Phillies 5, Red Sox 3

Cole Hamels was at his best after losing a lengthy at-bat.

Hamels cooled off Boston’s surging lineup with seven strong

innings, helping the Phillies beat the Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday to

salvage the finale of the weekend series.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who snapped a

six-game road losing streak with just their eighth win in their

last 24 games overall.

Adrian Beltre hit his ninth homer for Boston, which plated

double digits in each of the first two games of the series, winning

by a combined score of 22-4.

Hamels (6-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and

walked two, stopping a personal three-game skid. The left-hander

has yielded three runs or less in each of his last eight


It was an interesting contrast of pitchers between the

hard-throwing Hamels and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

“When he’s got a good fastball, that’s when he’s good. He was

good today, man. He beat a good team,” Phillies manager Charlie

Manuel said. “They really work the count on you, and they’ll take

the ball the other way. They’re a good team. They’re very


Hamels’ best inning may have been the sixth. He walked Victor

Martinez on the 15th pitch of the at-bat, putting runners on first

and third, but he got Beltre to bounce into an inning-ending double


“I probably should have drilled him on the first pitch. I’m

just kidding,” Hamels said. “He’s a tough hitter and after a few

pitches you just don’t want to give in. You keep going after him

and you’re hoping that all of a sudden he starts sitting on a

different pitch. I didn’t want to make it easy, and after that it’s

just grinding away. It’s going after the next guy.”

Boston manager Terry Francona was impressed with how Hamels

responded after Martinez’s walk.

“For him to do what he did after that shows what kind of

pitcher he is,” he said. “That can take a lot out of a


Wakefield (2-5) tossed 7 1-3 innings for Boston, allowing four

runs and five hits. The 43-year-old right-hander also became the

third active pitcher to reach 3,000 innings.

“That’s pretty special,” he said. “Unfortunately we lost

today. We were facing a tough guy over there in Cole Hamels.

Reaching 3,000 is pretty cool. There’s not many guys that can say


Jose Contreras relieved Hamels and pitched a scoreless eighth.

J.C. Romero was charged with two runs in the ninth, but Brad Lidge

got the final two outs for his fourth save.

Philadelphia, which had lost its last six games at Fenway Park,

strung together five consecutive hits during its four-run


“I know this: I know we can hit,” Manuel said. “We’ve been

hitting for five or six years, I know that. We hadn’t been hitting,

but we’re going to. I’ve got a lot of faith and confidence in our


Jayson Werth hit a tying RBI single and Ibanez belted the next

pitch into the Phillies’ bullpen in right to make it 3-1. Ben

Francisco doubled and Juan Castro added an RBI single.

It was a welcome sight for Philadelphia, which has had trouble

scoring the past few weeks.

Castro also hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 5-1.

Wakefield reached 3,000 innings when Shane Victorino flied out

in the third, joining Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer and the New York

Yankees’ Andy Pettitte as the only active pitchers to reach the

mark. Pettitte accomplished the feat on Friday night.

NOTES: Red Sox OF Daniel Nava almost wasn’t in the lineup one

day after he became the second player ever to hit a grand slam on

the first pitch of his initial major league plate appearance. But

Francona elected to rest OF Mike Cameron, bothered by an abdominal

strain. … Nava still didn’t have a name plate above his locker

Sunday morning. … The Phillies went 2-4 against the Red Sox this

season, with Hamels getting both wins. … Boston 1B Kevin

Youkilis, hit on the right arm by a pitch Saturday, was given the

day off. “He’s a little sore,” Francona said. … The Phillies

have Monday off before Roy Halladay faces New York ace CC Sabathia

at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. “That’s going to be a pretty good

matchup,” Manuel said. “That’ll be real good.”