Phillies defeat Cubs 7-1

April 12, 2008 7:28:48 PM PDT
Cole Hamels allowed one hit over seven innings, Pedro Feliz and Ryan Howard hit two-run homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Saturday night. Derrek Lee's double with one out in the fourth was the only hit off Hamels. Relievers Ryan Madson and Clay Condrey each allowed a single.

Hamels (2-1) struck out five, walked two and got 13 outs on flyballs. An All-Star in his first full season last year, Hamels is off to an outstanding start. The left-hander has a 0.82 ERA in three outings.

The Phillies won their second straight game without shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The 2007 NL MVP has been out of the starting lineup four straight games since he sprained his left ankle Tuesday.

The defending NL East champs evened their record with their first series win in four tries. The Cubs have lost two in a row after winning five straight.

Hamels got all the runs he needed when Feliz connected off Ted Lilly (0-2) in the second inning. After Pat Burrell walked, Feliz drove one into the left-center field seats for a 2-0 lead.

The Phillies chased Lilly in the fifth. Shane Victorino singled to start the inning, went to third on Chase Utley's double and scored on a wild pitch. Howard made it 5-0 with a towering shot to right-center.

Victorino left the game with a strained right calf after grounding out to end the sixth. The short-handed Phillies may need to make a move if Victorino can't play Sunday because Rollins probably isn't going to be ready until Tuesday at the earliest. Victorino has filled in as the leadoff hitter in Rollins' absence.

After Lee stroked a line-drive double to center, Hamels retired the next eight batters before walking Lee to start the seventh. He fanned the next two hitters and called it a night after finishing the inning. Hamels relied on a sharp fastball and his trademark changeup to keep Chicago's hitters off balance.

Alfonso Soriano's two-out RBI single off Madson in the eighth broke the shutout. So Taguchi and Jayson Werth had RBI doubles in the bottom half.

Lilly allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. The left-hander hasn't pitched five innings in his first three starts and has a 9.95 ERA.

Victorino and Cubs right fielder Mark DeRosa took hits away from each other. DeRosa made a sliding catch near the foul line on Victorino's fly in the first. Victorino made a leaping catch against the center-field wall on DeRosa's drive in the second.

Notes: Jason Marquis will pitch for the Cubs on Sunday. He missed his scheduled start Thursday because of illness. ... Cubs RF Kosuke Fukudome wasn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season. He walked as a pinch-hitter leading off the eighth. ... Hamels is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last three starts against the Cubs.