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Apr 24, 2014 1:42 AM by Associated Press

Hamels loses to Dodgers in 1st start of season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Zack Greinke outpitched Cole Hamels with seven strong innings, Hanley Ramirez homered and Yasiel Puig drove in two runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Greinke (4-0) allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 11 and walking one batter intentionally.

Manager Don Mattingly tried to squeeze one more inning out of Greinke, but lifted him after Jayson Nix drove the right-hander's 108th pitch to left-center for a leadoff homer.

J.P. Howell got three outs in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save after the Dodgers picked up a couple of insurance runs in the eighth on Ramirez's leadoff homer to center and Justin Turner's RBI single off Shawn Camp.

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