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SF@PHI: Hamels fans 10 over eight dominant innings

Two skilled lefties will face off in the Phillies-Giants series opener at AT&T Park on Friday.

Cole Hamels gets the ball for Philly while Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for San Francisco as the two sides begin a three-game set.

Bumgarner, 25, has gone the distance in each of his last two outings and has allowed three earned runs on nine hits over those 17 innings. He twirled his third complete game of the season in his last outing, but it wasn't enough as the Royals triumphed, 4-2. He allowed four runs (three earned) in eight innings and struck out five.

He's 13-9 with a 3.22 ERA after 25 starts this season.

"I thought he did a great job," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Bumgarner's last outing.. "After the first inning, he pitched great. ... He gave us all he had out there. He gave us a chance to win."

Hamels, meanwhile, allowed five hits, one run and three walks and struck out five Saturday against the Mets. A lack of run support has him stuck on six wins. He beat the Giants on July 24 when he allowed one run and struck out 10 in eight innings.

"He's on a terrific run," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He goes out and just pitches his tail off. He's very consistent. He has good stuff again. ... You almost come to expect it. He definitely gives us a chance to win every time he goes out there. We're just coming up short on the run support."

Phillies: Ruf receiving sporadic playing time
It sounded a few weeks ago like the Phillies' Darin Ruf would receive fairly consistent playing time the rest of the season, but it hasn't happened that way.

Since he started three consecutive games at first base from July 23-25, Ruf has started just four of the Phillies' last 18 games: twice at first base and twice in left field.

The right-handed-hitting Ruf did not start on Wednesday night against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver at Angel Stadium, despite going 3-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs, one walk and one hit by pitch in the past two games.

"Weaver is extremely tough on right-handed bats," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Giants: Club hopes Belt turns corner in recovery
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt underwent an examination Wednesday to determine the extent of his recovery from his second encounter in a month with post-concussion syndrome.

Results of the tests were not immediately known, though Bochy tried to remain optimistic.

"Our hope is that he turns the corner in the next day or two and we start to see some progress," Bochy said.

Belt missed 12 games during July's stint on the disabled list as he weathered the concussion he suffered July 19. Bochy was reluctant to surmise that the 26-year-old, who missed his fifth consecutive game, would return more quickly this time.

"I can't assume that until our doctors tell us what they think," Bochy said.

Worth noting
• Bumgarner beat the Phillies with eight scoreless innings July 23. He has a 2.89 ERA and 2-2 record in four career starts vs. Philadelphia.

• Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins had started 893 regular-season games together for the Phillies at first base, second base and shortstop, respectively, which are the most games started together in the field by three teammates at those positions in Major League history.

• The Giants have hit just two home runs in their past eight games and eight homers in their past 19 contests. Comments