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Phils held to four hits in loss

A's starter Trevor Cahill, 23, earned his eighth win of the year against the Phils. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Last night was a fluke. A team cannot manage only four hits and expect to come away with a win.

Tonight proved that as the Phils again managed four hits and a run but lost to Oakland, 4-1.

Cole Hamels allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strike outs scattered over eight innings. But the offense wasted the effort, landing Hamels an undeserved loss.

The Phils struck first in the bottom of the 2nd when Carlos Ruiz drove in Ryan Howard on a two-out RBI single. Ruiz’s hit was the first of the game for the Phils but the A’s would out-hit the Phils 9-3 in the final seven innings.

Oakland tied the game in the top of the 3rd on a solo home run by Adam Rosales. They tacked on one more in the 4th off an RBI single by Scott Sizemore that scored Coco Crisp and gave them the permanent lead.

The A’s scored two more in the top of the 9th off reliever Michael Stutes. Mark Ellis hit an RBI single and Crisp drove in the fourth run on a sacrifice fly.

The Phils got a little life in the bottom of the 9th. Shane Victorino hit a one-out double. After Raul Ibanez was walked, Domonic Brown hit into a game-ending double play off Andrew Baily, earning him his fifth save of the season.

Trevor Cahill got the start for Oakland, pitching 7 2/3 innings while allowing a run on three hits and three walks while striking out six.

2B: Gload (2), Victorino (11).

WP: Cahill (8-5). LP: Hamels (9-4). S: Bailey (5)

Boxscore.

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