Cole Hamels barely beats Lance Lynn to eight wins

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Cole Hamels had the major league lead in victories all to himself for a good 15 minutes or so.

Hamels pitched eight innings and allowed four runs Monday as the Phillies beat the Mets 8-4, moving him to 8-1. Not long afterwards, the Cardinals finished up their 8-2 victory over the Braves, with Lance Lynn improving to 8-1 in the process. Both games started at 1;10 p.m. EDT, but the Phillies wrapped up their victory sooner.

Lynn did turn in the slightly better performance today, allowing two runs in seven innings and matching his season high with eight strikeouts. He has a 2.54 ERA, while Hamels is at 2.43.

Of course, while those two lead the majors in wins, there are 10 starters with better ERAs than Hamels and a few more ahead of Lynn. Atlanta’s Brandon Beachy tops the majors with a 1.77 ERA, but he’s 5-3 in 10 starts. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster is fourth with a 2.14 ERA, yet he’s winless in eight starts on the season.