PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Phillies bullpen wasted a stellar start by Cole Hamels, and the relief effort put manager Charlie Manuel in a sour mood.
Hamels pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, but was lifted after tossing 111 pitches and Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-2 win over the Phillies in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
``That's our eighth inning guy,' Manuel said of Bastardo. ``I think right now, what you see is the pitchers that we have. That's the ones that we have in our minor leagues and up here. That's what it is.'
``You guys ought to sit in the dugout with me and give me all the scenarios,' Manuel added. ``I don't think we know them. I mean, we don't know how to manage the game. Like really, I think you should sit down there with us or tweet us (strategy) or something.'
In an outstanding duel with Rays left-hander David Price, Hamels pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings in his first appearance against the Rays since he was the MVP of the 2008 World Series.
``He's good, that's as good as I've seen him,' Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Hamels. ``His velocity was up, great command of everything else. He was very good.'
The left-hander said he felt good, but didn't dispute Manuel's decision to remove him.
``You just listen to your manager and go with their decision,' Hamels said. ``When you go out there, ultimately the pitch count is a factor in this day and age. And when you reach a certain point in the pitch count, they don't want to stress anything on your arm.'
``I felt really good, I was under control,' Hamels added. ``I still had the feel for all four pitches and I was able to throw them. Unfortunately, when you get to that sort of sacred number, you kind of understand that that's a part of the game. And you don't want to push it.'
Pena put the Rays ahead when he connected off Bastardo (2-2) for his 10th home run.
``I got a pitch I could drive and wanted to make sure I put a good swing on it,' Pena said. ``It wasn't exactly a great pitch to hit, but I hit it and I hit it well enough. It is so much fun, feels great to help your team out in such a way.'
Hamels put his support behind Bastardo.
``I'm always going to be positive and always looking for the best,' he said. ``You don't need anybody to try to doubt your team. That's not a very good teammates and I've never done that.'
Price (10-4) became the first AL pitcher to reach 10 wins this season. He went seven innings and gave up four hits, including Jimmy Rollins' homer in the sixth.
``David was outstanding, really, really good,' Maddon said. ``That's a great day's work.'
A duel between two of the top left-handers in the major leagues shaped up from the start. Price left trailing 1-0 before the Rays rallied.
Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances. Rollins reached second base with two outs after a single and stolen base, but Rodney struck out Hunter Pence swinging to end the game.
Rollins had three hits and Pence had a pair of doubles for the Phillies, who are 6-14 this month.
``It's hard for us to have a winning streak because of our pitching,' Manuel said. ``At the same time, we're weak in other areas, too.'
Hamels was 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay in 2008 when the Phillies won their title. He pitched even better on Sunday.
Hamels retired the first nine batters before walking B.J. Upton to lead off the fourth. After striking out Pena, Hamels surrendered his first hit to Jeff Keppinger - the play was originally ruled an error on third baseman Hector Luna and later changed to an infield single.
Hideki Matsui followed with a clean single to center and the bases were loaded when Ben Zobrist walked. But Hamels got Sean Rodriguez to fly out to end the threat in a 33-pitch frame.
``I would love to start and finish a game, but it can get very hairy to try to do that for a whole season and how long you'll last in your career,' Hamels said. ``You can't have one of those big innings where you throw the 20-25 pitches because that's going to hurt you. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that.'
Price allowed a pair of hits in the first inning, including Pence's double. Price retired 11 straight batters until hitting John Mayberry Jr. with one out in the fifth.
Rollins opened the sixth by hitting a changeup to left field for his third homer in as many games. Rollins slumped in April (.235) and May (.241) but raised his June average to .333.
Bastardo entered in the eighth in relief of Hamels and walked two of the first three batters he faced. Pena hit the first pitch over the fence in right field.
``I knew Bastardo had thrown a lot of pitches the last five days and just hoping he'd make a mistake right there,' Maddon said.
The Phillies got a run back in the bottom half on Ty Wigginton's RBI single off Burke Badenhop. Philadelphia had a chance to go in front with the bases loaded and two outs, but left-hander Jake McGee came on and got Michael Martinez to fly out to short right field.
The nightcap originally was scheduled for Friday, but was postponed due to heavy rain, wind and lightning after a 2-hour, 48-minute delay.
NOTES: Jim Thome, pinch-hitting for the Phillies in the eighth, was intentionally walked to tie Mickey Mantle for seventh place all-time with 1,733 walks. ... Hamels fanned seven to tie Hall of Famer Jim Bunning for sixth place on the Phillies' career strikeout list with 1,197. ... The Phillies recalled right-hander B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to the game and Tampa Bay recalled left-hander Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham. Both were recalled due to a new rule allowing teams to add an extra player for doubleheaders.
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