cole Hamels struck out 10 over eight dominant innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies salvage the finale of a four-game series with a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Hamels (5-5), who yielded just a run on six hits, showcased his best stuff on Thursday. His fastball topped out nearly 2 m.p.h. faster than his average and all of his pitches were sharp, keeping the Giants off-balance for most of the afternoon.
"It's just about going out there and trying to compete," said Hamels. "You go out there and just let it happen. That's what happened today. In losing the past three games, you just want to go out there and win."
The 30-year-old lefty has gone at least seven innings in 13 of his last 15 starts.
Jonathan Papelbon made amends for Wednesday's loss, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the game and his 24th save.
Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley each finished with two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who won for just the second time in seven games since the All-Star break.
Tim Hudson (8-7) took the hard-luck loss despite surrendering just a pair of unearned runs with six strikeouts through six innings.
"I felt OK," said Hudson. "It was a little bit of a battle for the most part. I've had a lot of games against these guys and it's never easy. It's never a game where it's a walk in the park."
The Phils wasted no time getting to Hudson, as Jimmy Rollins reached on a bloop double with one out in the first inning and moved to third on a passed ball. Two batters later, Byrd knocked him in with a single to left to give the home team an early 1-0 advantage.
The Giants briefly tied things in the top of the fifth before Philadelphia went back in front in the home half. Ehire Adrianza laced a liner past a diving Rollins into center field with two outs, easily plating Gregor Blanco as Ben Revere's throw to the plate was cut off.
Revere led off the home fifth by reaching on Michael Morse's dropped fly in left. After Rollins went down swinging, Utley's single up the middle scored the speedy Revere.
Papelbon took the field in the ninth to a chorus of boos from the home crowd, but got Adam Duvall to pop up in foul territory. Joaquin Arias then struck out swinging and Blanco lined to Grady Sizemore in left to end the contest.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was benched for the second straight game in favor of Darin Ruf, who finished 1-for-4. Howard has seven career home runs against Hudson, most among active players ... Hudson has lost five of his last six decisions ... Philadelphia went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.
07/24 21:45:15 ET