He may be more likely to stick around if the Phillies can get on a roll.
Visiting Philadelphia tries to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks Sunday afternoon in the series finale with the Colorado Rockies .
The Phillies (38-51), who had been outscored 70-40 in dropping 11 of 12 since posting consecutive wins June 25 and 26, broke out in a big way during Saturday's 8-5 victory at Coors Field. Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run homer and Chase Utley had three hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which went 5 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"We were talking at the All-Star game and saying that we have to pick it up in the second half," said Ruiz, who joined closer Jonathan Papelbon at Tuesday's All-Star game. "We know we've been struggling and this was a big moment for us, a big win for us."
Sitting 14 games behind NL East-leading Washington, Philadelphia will soon need to decide what to do with Hamels (10-4, 3.20 ERA). The left-hander, who's been in talks with the Phillies about signing an extension, also remains a candidate to be traded.
"I'm not the one up in the front office. That's not what I signed up for. So I don't stress over that," he told MLB's official website.
"What I've been trying to do, day in and day out, is just play baseball. I understand the nature of the business. I really do. It's only going to be speculated because of the situation that we're in. In this day and age, with guys getting traded a lot more, and free agency obviously coming up, I think it's just the business side."
Hamels hasn't been very sharp on the road, compiling a 5.46 ERA over his last four outings. In his final start before the break, Hamels gave up four runs in seven innings of a 6-5 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 5.
Hamels, who matched career worsts with seven earned runs and 11 hits allowed over 3 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Colorado on April 10, 2009, has since gone 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA over three starts in this series. He limited the Rockies to two runs and six hits in eight innings of a 7-2 victory June 19.
Losers of 11 of 15 at home, the Rockies (34-53) try to get back on track behind Drew Pomeranz (1-3, 3.06). Sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs after going 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA over his first five starts, Pomeranz hasn't allowed an earned run in two outings spanning 12 1-3 innings since getting recalled July 1.
The highly-touted left-hander outdueled Stephen Strasburg during a 5-1 win at Washington on July 6, allowing one hit and striking out six over 6 1-3 scoreless innings.
"I see not only a different pitcher right now, but I also see a different person, and that's just as important as the physical aspects that we talk about at length," manager Jim Tracy said. "The person is completely different from the guy we were dealing with in spring training ... he has a different demeanor, his business-like approach has changed."
Pomeranz has never faced the Phillies.
|July 13, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|June 07, 2012||Freddy Galvis||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||Day-to-Day||Left game - left index finger laceration|
|June 02, 2012||Jose Contreras||60-Day DL||Torn UCL, right elbow - out for season|
|May 28, 2012||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right latissimus dorsi strain|
|July 09, 2012||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Right hip inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Wil Nieves||15-Day DL||Turf toe, right foot|
|July 04, 2012||Jason Giambi||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|June 17, 2012||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sore right hamstring|
|June 03, 2012||Juan Nicasio||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 02, 2012||Jordan Pacheco||Day-to-Day||Sore left quadricep|
DENVER (AP) -- Putting aside all the mid-season trade rumors swirling around him, Cole Hamels was all business Sunday.
Hamels pitched eight innings of one-run ball, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 for their first series victory in nearly a month.
"Cole seems like he's focused and he's able to block it out," said Pence, who came to the Phillies in a mid-summer deadline trade with Houston last season. "Hopefully, he doesn't have to do this too much and we can turn this thing around."
Added Phillies manager Charlie Manuel of Hamels: "That's a front-line professional player."
Hamels (11-4), making his 100th career road start, scattered six hits and had seven strikeouts in his first win in three career outings at Coors Field. He was 0-1 with an 8.38 ERA at Colorado's hitter-friendly park coming into the game.
Antonio Bastardo finished up with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Hamels, who was swamped with questions about his future when he went to the All-Star game, said he's doing his best to stay focused and not get caught up in all the trade chatter with the deadline looming at the end of the month.
"I just have to go out and do my own business and make pitches and pitch in ball games every five days and I think that's all I can be accountable for," Hamels said. "It's nothing I'm going to focus on or worry about."
Drew Pomeranz (1-4) went five innings and allowed five runs on five hits in taking the loss. He struck out five and walked two.
After dropping the opener, the Phillies took consecutive games from the Rockies for their first series victory since June 19-21, when they also took two of three from the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies, who trail in the NL East, were winless in their previous five series against Tampa Bay (1-2), Pittsburgh (2-2), Miami (0-3), the New York Mets (1-2) and Atlanta (0-3). However, they have kicked off the second half of the season on a positive note.
"We all have faith," Pence said. "We're feeling good and were going to keep pushing."
Up 2-0, the Phillies pulled in front 5-0 in the fifth when Pence connected for his team-leading 17th homer.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out single and took second on an errant pickoff throw by Pomeranz before Shane Victorino drew a walk. Pence worked the count against Pomeranz to 2-2 and then jumped on a 79 mph curveball he sent 20 rows deep into the left field bleachers.
"He didn't finish that breaking ball pitch and he hung it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "That's what Hunter Pence does when you hang breaking balls in the middle of the plate. He hits them out of the ballpark."
The Rockies, who hadn't had a baserunner reach second since Dexter Fowler led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced on a sacrifice, broke up Hamel's bid for a fifth career shutout in the sixth inning.
Hamels issued a one-out walk to Marco Scutaro , his only one of the day, and Carlos Gonzalez followed with an RBI triple that went to the wall in left-center field. Hamels prevented further damage by striking out Ramon Hernandez and getting Michael Cuddyer to ground out.
"He was throwing his pitches for strikes," the Rockies Tyler Colvin said of Hamels. "He was working that changeup in there any time in the count and keeping us off balance."
Victorino got the Phillies' offense going in the first by tripling to center. One out later, Carlos Ruiz brought him home with a single to left. The Phillies got another run in the fourth when Ruiz doubled, moved to third on Ty Wigginton 's groundout and scored on Placido Polanco 's sacrifice fly.
NOTES: RHP Joe Blanton (7-8) will pitch Monday night's series opener at Los Angeles for the Phillies. He'll be opposed by the Dodgers' LHP Chris Capuano (9-4). ... The Rockies open a series Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and their former manager, Clint Hurdle . LHP Jeff Francis (2-2) goes for the Rockies against the Pirates' RHP Jeff Karstens (2-2). ... Phillies ace Roy Halladay is set to come off the 15-disabled list and start Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers. ... Pence's homer was the seventh hit in his last 16 at bats with runners in scoring position (.437). ... Fowler is batting .464 (13 for 28) over seven games since July 5.