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Hamels blanks Braves for his 12th victory

Philadelphia travels south to Miami this week for a three-game set, as the Marlins look to strengthen their grasp on the season series between the two clubs.

Miami has won six of nine meetings between the two teams this year, including each of the last five games. It's Miami's longest winning streak against Philadelphia since another five-game stretch from July 22-29, 2004.

The last time the two clubs met, the Marlins swept the Phillies in a three-game set from June 29-July 1, also at Marlins Park.

Philadelphia will have formidable lefty Cole Hamels on the mound on Monday, trying to buck that trend as he looks to follow up his first shutout of the 2012 season with another strong outing. His dominant performance, which came on Tuesday against the Braves, saw him allow just five hits while he struck out six and did not walk a batter.

"I thought he was going to face 27 there for a little bit," said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, who had one of the five hits in that game. "It was one of those nights. The guy makes a lot of money for a reason. He's pretty good."

Hamels is 6-10 with a 3.68 ERA in his career against the Marlins.

Miami will counter with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who is coming off a scoreless performance of his own. Eovaldi's, which came in New York, lasted just five-plus innings and saw him walk six.

"It was really just out of my windup," Eovaldi said. "Me and [pitching coach Randy St. Claire] have been trying to fix a couple of things out of the windup, a little bit of timing issues. Hopefully, going against Philly, I'll be throwing strikes."

The righty, 3-7 this year with a 4.33 ERA, lost to the Phils on July 16 when he gave up three runs over five innings when he was with the Dodgers.

Marlins: Lee coming through in the clutch
• Since he was traded to Miami from the Astros on July 5, first baseman Carlos Lee has posted a .485 (16-for-33) batting average with runners in scoring position.

He has 25 RBIs during that span.

• The Marlins optioned catcher Brett Hayes to Triple-A New Orleans after Sunday's game and will call up catcher Rob Brantly prior to Monday's game. After hitting .365 in 14 games with New Orleans, Brantly -- who was acquired from the Tigers before the Trade Deadline in the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal -- will be making his Major League debut.

Phillies: Horst reliable in the 'pen
• Eleven of left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst's 14 appearances out of the bullpen have been scoreless this season, including his first seven games (5 1/3 innings).

He threw two scoreless innings on Sunday, striking out three and earning his first victory of the year.

• Friday night began a stretch of 17 consecutive games for the Phillies without a day off.

• Hamels is 0-3 with a 5.21 ERA against Miami this year.

Worth noting
• Miami owns an 81-74 record against the Phillies in South Florida, but trails the all-time series, 169-143.

• The Marlins' current six-game homestand is the only stop in Miami amid a 22 games out of 28 stretch on the road. Following the Philadelphia series, Miami heads out for another 11-game trip that includes stops in Colorado, Arizona and Los Angeles. Comments