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July 05. 2013 12:00AM


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PITTSBURGH — Major league loss leader Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking single and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Thursday.


Hamels (3-11) gave up one earned run and five hits, striking out eight without a walk. The former World Series MVP won for the first time since June 5.


Cole (4-1) lost for the first time in the majors after becoming the first Pirates’ pitcher to win his first four career starts since Nick Maddox in 1907. Cole allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.


Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning for his 17th save in 21 opportunities.


Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4, 15 innings


NEW YORK — Cliff Pennington hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks, boosted early by Gerardo Parra’s bunt double, outlasted the Mets to split an exhausting series at Citi Field.


Arizona scored in the final three innings but couldn’t close out the feisty Mets until Brad Ziegler retired Kirk Nieuwenhuis on a grounder with runners at second and third to end a game that lasted 5 hours, 46 minutes.


Anthony Recker and Nieuwenhuis hit tying homers in consecutive extra innings for New York, which dropped its final home appearance before hosting the All-Star game July 16.


In a span of four days, the teams played a 13-inning game, a 15-inning marathon and two others delayed by rain for a total of 3½ hours.


Chaz Roe (1-0) got the win. Scott Rice (3-5) took the loss.


Nationals 8, Brewers 5


WASHINGTON — Wilson Ramos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning for the Washington Nationals.


Back after missing 44 games with a strained left hamstring, Ramos had three hits and a career-high five RBIs as the Nationals earned a split of the four-game series and moved back above .500 in their seesaw season.


Ian Desmond, moved to the No. 2 spot in a lineup “epiphany” from manager Davey Johnson, had three hits, stole two bases and scored two runs. Taylor Jordan allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings in his second major league start, and Drew Storen (3-2) got the win despite blowing a 5-2 lead in the seventh.


Marlins 4, Braves 3


ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Donovan Solano singled to right in the top of the ninth, driving home Ed Lucas to lift Miami to a victory.


Marcell Ozuna hit a solo home run in the second inning and drove in another run with a single in the fourth during a three-hit night.




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