Hamels Looks to Continue Hot Streak

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Philadelphia Phillies (77-56) at Houston Astros (65-70)
Cole Hamels (8-8, 4.26 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (3-3, 6.61 ERA)

After losing the first two games, the Phillies must salvage a game of the series. They almost won last night's game, but Brad Lidge blew his Major League leading 10th save of the year. Still, the offense is lacking.

Cole Hamels will try to extend his hot streak. He has thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Hamels is 3-0 with a 4.41 ERA against Houston. Last year, Hamels gave up six runs in four innings at Minute Made Park.

The Phillies have been facing numerous tough pitchers lately. They might be catching a break with Bud Norris on the mound. Unlike Hamels, Norris is in the midst of a cold streak; he is 0-3 with a 13.11 ERA in his last three starts.

Today's Lineup: Chase Utley was listed as day-to-day with a swollen right foot, but he is in today's lineup. However, Shane Victorino is not. Victorino left last night's game with swelling in his knee.

Rollins (SS)/ Werth (CF)/ Utley (2B)/ Howard (1B)/ Ibanez (LF)/ Francisco (RF)/ Feliz (3B)/ Ruiz (C)/ Hamels (P).


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