On some days, if Cole Hamels could do it all, he would. But he is just one piece of a nine-piece puzzle that must perform.
An error in the third helped lead to the first run of the game. That was the only run that mattered.
Once Hamels exited the game after seven solid innings, the Nationals piled three more runs on the Phillies in a 4-0 loss on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.
Hamels had to duel with Stephen Strasburg. In the third, an error by Cody Asche allowed Jose Lobaton to reach base. He scored on an RBI single by Denard Span. The run was unearned.
It was the only hit Hamels allowed for some time, as he worked seven solid innings allowing just the unearned run on four hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Ken Giles took over in the eighth and had his worst outing since his call-up. Giles walked the lead-off hitter before allowing back-to-back RBI doubles to Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth. Giles was charged with a third run when Werth scored on a wild pitch by Jake Diekman.
Strasburg was dominant allowing three hits and one walk in seven shutout innings. He struck out 10 as well.
The Phillies finished with just three hits, two by Asche and one by Jimmy Rollins. The Phillies last hit came with two outs in the fifth inning. The Phillies lone walk came from Marlon Byrd in the seventh.
The Phillies fell to 49-63 on the season and split the series against the Nationals. They return home after a day off on Monday to face the Houston Astros in a three-game series starting Tuesday. Kyle Kendrick starts against Dallas Keuchel.
L: Cole Hamels (6-6)