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Hamels Holds Off Padres

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins crosses home plate after hitting a home run to lead off the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Phillies 3, Padres 2
WP – Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28)
LP – Jeff Suppan (2-1, 1.69)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (10)

It seemed like ages the Phillies won a series.

They did just that, taking the rubber match on Mother’s Day against the Padres, winning 3-2 thanks some great pitching from the starters once again.

Cole Hamels, fresh off a suspension, did not skip a beat in his first start since the Bryce Harper incident.

He was backed by enough run support, pitching seven innings. He allowed a run on five hits and struck out five on the afternoon.

The Phils jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two innings. Jimmy Rollins led off with a solo home run to right field in the 1st, his first of the season, and Brian Schneider hit an RBI single in the 2nd.

Hamels allowed his only run in the 3rd inning. Chris Denorfia hit a one-out double and stole third base before scoring on a ground out by Jesus Guzman.

The Phillies added onto their lead with an RBI double by Juan Pierre in the 5th, going ahead 3-1.

The Padres managed a run in the top of the 8th. After Guzman hit a one-out double and stole third, Nick Hundley drove him home on a ground out to Rollins to cut the Phillies lead to 3-2.

Jonathan Papelbon came in to pitch the 9th for his 10th save in as many chances this season, solidifying the win and series.

2B: Schneider (1), Pierre (1). HR: Rollins (1).

Boxscore.

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