The Philadelphia Phillies have hit a rough spot after their best stretch of the season.
So have the Minnesota Twins.
Cole Hamels will try to build on his first victory in more than five weeks Tuesday night when the Phillies and Twins open their three-game series in Minneapolis.
After a five-game winning streak helped the club move above .500 for the first time in 2013, Philadelphia (31-33) dropped its final three games at lowly Milwaukee over the weekend.
"We've got to stay up and just keep playing," manager Charlie Manuel said after Sunday's 9-1 defeat. "We'll see if we can't take it out on Minnesota.''
Hamels (2-9, 4.56 ERA) gets the ball in the opener after ending a career-worst six-start losing streak with a season-high 11 strikeouts in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over Miami. The left-hander gave up one run and four hits in seven innings for his first win since April 28.
"I was trying to be too fine, trying to make perfect pitches,'' Hamels said of his previous struggles.