Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Carlos Ruiz drove in the lone run of the game and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies snuck past the Milwaukee Brewers, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Hamels (9-10) gave up just three hits to go with seven strikeouts and three walks to pick up his second straight win. Ryan Madson recorded his fifth save of the year.
The victory moved the Phillies, who have won four in a row and seven of eight, within one game of the NL East-leading Braves, who lost to the Marlins on Friday.
Chris Capuano (2-3) was solid in five frames, allowing one run on four hits to suffer the hard-luck loss. He also fanned four batters and walked two for Milwaukee, which has lost four straight.
After stranding runners on first and second in the first, Philadelphia scored a run in the second. Shane Victorino led off the frame with a fly ball to left-center field and the ball dropped between Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun for a double. Victorino moved to third on a Raul Ibanez groundout and crossed the plate on Ruiz’s grounder to short.
The Phillies had a great chance to add to their lead in the fourth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out. However, Ibanez struck out and Ruiz lined into a double play to keep it a 1-0 game.
Milwaukee didn’t record a hit off Hamels until the fifth. Casey McGehee hit a single up the middle with one out. Hamels, though, got Cain to ground into a double play.
The Brewers put men on first and second with two outs in the sixth, but Corey Hart grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Milwaukee continued to strand runners on base in the seventh. Braun walked and Prince Fielder singled to put men on first and second with nobody out. Hamels retired the next three batters to keep the Phillies in front.
Jose Contreras tossed a perfect eighth and Madson retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the victory for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia swept a three-game set in Milwaukee back in May…The Phillies started a seven-game homestand on Friday…Philadelphia reinstated outfielder/first baseman Ross Gload from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of utilityman Greg Dobbs from Triple-A Lehigh Valley…Hamels improved to 5-5 over 15 home starts this season. He is 4-2 lifetime against the Brewers…Capuano fell to 0-2 in his career against the Phillies.