Phils' Hamels sets down 11 straight, Howard homers

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, right, delivers a first-inning pitch to Baltimore Orioles Jake Fox during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Fox hit a double on the pitch, driving in teammate Randy Winn, center rear, from second. Umpire is Marty Foster and catcher is Phillies' Carlos Ruiz. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

March 8, 2011 2:55:07 PM PST
Cole Hamels worked the kinks out of his delivery and set down the last 11 batters he faced, Ryan Howard homered again and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Tuesday.

Howard hit his team-leading third home run of the spring.

Hamels, the first of the Phillies' vaunted starting rotation to make this third spring start, walked the first two batters of the game and gave up two runs in the opening inning. The 27-year-old lefty followed with three perfect frames.

Justin Duchscherer, who appeared in just five games the last two seasons for Oakland, made his first start for Baltimore and pitched two scoreless innings.

The two-time All-Star, whose debut was delayed by soreness in his left hip, hadn't pitched since April 30 after hip surgery.

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