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PHOENIX (AP) -- Shane Victorino homered and drove in two runs and Cole Hamels pitched eight dominant innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 last night.
Hamels gave up one run on four hits, walked none and struck out nine. He won back-to-back starts for the first time since June 4.
Victorino hit a solo homer, his eighth, and added an RBI double and a single as the National League East leaders improved to a majors-best 19-5 in July.
The Phillies had to survive a shaky ninth inning by Brad Lidge, who picked up his 20th save in 26 opportunities.
Arizona ace Dan Haren entered with an NL-low 2.14 ERA. He lost for only the second time since May 12.
The Diamondbacks will try to prevent a series sweep when they meet the Phillies in Game 3 tonight at 6:40.