Hamels pitches well but Phillies lose to Marlins
MIAMI - September 4, 2011 It just wasn't enough to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to another victory. David Herndon yielded Gaby Sanchez's go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Florida Marlins also got two homers from Mike Cameron in an 8-4 win. Hamels allowed three runs and four hits, including home runs to Cameron and Mike Stanton. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three. "Every mistake I made was a homer, and that's tough - especially when you're only up by a little bit," Hamels said. Hamels was 2 for 3 at the plate, driving in a run with an infield hit in the second and a line drive to center in the fourth. "My game is to pitch," Hamels said. "I could get as many hits and homers as I wanted to, but my goal is to not allow runs. That's what I value more - making the pitches and not giving up runs. Unfortunately, I kept (Florida) in the game." Antonio Bastardo (6-1) replaced Hamels in the eighth and walked Omar Infante and Logan Morrison before Herndon came in. The runners moved up on a sacrifice before Sanchez went deep, hitting a drive to left on a 1-0 pitch to give the Marlins a 6-4 lead. Cameron followed with another homer, and pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs connected later in the inning. "We didn't want to walk Sanchez," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We talked about it, but we didn't want to walk him." Edward Mujica (9-5) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win. Florida starter Ricky Nolasco allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Stanton left with right hamstring tightness after he grounded out to end the fifth inning. He was listed as day to day. The Phillies went ahead 4-3 with two outs in the fourth when Hamels lined a single to center that scored Carlos Ruiz from second. Ruiz singled with one out and advanced on Wilson Valdez's groundout. Stanton's 32nd home run in the third tied it at 3. Stanton sent Hamels' 1-1 pitch into the second deck in left field for a solo shot. Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead in the second on Valdez's two-run triple and Hamels' run-scoring infield single. NOTES: The game started after a 1-hour, 38-minute rain delay. The first two innings were played in a steady, heavy drizzle. ... The Marlins announced SS Hanley Ramirez will not play again this season and is expected to undergo left shoulder surgery. Ramirez should be ready for opening day next season, when the team opens a new ballpark in Miami. ... Phillies ace Roy Halladay (16-5) pitches the series finale Sunday against Anibal Sanchez (7-7).
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