If Cole Hamels is feeling frustrated by the lack of support from his teammates, he did a pretty good job masking it after Sunday afternoon’s 6-1 loss to Washington at Nationals Park.

Though he was masterful through six innings, trading zero after zero on the scoreboard with Nats ace Stephen Strasburg while working on a three-hit shutout, Hamels didn’t get the runs he needed.

Actually, Hamels didn’t get any runs …

Again.

Hamels hasn’t pitched with the lead in any game since April 7 and has received just 20 runs of support in 69 innings. In his last nine starts, the lefty has a 3.40 ERA. The opposition has a 2.02 ERA against the Phillies in those games. Through six innings, the offense produced just three singles, and Hamels had hit one of them.

When the bottom fell out in the five-run seventh, the Phillies then failed to support Hamels in the field. Errors by Michael Young and Delmon Young and a bang-bang play at first fielded by second baseman Freddy Galvis gave the Nationals the opening they needed.

As a result, Hamels fell to 1-8, allowing five runs (just three of which were earned) on six hits and a walk (see Instant Replay).

“He pitches his ass off for us every time,” said Kevin Frandsen, who started at first base for the ailing Ryan Howard (see story). “As his teammates, sooner or later we’re going to come through for him. Obviously, it’s kind of like what happened with Cliff (Lee) last year. We didn’t score for him and he pitched his ass off for us.”

Hamels struck out the side in the first inning and recorded five of his first six outs on whiffs. He also greeted 20 of the 26 hitters he faced with first-pitch strikes. Through six innings, the Nationals got two hits from Strasburg on a lucky-bounce, cue-shot of a double and an infield single. When Ryan Zimmerman beat out a weak grounder to Galvis to open the seventh, the Nats made the most of their chances by simply putting the ball in play.