Cole Hamels looks to put two miserable starts behind him on Saturday when the Philadelphia Phillies continue a three-game series with the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark.
After Hamels gave up five runs in five innings in an Opening Day loss to Atlanta, Hamels was hit even harder on Sunday against Kansas City, which reached him for eight runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"It's giving up runs," said Hamels, when asked what has frustrated him most. "Not giving the team the opportunity to win. When we're able to score runs early you want to keep the team in the ballgame. I wasn't able to do that.
"First and foremost, win the ballgame no matter who you're playing and who's pitching. We want to win. I wasn't able to do that for two straight games."
Hamels, who is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA on the year, is only 8-10 with a 3.36 ERA in 24 starts versus the Marlins.
Miami, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jose Fernandez, who was terrific in his big league debut on Sunday versus the New York Mets. The 2011 first round pick allowed just a run and three hits and struck out eight in five innings of that one. The bullpen, though, couldn't hold the lead for the 20-year-old phenom.
"I'm disappointed that the team didn't win. I don't really care about me," Fernandez said. "Every time I go out there, my job is to give the team a chance to win. We didn't win this time. Next time, we will."
In Friday's opener, Chase Utley tripled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, and Philadelphia topped the sputtering Marlins, 3-1. Domonic Brown added two hits and knocked in the other run for the Phillies, who have won three games in a row.
"(Jon Rauch) left a changeup up that I was able to get down the line and with Ben's speed, he was running on the pitch, he was going to score easily," Utley said.
Jonathan Papelbon earned his second save of the season by retiring the Marlins in order in the bottom of the 10th. Phillippe Aumont (1-0) picked up his first major league win after pitching the ninth.
Ex-Phillie Placido Polanco accounted for half of the Marlins' four hits and drove in their only run. At 1-9, Miami is off to the franchise's worst start since opening the 1998 season 1-11.
"I know the effort is there. I know guys are playing hard and working hard and trying to get on the other side of this thing. We just got to stay at it," said Miami manager Mike Redmond.
The Phillies have won three straight and eight of their last 10 against the Marlins.