The last time Cole Hamels threw a pitch with his team in the lead was April 7. It was a crisp Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, in the high 50s, with the wind gusting to center. The season was six games old. In the fifth inning, Billy Butler smashed a 92-m.p.h. Hamels fastball to left for a grand slam. Hamels pitched to eight more batters that day, a 9-8 Phillies loss to Kansas City, and suffered his second loss of 2013.

That was 44 days ago.

"That's amazing," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I wish I had the answer."

Hamels did not wish to answer any questions again Tuesday. He brushed past reporters Monday, declining comment, and was out the clubhouse door until a voice stopped him.

"Hambone!" Rich Dubee yelled.

The pitching coach wanted to offer words of encouragement after what was Hamels' best outing in 2013. He struck out 10, walked none, and would have continued pitching beyond six innings had a pinch-hitter not been required.

But Hamels has seven losses, most in the majors. The Phillies are 1-9 when he pitches. They have scored 27 runs in Hamels' 10 starts and a total of 15 runs in his last eight. Hamels' ERA during that stretch is 3.12. His record is 1-5.

"I'm sure it's confusing to him when he pitches like he did last night and it's hard for him to win," Manuel said. "That's the competitor in him, that's the part that was upset. He probably thought it was best that he didn't talk."


Spit take

The Internet was rife with conspiracy theories Monday night when the Phillies' telecast showed Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia spit on a baseball immediately after allowing a home run to Domonic Brown.

Manuel was not bothered by the incident.

"Not really," he said Tuesday. "It happens all the time. I didn't see it."