Hard to believe that the Phillies could go 10 straight innings without scoring a run and still come out with a victory Monday night, but that’s the way it was at Turner Field. Ryan Howard homered in the second inning and drove in his team’s second run of the game in the top of the 13th inning.

Howard’s RBI in the 13th -- on a ground ball through first baseman Freddie Freeman’s legs -- got a five-run inning started and the Phillies came away with a 6-1 win.

With the 13th inning uprising, the Phillies picked up closer Jonthan Papelbon, who was charged with just his second blown save of the season and first since the opening week. The rest of the Phillies' bullpen -- Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands and Antonio Bastardo -- was strong in holding the fort until the Phillies' 13th-inning rally, which was aided by Freeman’s error.

Cole Hamels was also exceptional, tossing seven shutout innings. He has not allowed a run in 22 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

“I’m really able to make pitches when I need to,” Hamels said. “I’m having success getting the first guy out in innings and that’s allowed me to be aggressive.”

It’s not hard to believe that Hamels didn’t get the win.

Run support continues to be a problem for this guy, but he’s used to it.

“I sort of have the frame of mind I’ve always had,” Hamels said. “I try to eliminate runs scored on my end. I can’t afford to worry how many we score. I just try to put up as many zeroes as I can.”

Here’s something else that’s hard to believe: Despite being eight games under .500, the Phillies are just 5½ games off the pace in the NL East.

That’s why this was a big win to start a seven-game trip. Had the Phillies lost it, they would have slipped to 7½ back.