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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tyson Ross went pitch-for-pitch with Cole Hamels only to watch his bullpen lose it at the end.
Reid Brignac hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Hamels and Ross matched zeroes, but didn’t get decisions. Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, struck out a season-high 11 and allowed five hits in eight shutout innings for the Phillies. Ross struck out seven in seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits.
“I felt real good and everything was working pretty well,” Ross said. “I was just trying to make quality pitches. As the game wore on, I tried to become more focused. They’re a good team with some good veteran hitters. I had to find ways to get them out.”
The Padres had a couple chances early, but Hamels pitched out of jams. Cameron Maybin led off the third with a double and advanced on Jace Peterson’s sacrifice, a drag bunt attempt. But Hamels fanned Ross and retired Chris Denorfia on a grounder.
San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Hamels struck out Maybin swinging to end the inning.
“That was a great pitcher’s duel,” manager Bud Black said. “Both guys were outstanding.”
The Padres, who have the worst batting average in the majors at .216, had just five hits and none after the fourth inning.
Carlos Quentin (1 for 29), Everth Cabrera (0 for 23) and Peterson (0 for 20) continued their slumps, going a combined 0 for 10 with six strikeouts.
Their inability to get a key hit wasted another strong effort by Ross, who lowered his ERA to 2.79.
“We’re seeing Tyson grow as a major league pitcher,” Black said. “He had really good stuff. I think he has one of the best sliders in the game.”
The Phillies have won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak May 17-20.
Jonathan Papelbon (2-1) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win.
Nick Vincent (0-2) walked Domonic Brown with one out and hit Carlos Ruiz on 1-2 pitch. Brignac then sent a 2-0 pitch into the right-field seats for his first homer with the Phillies and his second walk-off hit in two weeks. Brignac was 8 for 40 with 19 strikeouts before going deep.
“He fell behind (Brignac) and left it out over the middle,” Black said.
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