Hamels Leads Phils to 3-2 Win in Game One

Behind Cole Hamels, the Phillies beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Wednesday night to take a 1-0 lead in the World Series.

Chase Utley got the offense started with a first inning home run to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead and from there, the Phillies relied on Cole Hamels.

Hamels threw 7 innings and allowed just two earned runs on four hits, with five strikeouts to get the win. Ryan Madson threw a perfect eighth and Brad Lidge made it 47 straight saves with a perfect ninth. Lidge put down the heart of the Rays order - Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford - to record the save.

Earlier in the game, Crawford launched a solo home run off of Hamels. The Rays got their first run on an RBI double by Akinori Iwamura.

After Utley homered, the only other run the Phillies could manage was on an RBI ground ball by Carlos Ruiz. It was one of the rare times that the Phillies didn't blow a big opportunity.

The Phillies were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position and they stranded 11 runners on the night. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard showed some rust that fans worried about the Phillies having after their week-long rest. The two combined to go 0-for-9 with 5 strikeouts and they stranded 9 runners on the night.

On the bright side were Jayson Werth, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz who each had two hits.

The loss went to Scott Kazmir, who threw six innings, giving up six hits and four walks while allowing three earned runs. Four relievers shut down the Phillies over the final three innings, but the Phillies Madson and Lidge did the same in their outings.

Game 2 will be Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Brett Myers gets the start for the Phillies and will be opposed by James Shields.

Be sure to check out the transcript of our Game 1 Blog that was carried live on PhillyBaseballNews.com. Read the blog.

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