AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Cole Hamels wasn't about to give the ball to Charlie Manuel with the game on the line.
He didn't have to.
Hamels threw eight sharp innings, Michael Young hit a two-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Hamels (4-11) allowed one run and six hits to win his second consecutive start for the first time this season. The three-time All-Star lefty has struggled in his first full year after signing a $144 million contract extension last July.
Hamels worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth. After a conference with the entire infield and Manuel, Hamels struck out Ryan Zimmerman and retired Jayson Werth on a deep fly to center.
"I said: 'I'm not here to take you out. I just want to look at you,'" Manuel said. "I said: 'You got him.' He grinned and said: 'I got him.'"
An enthusiastic crowd of 33,502 -- much smaller than the sellouts that used to be common at Citizens Bank Park -- gave Hamels a standing ovation as he walked off the field.
"That was the most exciting eighth inning I've had in a long time, especially with it not being a sellout and it sounded like 60,000 fans were here," Hamels said. "It was awesome."
Werth hit a solo homer for Washington. The defending NL East champs have lost two straight and are only 1
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