MIAMI - The all-star break apparently didn't agree with Cole Hamels.
The lefthander, pitching on six days' rest instead of the customary four, surrendered a pair of solo home runs in yesterday's 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Florida Marlins.
Both homers, a fourth-inning shot by Jeremy Hermida and a game-tying, eighth-inning blow by Cody Ross, came on poorly located fastballs.
Hamels said precise location of his fastball was vital yesterday because the pitch lacked its usual zip. He blamed that on the extended rest he got over the all-star break.
"The time off hurt me," he said. "My body felt tight and I couldn't push it. If I had pushed it, I'd probably have ended up on the disabled list."
Without his best fastball, Hamels said he had to "battle and baffle" the Marlins. He allowed just four hits over eight innings but wasn't supported offensively.
The Marlins scored the winning run on Jorge Cantu's bases-loaded hit off Clay Condrey in the 11th.
Geoff Jenkins left the game after his bat broke at the handle and clubbed him on the right shoulder as he grounded into a double play in the sixth inning.
"It's all right, just a bruise," he said afterward.
Broken bats and the injuries they have caused have been a hot topic this season. Most of the attention has been on maple bats and how violently they shatter. Jenkins was using an ash bat.
"Light bats with skinny handles," manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's why they're snapping. I don't think it has anything to do with maple."
The Phils sent infielder Mike Cervanek to triple A and officially activated Brett Myers, who will start against the Mets in New York on Wednesday.
Joe Blanton will pitch the opener tomorrow night; Jamie Moyer will get the call in Thursday's finale. The Mets will go with Johan Santana, John Maine and Oliver Perez.