The Phillies (50-57) haven't finished under .500 since going 80-81 in 2002, but they may be headed there again. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. decided not to make any changes, though, as Wednesday's trade deadline passed.
Despite rumors regarding multiple players, Amaro is prepared to move forward with the current club."We talked about a couple things, but the bottom line was we didn't find anything satisfactory that we thought was going to improve us," Amaro said.
Manager Charlie Manuel seemed relieved that he doesn't have to discuss those rumors any longer."If you play the game the right way, you never know how good you can do," Manuel said before Wednesday's contest. "Every team somewhere along the line has had a (winning) streak. We haven't. Maybe we got one coming to us."
Not long after Manuel's statement, though, Philadelphia was routed by the Giants 9-2, one day after ending its eight-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory in Tuesday's series opener.
Chase Utley , one subject of trade talk, homered and drove in both runs.
The defending World Series champion Giants (47-59) also declined to make a move despite sitting in last place in the NL West. They had lost five straight and eight of nine before Wednesday's victory.
Hamels (4-13, 4.09 ERA) and Cain (6-6, 4.79) have both fallen well short of expectations this season, though each has pitched better lately.
Hamels has lowed his ERA nearly one-half run over his last five starts by going 2-2 with a 2.57 mark in that stretch. He allowed two runs and struck out six in seven innings Friday but fell 2-1 at Detroit.
The left-hander is tied with former Phillie Joe Blanton for the majors' most defeats, and wins have been difficult to come by against San Francisco recently as well. Hamels is 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA in his last six starts against the Giants, including a loss opposite Cain in Game 3 of the 2010 NLCS.
He gave up five runs in 7 2-3 innings while Cain allowed five in eight frames of San Francisco's 6-5, 10-inning win July 21, 2012, the last time either hurler faced these teams.
Cain had a 5.45 ERA through his first 12 starts, but he's posted a 3.81 mark in his last nine outings. He allowed one run and struck out seven in seven innings Friday before the Chicago Cubs rallied in the ninth to defeat the Giants 3-2.
"I felt good," Cain said. "I just had a good feeling out of the (pregame tosses in the bullpen) early."
The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Phillies, including the NLCS win over Hamels.
Buster Posey is 5 for 7 with a homer and three doubles off Hamels in the regular season.
|San Francisco Giants|
|July 31, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Bruised right heel|
|July 30, 2013||Buster Posey||Day-to-Day||Ill|
|July 29, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee bursitis|
|July 25, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|July 21, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|July 09, 2013||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|July 26, 2013||Cliff Lee||Day-to-Day||Stiff neck|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 24, 2013||Domonic Brown||Day-to-Day||Concussion|
|July 14, 2013||Joe Savery||15-Day DL||Left elbow stiffness|
|July 14, 2013||Ben Revere||15-Day DL||Broken right foot - out 6-8 weeks|
|July 13, 2013||Ben Revere||Day-to-Day||Broken right foot|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Sergio Romo threw his hands out, looked to the sky and screamed in jubilation after working out of the toughest of jams.
Romo has saved big games in the postseason, including three in the World Series. This one may have been his hardest.
Joaquin Arias and pinch-hitter Roger Kieschnick had RBI singles off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning, then Romo escaped a bases-loaded mess in the bottom half as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Thursday night.
"I think I was pretty fortunate," Romo said. "The ninth inning off Papelbon was not an easy thing to do. It was a great win for us."
Matt Cain (7-6) gave up one run and six hits in eight innings. The struggling ace lowered his ERA to 4.57.
Cole Hamels allowed seven hits and struck out five in eight scoreless innings. The 2008 World Series MVP hasn't pitched like a three-time All-Star this season, but he left with a 1-0 lead that he gave himself with an RBI single.
Then Papelbon (2-1) blew it - a familiar scene for the 2012 All-Star closer. He started the season 13 for 13 in save opportunities, but is 7 for 13 since. He heard loud boos throughout the inning and when he walked to the dugout.
"I want to preserve these wins for the starters," Papelbon said. "Some nights you just scratch your head."
Hunter Pence led off the ninth with an infield single and advanced to third on Brett Pill 's single to right. Kieschnick followed with a tying single that sent Pill to third, and Arias grounded his go-ahead hit to left.
Romo loaded the bases with no outs before finishing for his 25th save in 29 tries.
Pinch-hitter Delmon Young reached on third baseman Pablo Sandoval 's error to start the bottom of the ninth. Cody Asche then tried to sacrifice, but Romo fielded it and slipped, so the rookie got credit for his first major league hit. John Mayberry Jr. was hit by a pitch while trying to sacrifice to load the bases.
"I wanted to go to second, but changed my mind and that's when I fell," Romo said of the bunt.
After Laynce Nix flied to shallow right, Carlos Ruiz flied to shallow left. Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz grounded out to third to end it.
"Romo did a great job by not panicking," Cain said.
The defending World Series champion Giants took two of three, but remain last in the NL West.
The Phillies are 2-10 since the All-Star break and have dropped to 9 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Cain retired the first 11 batters, striking out five, before Chase Utley lined a single in the fourth.
Nix hit a broken-bat single with two outs in the fifth and Ruiz followed with a single. Hamels then sliced an RBI single down the left-field line for a 1-0 lead.
"That was two guys at the top of their game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Cain and Hamels. "A classic matchup. I really enjoyed it."
The Phillies missed a chance to add runs in the seventh and eighth. Michael Martinez was thrown out by left fielder Jeff Francoeur trying to score from second on Mayberry's single in the seventh.
After Jimmy Rollins tripled in the eighth, he was thrown out trying to score on Michael Young 's grounder to shortstop.
Last July, the Phillies gave Hamels a six-year, $144 million extension to pass up free agency. But they're just 6-17 in his starts.
NOTES: Sandoval was in the lineup for the Giants after leaving Wednesday night's game with a right heel bruise. ... Former Phillies closer Brad Lidge threw out the first pitch. Lidge, who was 48 for 48 in save chances during Philadelphia's 2008 World Series championship season, formally retired as a member of the Phillies. ... Madison Bumgarner (10-6) starts for the Giants at Tampa Bay on Friday night. ... Former ace Curt Schilling will be inducted into the Phillies' Wall of Fame on Friday. ... RHP Ethan Martin will make his major league debut for the Phillies on Friday night against Atlanta's Kris Medlen (7-10). Martin, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade for Shane Victorino last year, is 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 21 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cliff Lee , who missed his start because of a stiff neck, will pitch Sunday.