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Sweep Success

Cole Hamels took the mound on Sunday looking for his first win of the young 2013 season. His team was coming off two straight wins against the Mets at Citi Field, and looking for their first series sweep of the year.

Carlos Ruiz finished serving a 25 game suspension for using a banned substance and was in the lineup today for the Phillies.

Hamels has been the victim of poor run support in 2013, but has kept the score close in every game he’s pitched. In fairness, though, he has been far from perfect and struggles with command from time to time.

He was no different today, working in and out of trouble. He would walk the bases loaded in one inning, and even walked opposing pitcher Jonathan Niese once.

He would finish the day with six walks, several coming after he was ahead in the count.

To his credit, Hamels allowed only one run on the day and it came in the first inning. He surrendered only two hits, but his six walks were troublesome. The Mets, however, went 1-5 on the day with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Offensively, the Phillies took a little while to get going. They did have the bases loaded in the first inning against Niese, but failed to score.

They finally tied the game at one with a solo home run from Freddy Galvis in the fifth inning.

With two outs in the seventh inning, Laynce Nix was sent up to pinch hit for Hamels and popped a ball foul to catcher John Buck. Buck could not make the catch however, and gave the Phillies new life.

Nix would single left field, and Jimmy Rollins would follow with a single of his own.

With two outs, Mets skipper Terry Collins decided to pull Niese from the game in favor of right handed reliever Scott Atchison. He also brought in Colin Cowgill to play centerfield as part of a double switch.

Charlie Manuel countered that by sending Ryan Howard to the plate to pinch hit for Kevin Frandsen who got the start at first.

Knowing full well that Howard was available to pinch hit, Collins opted to stick with Atchison instead of going with a lefty.

Howard made him pay for that with a double over the head of Cowgill in center and scoring Nix and Rollins. The Phillies led 3-1, but Chase Utley would single home Howard on a looping single to left centerfield to make it 4-1.

With a three run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Phillies bullpen again inherited a late game lead. They failed miserably to hold those leads earlier this week in losing three of four to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Today they made the lead stand up.

Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams and closer Jonathan Papelbon would allow just run base runner total in three scoreless frames.

It was a rebound of sorts for Adams, who did not record an out on Wednesday night, allowing the Pirates to take the lead for good. He would record a one, two, three eighth inning today.

The Phillies would tack on another run in the top of the eighth when John Mayberry Jr. singled home Domonic Brown, making the score 5-1.

Hamels earned his first win of the year and the team improved to 12-14, 4.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League Eastern Division.

They travel to Cleveland for an interleague series with the Indians starting Tuesday at Progressive Field.

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