Cole Hamels' only loss of the season came at home against the Miami Marlins. It was also in his first start of 2012.
Hamels gets a chance to avenge that defeat and become the majors' first nine-game winner Saturday when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Marlins.
Hamels (8-1, 2.43 ERA) began his season with a 6-2 loss to Miami (29-23) on April 9, allowing four runs - three earned - and eight hits with nine strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.
He hasn't lost since.
The left-hander is 8-0 in his last nine starts, compiling a 2.22 ERA while limiting opponents to a .210 average. He's tied for the most wins in baseball with St. Louis' Lance Lynn, also scheduled to start Saturday afternoon.
Hamels won his fifth consecutive start Monday, allowing four runs in eight innings of an 8-4 victory at New York. That performance came a day after teammate and two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was lost for six to eight weeks because of a strained right shoulder.
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