PHILADELPHIA — With the old Cole Hamels and the new Domonic Brown leading the way, the Philadelphia Phillies are .500 again.
Now, they’re looking to push forward.
Hamels had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, Brown hit another homer and the Phillies (30-30) beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep and even their record for the first time since they were 6-6.
“Getting back to .500 is key to starting over,” Hamels said. “We want to keep the same approach we’ve had, win series and fight for first place.”
Hamels (2-9) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak. The three-time All-Star lefty and 2008 World Series MVP hadn’t won since April 28 at the New York Mets.
Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh off A.J. Ramos (0-2). Ryan Howard followed with a two-run triple, diving headfirst into third.
Then Brown went downtown to make it 6-1. Brown has 10 homers in the last 12 games and leads the NL with 18.
“It feels good just trying to do my little part,” Brown said. “Ryan came up big. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks. We have a good lineup. Hopefully it catches and it’ll be a lot of fun.”
The Phillies (30-30) have their first four-game winning streak and will try to go above .500 for the first time when they open a four-game series at Milwaukee on Thursday night.
Hamels has been a hard-luck pitcher this season, and his record isn’t a true indicator of the way he’s pitched. The Phillies haven’t given him much run support and he didn’t pitch with a lead between his third and 11th start. Over those nine outings, he was 1-8 with a 3.24 ERA.
“I was trying to be too fine, trying to make perfect pitches,” Hamels said.
It was 1-1 when Hamels was lifted for pinch-hitter Delmon Young with one out in the seventh. Ben Revere followed with a single. One out later, Rollins gave Philadelphia the lead.
“Anytime you get two-out hits that score runs, it shows you can hit when the game is on the line,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We had a lot of life in the dugout.”
Plate umpire John Hirschbeck left the game in the bottom of the seventh after a pitch missed by catcher Miguel Olivo appeared to hit him in the right hand. Hirschbeck immediately slumped to the ground and walked off the field after a few minutes. He was replaced behind the plate by second base umpire Jim Reynolds.
Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer off Hamels in the fourth.
Marlins starter Jacob Turner allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He’s 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two starts.
“That’s two in a row now,” manager Mike Redmond said. “I’m very happy with him. He goes down to the minors, gets his work in, comes back and pitches well. I’m pumped for him.”
The Phillies gave Hamels a rare 1-0 lead when Erik Kratz doubled in John Mayberry Jr. in the second.
Mayberry started in right field for Young a day after hitting a tying homer in the 10th inning and a grand slam to win it in the 11th. He was the first player to homer twice in extra innings since Baltimore’s Mike Young in 1987.
NOTES: Hamels recorded his 23rd career double-digit strikeout game and second this season. ... Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is optimistic he’ll pitch this season for the Phillies after shoulder surgery last month. “In my mind, there’s no doubt that I won’t be back this year,” Halladay said. “There are still a lot of variables and unknowns. But my gut feeling is that I will be back and I can tell you that I feel a lot better than I thought at this point."... The Phillies are 9-4 vs. the last-place Marlins and 6-0-1 in series vs. Miami since being swept in a three-game set last June 29 to July 1 at Marlins Park. ... Marlins starting pitchers have a 2.12 ERA in 13 games vs. Philadelphia this season. ... Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) opens a four-game series for the Phillies in Milwaukee on Thursday night. ... The Marlins are off Thursday before going to New York for a three-game set against the Mets, who were swept in Miami last weekend.