When Cole Hamels pitches against the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field, he'll try to do something he has not done in more than a month. The veteran left-hander will take the mound in search of his second straight win.
Hamels surrendered only one run in seven innings during his last appearance against the Marlins, which turned out to be just his second win of the season. Hamels struck out a season-high 11 batters, and the Phillies backed him with five runs in the seventh inning to get him in the "W" column for the first time since April 28.
"Just being able to do that and keeping my pitch count down, that's what made it a lot easier to get through some situations unscathed," Hamels said after his last outing.
Hamels, who is 2-9 this season and has lacked support from his offense, will try to get a personal winning streak going and also try to help his skidding Phillies, who had a brutal weekend in Milwaukee. The Phillies entered the weekend winners of five straight, but lost three in a row to the Brewers, including a 9-1 defeat Sunday.
Opposing Hamels will be Twins right-hander P.J. Walters, who is making his fourth start of the season. In his last outing, Walters was saddled with his first loss, but did not allow an earned run.
"He also made pitches when he had to," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It wasn't the prettiest thing, but he competed pretty good and kept the game right there."
Phillies: Kratz hits DL, Lerud called up
Catcher Erik Kratz, who is second on the team with eight homers, landed on the disabled list Sunday after he hurt his left knee running to first base Saturday night. An MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear. The injury will require surgery, and the team is unsure how long Kratz will be sidelined. Catcher Steve Lerud was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot on the roster.
The Phillies' regular catcher, Carlos Ruiz, is also on the DL and has been hurt since May 19 when he strained his hamstring. Ruiz said he hoped to return by mid-June, but he has not scheduled any official rehab appearances.
With the losses of Kratz and Ruiz, Humberto Quintero will man the everyday duties behind the plate. Quintero accounted for the Phillies only run Sunday, as he hit a home run off of Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Lerud, meanwhile, played in three games for the Phillies last season for his only Major League experience. And the 28-year-old was hitting .221 at Triple-A.
Twins: Revere returns to Minnesota
Former Twins outfielder Ben Revere will return to Minnesota this week for his first action at Target Field since being traded to the Phillies in the offseason.
Revere was a first-round Draft pick by the Twins in 2007, and debuted for the club in '10. Revere played in a total of 254 games in a Twins uniform and had 275 hits and scored 127 runs scored in that span. He had his best season in '12 when he hit .294 to go along with a .333 on-base percentage.
For the Phillies this season, the speedy Revere is hitting .244 in 58 games.
• The Phillies have homered in 14 straight games (beginning May 27). This is their longest such streak since homering in 18 straight games in the World Series-winning season of 2008, when they did it from Sept. 3-22.
• Twins catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games, batting .294 (15-for-51) with three doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs in that span (seven two-RBI games).
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.