Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard contributed a three-run blast in the fourth inning as part of his six RBI’s in last night’s 10-6 victory over the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Cole Hamels allowed just four hits in seven innings of work with five strikeouts to earn his 10th win of the season. Florida produced all six of their runs during a late-game surge in the eighth, but the Phillies lineup had already built up enough insurance to solidify the W.
Hamels, a four-year veteran, has come alive late in the season with three straight victories. He struggled in August, producing a 0-4 record but has since found his rhythm. “Baseball is a long season, and you go with what you’ve got,” said Hamels. “I think I was able to make good pitches and be aggressive. That’s all you can ask for. That’s something that I’ve tried to strive for – just try to make good, aggressive pitches and execute pitch by pitch.”
The Phillies are currently a half game ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East with post-season play just around the corner. They are next scheduled to matchup with the New York Mets for three games this weekend starting Friday, September 10th at 7:05 PM.
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