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Phillies Vs. Dodgers, Game 4: Can Cole Hamels Stop The Skid?

The Philadelphia Phillies are mired in a five-game losing streak, their longest of the season. Perhaps more shocking is their place in the standings. After five straight trips to the playoffs, the Phillies are more than two months into the season sitting two games under .500 and six games back from what most assumed to be their rightful place atop the National League East. Tasked with starting a turnaround is Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81 ERA).

The left-handed pitcher's last outing started the skid. He gave up five earned runs in six and two-thirds innings in a loss to the Miami Marlins, only his second loss of the season. Hamels has allowed 14 hits, nine earned runs, and four homer runs in his last two starts. The Los Angeles Dodgers, playing without Matt Kemp, could be just what Hamels needs. In five career starts against L.A., the lefty is 3-0 with a 1.18 ERA.

Aaron Harang is on the hill for the Dodgers. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA this season. He won his last start, and has allowed only two earned runs in his last two starts.

The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Fans who cannot make it out to Citizens Bank Ballpark can catch the game on Comcast Sports and the MLB Network.

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