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Hamels Shuts Down Dodgers 2-0

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Cole Hamels struck out nine in eight strong innings and Ryan Howard homered to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

Hamels (8-2) allowed six hits and walked none while lowering his ERA to 2.58 and continuing his mastery of the Dodgers. He improved to 3-0 with a 1.18 ERA in five career regular-season starts against Los Angeles. He also is 3-0 in three career postseason starts versus the Dodgers.

Howard’s sixth-inning homer to right off Hiroki Kuroda (5-7) gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. The Phillies had gone a season-worst 65 1-3 innings without a home run, and Howard had been 0 for 13 with six strikeouts previously against Kuroda.

Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save in 14 chances.

Copyright 2011 by  The Associated Press.

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