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Hamels Coughes Up Lead in 6th; Phils Swept

Cole Hamels slides in safely on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3
WP – Aaron Harang (5-3 , 3.95)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93)

PHILADELPHIA — Nothing is going right for the Phillies, and it’s starting to look ugly.

The Phillies dropped a season worst sixth straight time, getting swept in the four-game series to the Dodgers with their 8-3 loss this afternoon.

Nothing has been going right for Cole Hamels either, who gave this game away in a bad 6th inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead, runners on first and second and one out, James Loney hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Hamels allowed back-to-back RBI singles for the tying and go ahead runs to Tony Gwynn Jr and Matt Treanor, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

It erased a three-run 3rd inning by the Phillies. They scored on an error, a Ty Wigginton sacrifice fly and Mike Fontenot RBI single to give them a 3-0 lead.

Hamels finished the game pitching six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out six. He hasn’t been pitching well his last three starts, allowing 12 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings pitched, pumping his season ERA up to 2.93.

The bullpen didn’t do much better as Chad Qualls and the defense completely melted down in the top of the 9th inning. The Dodgers put up four, expanded the lead to 8-3 and completely buried the Phillies.

Boxscore.

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