Hamels gets 16th win, with help of Ruf
- Updated: September 26, 2012
With the Phillies (78-76) all but out of postseason contention, Charlie Manuel gave Ruf a shot to show what he’s got in Tuesday’s series opener against the team with baseball’s best record. Playing left field for six innings, Ruf went 2-for-3 and started a string of five unanswered Phillies runs that ultimately decided the game.
Though he was not his sharpest, Cole Hamels pitched well enough to improve his record to 16-6, setting a new single-season career high in victories. The All-Star left-hander was unable to last six innings for just the third time in 30 starts, and the first time since July 27, needing 99 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits — all singles — and struck out six while walking just one.