- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels was at a loss for words after a 4-1 loss at St. Louis on Saturday.

Hamels threw well, but came up on the short end of a hard-fought pitchers’ duel with St. Louis righty Adam Wainwright.

Hamels refused to speak with reporters after the 120-pitch effort. He surrendered three runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings and left trailing 2-1 after giving up a run-scoring double to Matt Holliday.

Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg was more than happy to praise Hamels.

“He was outstanding. He made big pitches when he had to,” Sandberg said.

Holliday was also impressed.

“He was on his game. He used that changeup as his bread-and-butter,” Holliday said.

Hamels appeared agitated at times during the game and offered a terse, “No,” when asked if he would speak after the game.

Philadelphia catcher Carlos Diaz said home plate umpire Larry Vanover, “was a little inconsistent,” which could have been the reason for Hamels’ sour demeanor.

“Possibly a couple of borderline pitches,” Sandberg said.

Hamels had two hits, including a fifth-inning double.

“He did a lot of things to help himself win the game,” Sandberg said.

Wainwright tossed eight strong innings, and Holliday broke an eighth-inning tie with a run-scoring double to snap the Phillies’ season-high five-game winning streak.

Wainwright (10-3) allowed one run and six hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter for the Cardinals, who broke a three-game losing streak. He pitched on 10 days’ rest after missing a start due to elbow tendinitis.

“That was the right decision,” Wainwright said of skipping an outing. “I felt real good all game. Sometimes you never know how you’re going to respond when you haven’t thrown very much. But I was fine. The only time I even felt anything in my arm at all was my first swing where Hamels jammed me and I grounded to third.”

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