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Cole Hamels has been one of the few bright spots during the Philadelphia Phillies' disappointing season.
The left-hander looks to end his season on a positive note Sunday when the Phillies conclude their road series with the Miami Marlins.
Though Philadelphia (79-79) will miss the playoffs for the first time in six years, Hamels (16-6, 3.11 ERA) set a career high for wins Tuesday after he allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 6-3 victory over Washington. Hamels is 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA in nine starts since losing to the Nationals on Aug. 2.
"He's had a big year for us," manager Charlie Manuel told the Phillies' official website. "I don't know where we'd be without him."
Hamels posted a 5.21 ERA while losing his first three starts against the Marlins this season before he tossed a seven-hitter during a 4-0 win at Miami on Aug. 13.
He looks to help the Phillies take this set after they snapped a three-game skid with a 9-5 win Saturday. Jimmy Rollins had three hits while Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz combined for five RBIs as Philadelphia overcame an early 3-0 deficit to win for the second time in seven games.
Rollins has batted .414 (12 for 29) in his last eight games versus Miami (67-91), which has lost 10 of 12.
The Marlins did not have to face slugger Ryan Howard on Saturday and won't in the finale after the Phillies announced he will miss the remainder of the season with a broken toe suffered Thursday when he dropped a metal pipe on his foot in the on-deck circle.
Howard, who missed the first three months of the season while recovering from Achilles surgery, hit .219 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs in 71 games.
"I know I'm a better hitter than that," Howard told the Phillies' official website. "But I think for being able to come in and try to do the best I could and contribute, considering everything that had gone on and not really having a spring training to properly get ready for the season, I look at that as a positive."
Scheduled Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.29) is 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA against the Phillies this season. The right-hander allowed five runs in four innings of a 9-7 loss at Philadelphia on Sept. 11.
That defeat is part of a current stretch where Eovaldi is 0-4 with a 4.91 ERA over six starts since winning at Colorado on Aug. 18. He is 3-6 with a 4.42 ERA in 11 starts since the Marlins acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Hanley Ramirez deal July 25.
Eovaldi, however, has yielded two runs and struck out 13 in 14 innings while not factoring in the decision of his last two starts - both versus Atlanta. He allowed those runs over six innings of a 4-3 loss at Turner Field on Tuesday.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his career-high 36th home run Saturday. The slugging outfielder is batting .448 (13 for 29) with four homers and nine RBIs against the Phillies at home this season.
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What a season for Cole Hamels.
He was clearly one of the few bright spots for the entirety of the year in Philadelphia, and that continued today as he fanned eight over seven innings in the Phillies 4-1 win. The victory gave him 17 on the season, a new career high. And with those eight strikeouts, he reaches 216 for the season, also a new high.
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MIAMI (AP) -- Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings to finish his season with a flourish, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday.
Hamels (17-6) allowed five hits and walked only one in his final start of the year for the Phillies (80-79), who need one win in the final three-game series at Washington starting Monday to finish...
At 17, I learned the truth …
That Cole Hamels was worth the big contract he signed mid-season.
The win moved Hamels to a season-best 17-6, going seven innings, one earned run, eight strike outs, one walk.
The Phillies scored three runs in the first inning, on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly, Carlos Ruiz double and a Nate Shierholtz single.
Hamels meanwhile retired the first 10 Marlin...
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The Phillies gave their starter a 3-0 lead...
Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed one run over seven innings to finish his season with a flourish, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Sunday.
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Cole Hamels wins his career-high 17th start as they Phils defeat the Marlins, 4-1.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins
Time: 1:10 PM, Marlins Park
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Just four games remain for the Phillies this year and they need this one if they want to make the push for a .500 season.
Funny how quickly things change. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating a playoff berth, then a World Series...
Final: Phillies 4, Marlins 1.
WP: Cole Hamels (17-6, 3.05 ERA) LP: Nathan Eovaldi (4-13, 4.30 ERA) SV: Jonathan Papelbon (38)
Most of the Phillies' scoring today came right in the top of the first inning. After Jimmy Rollins walked and Juan Pierre singled to center field, Chase Utley hit a sacrifice fly- RBI for the first run of the game. Carlos Ruiz followed with a RBI...