Carlos Ruiz roped a three-run double and Cole Hamels picked up his eighth win as the Phillies topped the Nationals, 5-4.
Well, it was only about time.
Hamels (8-13) wasn't at his best Saturday night — rather, he wasn't as incredible as he'd been over his previous eight starts. But hey, this guy deserved his team to pick him up
The offense did, picking up four runs and nine hits in six innings off Gio Gonzalez (10-7). The bullpen barely did, as five guys combined to somehow keep the Nationals from scoring the tying run over the final three frames.
Hamels pitched into the seventh and allowed just one Washington run until that inning, when he yielded three straight singles to load the bases. He was promptly relieved by Justin De Fratus, who induced a force at home on a groundout and a sacrifice fly. Cesar Jimenez then came in and gave up two runs, one earned charged to Hamels, on a single to Bryce Harper.
Enter B.J. Rosenberg. The Phillies should have had Harper picked up second, but instead he stole third. Then Rosenberg caught a break on a strike-three call on Wilson Ramos to end the frame.
Rosenberg got two more outs in the eighth before Jake Diekman got the final one. And Jonathan Papelbon was shaky in the ninth but ultimately picked up his 27th save.
Overall, Hamels allowed four runs (three earned), eight hits and three walks over six-plus innings. He struck out five en route to his fifth straight winning decision. His ERA over his last nine games is 2.18.
Cesar Hernandez, Jimmy Rollins, Ruiz, Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry Jr., who hit a solo homer, all had two hits apiece for the Phillies. Utley knocked in the Phils' fifth run with an RBI single in the seventh.
Sunday in the series finale, Tyler Cloyd (2-4, 4.56) opposes Jordan Zimmermann 17-8, 3.36).