The Phillies scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning to take a one-run lead and Cole Hamels and the bullpen made it stand up for a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
The Phillies won the interleague series. It was the first time they’d taken a series from Seattle in four tries.
Hamels went just five innings. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined on four scoreless innings to preserve the win for Hamels.
Starting pitching report
Hamels entered the game having delivered eight straight quality starts. He had pitched at least seven innings in seven straight starts. Those two streaks ended as he battled a high pitch count and lasted just five innings, but Hamels picked up the win because he did a good job limiting damage in trouble situations. Seattle’s sloppy defense also helped.
Hamels allowed 10 base runners and threw two wild pitches, but limited the Mariners to three runs. Hamels’ mates rallied for three unearned runs in the fourth to take a one-run lead. The left-hander stranded two men in scoring position in putting up a scoreless inning in the bottom of the fifth before exiting.
Hamels is 7-6 with a 2.53 ERA.
Seattle lefty James Paxton was charged with four runs in four innings of work, but just one was earned. He contributed to his own problems with an error in the fourth inning that set up three unearned runs.
Diekman looked strong in pitching two scoreless innings to protect a one-run lead. Giles followed with a power showing in the eighth inning. He struck out three, getting his third with a runner on second base in a one-run game. Papelbon struck out two in notching his 30th save. He has reached 30 saves eight times in his career.
At the plate
Wil Nieves got the start behind the plate and had three singles.
The Phillies had 10 hits, nine of which were singles.
Chase Utley broke a 3-3 tie with a single in the fourth.
Kendrys Morales homered to dead center against Hamels in the second inning. It was just the third home run Hamels has given up in his last 10 starts.
In the field
It was a sloppy game. Both teams made an error. Hamels threw two wild pitches; Paxton threw one. Seattle catcher Jesus Sucre was charged with a passed ball that resulted in a run.
The Phillies are off on Thursday. They host the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game series starting on Friday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Friday night – RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.90) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.25)
Saturday night – RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 4.25) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.40)
Sunday afternoon – RHP Jerome Williams (1-0, 2.19) vs. RHP Justin Masterson (2-1, 3.60)