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NEW YORK – Cole Hamels pitched his third straight gem and was backed by a rare offensive explosion as the Phillies beat the New York Mets, 6-0, at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

All six of the Phillies’ runs came on home runs, one a grand slam by Chase Utley.

The Phillies are 47-60, last place in the NL East.

The Mets are 51-56.

Starting pitching report
Hamels (6-5) pitched eight shutout innings and scattered six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight. He retired the last 13 in a row.

Over his last three starts, all wins, Hamels has pitched 23 innings and allowed just two runs. He has 27 strikeouts and one walk over that span.

Since June 1, Hamels has a glistening 1.58 ERA (15 earned runs in 85 2/3 innings) over 12 starts. He has 89 strikeouts and 24 walks over those 12 starts. His record is just 5-2 over those 12 starts. The team is 8-4.

Mets right-hander Dillon Gee allowed five runs over 6 2/3 innings to take the loss.

Bullpen report
Ken Giles pitched the ninth for the Phillies.

Lefty Josh Edgin came in after Gee allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the seventh. He gave up a two-out grand slam to Utley.

At the plate
Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore hit solo homers in the third and fourth innings, respectively, and Utley boomed his fifth career grand slam with two outs in the seventh. Utley has nine home runs in 41 career games at Citi Field.

Rollins has 14 home runs on the season. Utley has nine.

Byrd rests
Marlon Byrd had started 26 straight games before getting a rest on Tuesday night. Byrd said his left foot, the target of a couple of foul balls in recent days, was fine. He remains a prime trade candidate (see story).

Up next
Kyle Kendrick starts Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64).