Marlins 5, Phillies 4

Hanley Ramirez and the Miami Marlins are the only ones who have

been able to figure out Cole Hamels this season.

Ramirez hit two homers, both off Hamels, and drove in three runs

to help the Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on


Hamels (8-2) gave up a season-high five runs and seven hits in 6

2-3 innings. He is 0-2 in two starts against Miami and 8-0 in nine

starts against everyone else.

”We faced one of the best pitches in the game right now and we

handled him pretty well,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Ricky Nolasco (6-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in

seven-plus innings, helping the Marlins to their sixth win in eight

games while denying Hamels his ninth victory.

”I told the coaching staff Nolasco better bring his `A’ game

today because we know Cole is going to throw well,” Guillen said.

”After the first couple of innings, he pitched well. He kept us in

the game and gave us a chance to win.”

Nolasco improved to 6-1 in seven career starts at


”Even just watching games here, it’s so exciting,” Nolasco

said. ”The fans sell it out. If you don’t enjoy pitching here,

whether you’re a visitor or if this is your home team, then

something is wrong with you.”

Jose Reyes had an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 13


Hunter Pence homered for the second straight game for the

Phillies, who lost for the third time in 10 games.

Ramirez homered in his second straight at-bat in the sixth, a

two-run shot to left, to give Miami a 4-3 lead. After Omar Infante

led off the inning with an infield single, Ramirez drove Hamels’

2-2 changeup into the seats in left for his 12th career multihomer


”Hanley is a good hitter – one of the best hitters in the

game,” Guillen said. ”He’s got some credentials. Hanley is good

against anybody; there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that kid can


Ramirez said he didn’t do anything different against Hamels.

”You don’t change your approach,” he said. ”You just go out

there looking for a good pitch to hit and it’s what we’ve been


Reyes increased the lead to two runs with a two-out RBI double

to left that put Miami up 5-3 and spelled the end for Hamels.

”They are a good team, but I think that both games that I

pitched against them, it’s a matter of making too many mistakes,”

Hamels said.

It was the left-hander’s first loss since his first start, a 6-2

defeat against Miami on April 9. Hamels was attempting to become

the first nine-game winner in the majors.

”I felt like he got a little bit out of whack the last two

innings he pitched,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies got a run back in the eighth. Jimmy Rollins led off

with a triple to right and Juan Pierre walked to put runners on

first and third. Guillen lifted Nolasco for Steve Cishek. Pence hit

a sacrifice fly off Cishek, scoring Rollins, but the right-hander

sandwiched strikeouts of Carlos Ruiz and Ty Wigginton around a walk

to Shane Victorino to preserve Miami’s lead.

Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 15

chances. Bell allowed the tying run to reach second with one out,

but got pinch-hitter Brian Schneider and Rollins to pop out.

Pierre scored in the first on Ruiz’s groundout to give the

Phillies a 1-0 lead. Ruiz entered leading the majors in batting at


Rollins’ RBI infield single in the second and Pence’s leadoff

homer to right in the third put Philadelphia ahead 3-0.

The Marlins got a pair of runs back in the fourth on Ramirez’s

leadoff homer to left-center and Justin Ruggiano’s RBI double to

right. Umpires reviewed Ramirez’s shot to see if a fan interfered

with the ball, but confirmed it was a homer after a short


”Hanley is a great hitter,” Nolasco said. ”He started off

slow but he’s been coming around. He’s seen Cole Hamels a lot and

maybe that had something to do with it, but he put together two big

at-bats that were pretty much the whole game for us.”

Ramirez is batting .444 (20 for 45) in his last 12 games.

”We’ve been playing pretty good baseball, so we’re going to try

to continue to do that,” Ramirez said. ”Everybody is having fun

and everybody is together. That’s what you can call a team.”

NOTES: Jose Contreras’ season is likely over after an MRI

revealed the Phillies reliever has a torn UCL and flexor pronator

tendon in his right elbow. The 40-year-old Contreras had right

elbow surgery last year. He reinjured the elbow in the seventh

inning Friday night while facing Infante. The crowd of 45,509 was

the Phillies’ 230th straight regular-season sellout and 246th

counting postseason play. … Philadelphia fell to 0-20 when

trailing after seven innings. … Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (3-3,

3.00 ERA) is scheduled to face Phillies RHP Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05)

on Sunday in the finale of the three-game set.