Hamels shaky in Phillies' 7-3 loss to Twins

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, right, sits in the dugout with fellow Phillies starting pitchers from left; Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Joe Blanton during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday, March 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

March 24, 2011 6:36:54 PM PDT
Cole Hamels had another shaky outing, giving up six runs Thursday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Hamels has struggled in the latter half of spring training. After allowing a total of three earned runs in his first three starts, he has given up 16 runs in his last three.

Hamels had retired seven straight batters Thursday until Delmon Young hit a line drive high off the left field wall for a double. Then Danny Valencia hit a two-run double, Luke Hughes hit a solo homer. The home run was the sixth of the spring for the first baseman.

Young hit s three-run home in the fifth off Hamels.

Minnesota right-hander Nick Blackburn stymied the Phillies' lineup. Blackburn allowed six hits while striking out five and walking one in six shutout innings.

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