Pence homers twice, Hamels has strong start in win

Cole Hamels gave up five hits over eight innings and Hunter Pence hit a pair of two-run home runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 9-3 win against the Washington Nationals on Sunday night.

Hamels was in line for his 11th career complete game as he batted to lead off the ninth.

The Phillies' offense then batted around, scoring six runs, and Hamels was lifted for pinch-hitter John Mayberry when his spot came up the second time in the inning.

The Phillies snapped a seven-game losing streak against Washington dating back to last year and avoided the sweep in the three-game series.

Washington rookie Bryce Harper stole home in the first inning, just the latest in an already growing list of accomplishments for the 19-year-old. Of more concern to Washington will be the status of right fielder Jayson Werth, who left the game in the sixth inning after apparently injuring his left wrist while attempting a sliding catch.