Another chapter was added to the lefty's 2013 nightmare as Hamels hurled his 11th quality start of the season, but the offense -- like all year -- offered him feeble support in the Phillies' 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.
The Phillies (33-37) finished 3-7 in their 10-game road trip, losing series to Milwaukee (28-40), Minnesota (30-36) and Colorado (37-33).
Hamels took the mound on Sunday and gave the Phillies a terrific chance to end their dreadful road trip on a positive note, but the pitcher with baseball's fifth-worst run support saw more of the same from his offense.
Hamels went seven innings and allowed three runs. At one point, he retired 13 straight. In the seventh inning, Hamels endured more misfortune.
Carlos Gonzalez reached base with a leadoff single. Hamels then thought he had the next batter, Michael Cuddyer, struck out on an 0-2 pitch, but home plate umpire Marvin Hudson called it a ball. Hamels, similar to his last start, showed his displeasure and the inning only got worse. On the next pitch, Cuddyer dumped a bloop double down the right-field line before a dribbling ground out and a double plated Colorado's next two runs in the irritating frame for Hamels, who hollered at Hudson his entire walk to the dugout after he finally retired the side.
You wonder if the Phillies' inexplicable performance at the plate had Hamels' anger already kicked up a few notches before the seventh.
The bats were incredibly impatient on Sunday and it looked as if the Phillies had no plans on making Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin work for his victory. The Rockies' righty went 8 2/3 innings in an easy 86 pitches, and for just the second time this season, Chacin went a start without walking a batter.
The right-hander came in with a 6.13 ERA over his last eight starts, but he fell just one out shy from blanking the Phillies, who scored a couple of runs with two outs in the ninth inning.
With the loss on Sunday, Hamels became the first Phillies pitcher since Kyle Abbott in 1992 to pick up his 10th defeat prior to the All-Star break. The Phillies are also a staggering 2-13 in games that he has started this season.
The Phillies now come back home and welcome division rival Washington (34-34) -- and do so with little-to-no momentum.
Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game series:
Monday -- John Lannan (0-1, 6.14) vs. Dan Haren (4-8, 5.70)
Tuesday -- Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) vs. Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02)
Wednesday -- Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40)