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Oswalt hit hard as Phils fall

Phils starter Roy Oswalt was less than spectacular in his return, allowing three runs on 10 hits through six innings. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Roy Oswalt’s return from the disabled list wasn’t quite what the Phillies envisioned.

Oswalt was hammered for three runs on 12 hits in six innings in the Phils 3-1 loss to the Giants in their sweep bid. Oswalt also issued two walks and struck out four.

Oswalt started off doing superb. He got the Giants out in order on only seven pitches. But the wheels began to come off a few innings later.

Chris Stewart hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. Orlando Cabrera and Jeff Keppinger followed in the fifth and sixth innings with RBI sacrifice flies. The Phillies lone RBI came on a Chase Utley single that plated none other than Oswalt.

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Cain’t Handle the Giants

Matt Cain settled in and Cole Hamels did not.

That was the difference maker in game three as the Phillies lost to San Francisco, 3-0, as the Giants took a 2-1 series lead.

Cain was spectacular through seven, allowing only two hits but got a little wild with three walks and a hit batter. Cain did strike out five and didn’t allow a hard-hit ball in his outing.

Hamels’ day was done after the sixth. The left-hander was perfect through the first three innings before Edgar Renteria’s lead-off single. He went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out eight. Hamels was dominant but the lack of any support offensively did the Phils in.

The Giants got on the board first with an RBI single by Cody Ross in the fourth. Ross is now 4-for-9 with three homers and four RBIs. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cody Ross got to the Phils again with an RBI single in the fourth with two outs to get San Fran on the board. Aubrey Huff then followed up with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Giants added another run in the fifth when Aaron Rowand hit a lead-off double. A couple batters later, Freddy Sanchez drove in Rowand to make it a 3-0 game.

Philadelphia finally got to Cain the seventh after he settled down but failed to capitalize. After Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch with two outs and Ross Gload forced a pinch-hit walk, Cain got Shane Victorino to ground out with a full count to end the threat.

The Giants went to the pen with Javier Lopez and Brian Wilson for the final two innings. After Lopez breezed through the eighth, Wilson closed out the ninth inning, getting Raul Ibanez to ground into a game-ending double play.

Ibanez has turned into the goat of the line up, batting .158 (3-for-19) in six playoff games. Against the left-handed Madison Bumgarner tomorrow, Charlie Manuel needs to bat Ben Francisco in game four.

WP: Cain. LP: Hamels. S: Wilson.

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