Hamels Shuts Down Cubs to Lead Phillies

Feliz, Howard homer as Philadelphia gets back to .500
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 11:41 PM CDT
Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard, left, gets a pat on the back from Pedro Feliz after scoring a two-run home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game with the Chicago Cubs last night.    (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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(Newser) – Cole Hamels allowed one hit over seven innings, Pedro Feliz and Ryan Howard hit two-run homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 last night. Derrek Lee's double with one out in the fourth was the only hit off Hamels. Relievers Ryan Madson and Clay Condrey each allowed a single. Hamels (2-1) struck out five, walked two and got 13 outs on flyballs.

The Phillies won their second straight game without shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The 2007 NL MVP has been out of the starting lineup four straight games since he sprained his left ankle Tuesday. The defending NL East champs evened their record with their first series win in four tries. The Cubs have lost two in a row after winning five straight.