Cole Hamels pitched a seven-hitter for his first win in two weeks and the Philadelphia Phillies made a pair of first-inning runs hold up in a 2-1 victory over the Giants yesterday in San Francisco. The Phillies extended their season-high winning streak to nine games.
Hamels took a shutout into the ninth inning before Pablo Sandoval’s two-out home run. He struck out five and faced five batters more than the minimum while dominating the defending World Series champs.
All but three of the 27 outs recorded by the All-Star lefthander were made by the infield. Philadelphia also backed Hamels (13-6) with two double plays.
The game was far less testy than Friday night’s 9-2 Phillies win, which included the ejection of three players following a bench-clearing brawl in the sixth inning.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before yesterday’s game that he expects to hear soon from Major League Baseball what the ramifications of the brawl will be.
Reliever Ramon Ramirez and catcher Eli Whiteside were both ejected for San Francisco along with Philadelphia center fielder Shane Victorino.
“My guess is Monday,’’ Bochy said. “They’ll look at the video and we’ll get word on what they think they need to do.’’
Tempers flared Friday in the sixth inning when Ramirez hit Victorino in the lower back with a pitch, moments after the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins stole second with a six-run lead. Victorino began walking toward the mound and Whiteside, the catcher, stepped in front of him and began jumping up and down. Placido Polanco raced in from second base and was tackled by Whiteside.
“Nobody got hurt on either side, which is good news,’’ Bochy said. “It was more pushing and shoving than anything else. I thought overall it was very clean.’’
Tigers 4, Royals 3 - Justin Verlander lasted seven innings despite some balky defense behind him and visiting Detroit hung on to beat Kansas City, moving their ace into a tie for the major league lead in wins.
Padres 13, Pirates 2 - Kyle Blanks hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as San Diego sent host Pittsburgh to its ninth straight loss.
Cubs 11, Reds 4 - Carlos Zambrano homered and pitched six solid innings, and host Chicago won its seventh straight by rolling over Cincinnati.
Athletics 8, Rays 0 - Brandon McCarthy pitched five-hit ball for eight innings, David DeJesus homered twice and Oakland earned a rare road victory.
White Sox 6, Twins 1 - Zach Stewart threw six sharp innings in his debut, Paul Konerko drove in two runs and Brent Lillibridge added a late two-run homer as visiting Chicago beat Minnesota.
Brewers 7, Astros 5 - Prince Fielder finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs, and visiting Milwaukee won for the 10th time in 11 games by holding off Houston.
Cardinals 2, Marlins 1 - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning, then Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis bullpen held off host Florida.
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 2 - Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning after Brandon Morrow was perfect through five, and host Baltimore rallied past Toronto.
Mets 11, Braves 7 - Justin Turner homered twice and host New York stopped a five-game losing streak.
Rockies 15, Nationals 7 - Ty Wigginton and Chris Iannetta each homered in a five-run fourth inning, Jhoulys Chacin won for the first time in seven weeks as host Colorado rolled over Washington.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3 - Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs on 4 hits, struck out 7, and walked 2 in five innings in his major league debut for host Los Angeles.
Indians 7, Rangers 5 - Michael Brantley hit a go-ahead RBI double and Jason Kipnis homered in a four-run ninth inning that helped Cleveland rally in Texas.
Mariners 5, Angels 1 - Blake Beavan pitched in and out of trouble through eight innings and Trayvon Robinson hit his first major league homer to help visiting Seattle top Los Angeles.