Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston clubbed back-to-back homers with one out in the seventh inning to break up a no-hitter from Cole Hamels as San Diego downed Philadelphia, 3-1, to split a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Wade LeBlanc (3-4) gave up just four hits and a walk with two strikeouts over seven scoreless frames to snap a four-start losing streak for the Padres, who won the last two of the series. Gonzalez hit a pair of homers, also connecting off Danys Baez in the ninth inning.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District Students, Staff To Resume Masking As COVID Cases Continue To Rise In City
Hamels (5-5) was the hard-luck loser as he gave up just two runs on three hits with a pair of walks and six strikeouts over eight innings for the Phillies, who have dropped six of eight. Placido Polanco had two hits and scored the only run on Ryan Howard’s double in the ninth inning.
Heath Bell then fanned Jayson Werth to end the game and logged his 16th save.
The Padres made their first hits of the game count as Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch just over the wall in left and Hairston followed by clubbing a hanging curve deep into the seats in left for a 2-0 lead.
Coming into the seventh having retired 11 straight, LeBlanc kept up his solid effort with another 1-2-3 inning. Luke Gregerson relieved LeBlanc in the eighth and set the Phils down in order, including a diving catch by Chris Denorfia on a Ross Gload sinking liner to right to end the inning.
Gonzalez made it a 3-0 game in the ninth with a blast to left on a 3-2 pitch, his 13th home run of the season.READ MORE: West Philly Double Shooting Leaves 30-Year-Old Man Dead, Teen Hospitalized: Police
The Phils loaded the bases in the first inning with one out, but Werth grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Philly got a leadoff single from Raul Ibanez in the second, but Carlos Ruiz flied out and Wilson Valdez lined out to right with Ibanez getting caught off the bag for the double play.
Hamels was cruising through his start as over the first six innings he only allowed two men to reach base, walks to LeBlanc in the third and Gonzalez in the fourth.
LeBlanc was matching Hamels’ effort. After giving up a one-out single to Shane Victorino in the third, he retired the final 14 batters he faced.
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