MIAMI – Cole Hamels’ string of strong starts was snapped at 10 as the Miami Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-0, on Wednesday night.
The loss marked the low point of the season as the Phillies, losers of six straight and 10 of their last 12, fell to 12 games under .500.
The Phillies, who had just five singles in the game, have been shut out 11 times on the season. Only San Diego has been shut out more.
Hamels lasted just five innings (97 pitches) and allowed three runs. He had pitched at least seven innings in 10 straight starts.
Starting pitching report
Hamels (2-5) seemed off right from the get-go. He allowed a base hit and two walks in the first inning. Though he escaped a bases-loaded jam, he threw 34 pitches in the first inning. In all, the left-hander went five innings, allowed five hits and three runs. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out three. Hamels gave up a leadoff walk in the fifth inning then allowed a pair of RBI doubles.
Miami’s Tom Koehler (6-6) held the Phillies to three hits over six shutout innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Kenny Giles pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one. He has pitched nine innings since coming up from Triple A and has allowed just one run, which came in his first inning of work.
Mario Hollands’ scoreless innings streak was snapped at 18 when he allowed a two-run homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth. The home run came one batter after Hollands took a ball off the right knee from the bat of Marcell Ozuna. Hollands faced two more batters then left the game with what was called a contusion.
Miami’s bullpen pitched three scoreless innings.
At the plate
The Phillies’ offense let Koehler off the hook in the first inning. Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins opened the game with base hits to put runners on first and third with no outs. The Phils got nothing out of the threat as Koehler struck out Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd before retiring Ryan Howard on a ground ball to second.
The Phillies did not get their third hit of the game until the sixth inning. They were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
The Marlins had four extra-base hits. The Phillies had none.
Cliff Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained left elbow, will make a minor-league rehab start for Single A Clearwater on Sunday. Lee threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Tuesday. He could throw up to 75 pitches Sunday (see story).
The Phillies placed outfielder Domonic Brown on paternity leave and recalled outfielder Aaron Altherr from Double A (see story). Brown is expected to be back in a couple of days.
The Phils also shifted reliever Mike Adams (shoulder) to the 60-day disabled list. Adams won’t be eligible to return until early August.
Pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez came off the disabled list and was assigned to Double A, where he will work as a reliever.
Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22) will oppose Miami lefty Brad Hand (0-1, 6.38) in the series finale Thursday night.