was relaxed, focused and in control. This was the Hamels the
and their fans got used to seeing last postseason.
Hamels pitched a two-hitter,
drove in the only run with a fourth-inning double and the Phillies beat the
San Francisco Giants
1-0 Tuesday night.
Hamels (8-8) allowed a leadoff double to
in the second inning and a single to pinch-hitter
to start the ninth. He struck out nine and walked one in his fourth career shutout and second this season. The left-hander
extended his scoreless innings streak to 19, tying a career best, and won for the first time since July 28 against Arizona.
''He pitched a heck of a game,'' Phillies manager
said. ''He used all his pitches. When he gets going, he keeps it for a while. That's what we're looking for. He looked like
the old Cole.''
(6-11) was the hard-luck loser for the Giants. He allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight in six innings.
The NL East-leading Phillies have won 15 of 20. They entered with a 7 1/2-game lead over Atlanta.
The Giants came in tied with Colorado in the wild-card race.
''We got good pitching. We just got beat,'' manager
For much of this season, Hamels hasn't pitched like the guy who was MVP of the NLCS and World Series last October. But he
was outstanding in his previous start and dominated San Francisco.
Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings in Philadelphia's 4-1, extra-inning win at Pittsburgh last Wednesday.
He was sharp right from the start of this one, mixing a sharp fastball with his trademark changeup and an effective curve.
Hamels retired 24 in a row after Garko's hit.
''I really tried not to stress myself out and go out and not try to be too good,'' Hamels said. ''All I can do is throw strikes
and let the team behind me take care of it.''
After Aurilia's single, Hamels picked off pinch-runner
. He then walked pinch-hitter
, but struck out pinch-hitter
on a foul pop to end it.
The offensively challenged Giants didn't have their top hitter, Sandoval, and cleanup hitter, Molina, in the starting lineup.
Sandoval is bothered by a right calf injury that sidelined him for three games in the middle of last week. Molina hasn't started
the last seven games because of a tight right quadriceps.
''If you are able to locate and throw strikes, no matter who is in the batter's box, you are going to have success,'' Hamels
Sanchez didn't allow a hit until
led off Philadelphia's fourth with a single to left. Victorino stole second, advanced to third on
's groundout and scored when Howard ripped a double down the right-field line.
''The pitch to Howard was a good pitch, but he found a hole,'' Sanchez said.
Hamels even picked up his first career stolen base in the fifth after failing to execute a sacrifice bunt. He reached on a
fielder's choice and then swiped second base without a throw before
grounded out to end the inning.
It was the first stolen base by a Phillies pitcher since
had one in 1997.
Hamels gave first-base coach
credit for the steal.
''He said, 'Have you ever slid?''' Hamels said. ''I said, 'Yeah,' so he said, 'Go.' I was going to blame it on him if I was
NOTES: The Giants purchased RHP
's contract from Triple-A Fresno. Penny, signed on Monday, is expected to start Wednesday night. ... San Francisco called
. Aurilia and Torres were activated from the disabled list. ... The Phillies called up LHP
. They're expected to add more players in the next week. ... Utley stole his 20th straight base, dating to last season. He
has 17 this year. ... Phillies RHP
pitched a perfect ninth and earned a save in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Myers is trying to return from
hip surgery in June.