Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/13/12

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels threw seven strong innings in his first start back from suspension, Jimmy Rollins ended a long homerless drought and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Sunday.

Hamels (5-1) allowed one run and five hits, striking out five. The two-time All-Star left-hander was suspended five games by Major League Baseball after admitting he intentionally hit Washington rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch last week.

Rollins gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead with his 38th career leadoff homer, extending his franchise record. He blasted one out to right off Jeff Suppan (2-1) for his first homer this season. Rollins went 162 at-bats with hitting a homer, dating to last year and including the postseason.

Jonathan Papelbon struck out two out in a scoreless ninth for his 10th save in as many chances. The victory gave the last-place Phillies two of three from the Padres for Philadelphia's first series win since beating Atlanta two of three to start the month.

Suppan allowed three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in six innings.

A fielding error by San Diego third baseman James Darnell allowed Ty Wigginton to reach base in the second inning. Brian Schneider drove him in with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Padres cut it to 2-1 on an RBI groundout by Jesus Guzman in the third. Chris Denorfia hit a one-out double, stole third and scored on the grounder.

Juan Pierre doubled in Schneider to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Despite starting only 21 games, Pierre is only four hits behind Shane Victorino for the team lead.

San Diego manufactured a run in the eighth off Jose Contreras the same way they did in the third. This time, Guzman hit the double. He stole third and scored on Nick Hundley's groundout.

But reliever Antonio Bastardo ended the threat until Papelbon finished off the Padres.

Notes: Rollins' first homer came in Phillies' 35th game. It's the longest he went without a homer to start a season since 2004 when he hit his first in the 42nd game. That also came against the Padres. ... Hamels improved to 8-2 in 13 career starts against his hometown Padres. ... The Padres have scored three runs or less in 24 of 35 games this season, and two or fewer in 17. ... The Phillies improved to 4-14 when they score three or less. ... Philadelphia cleanup hitter Hunter Pence has one hit in his last 19 at-bats. His average has dropped from .274 to .243. ... Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay, who left Saturday's game because of tightness in his lower back, told manager Bud Black that he was feeling better. ... Padres third baseman Chase Headley got his first day off this season. Darnell started in his spot and made a costly error.

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