Roob's Instant Replay: Rockies 4, Phils 1
A couple late-game two-out home runs gave the Rockies a 4-1 win over the Phillies Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park and spoiled the Phils’ chances of their first sweep this year of a series of three or more games.
Chris Nelson’s two-run, two-out homer off Vance Worley in the top of the seventh gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead, and Wilin Rosario’s two-run shot off Michael Schwimer in the ninth made it a 4-1 game.
Worley was sailing along with a two-hit shutout with one out in the seventh when Tyler Colvin doubled down the left-field line and, after Jordan Pacheco bounced out, Nelson slammed a 2-1 pitch far over the left-center-field wall. Nelson’s homer came on the 106th of Worley’s 108 pitches.
Jimmy Rollins led off the first with his fifth home run, but the Phillies didn’t score the rest of the way against lefty Jeff Francis and four relievers. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, failing to score after leadoff doubles in the second by John Mayberry Jr. and in the eighth by Ty Wigginton.
The Phils fell to nine games out of first place in the N.L. East. after the Nationals closed out a 5-2 victory over the Rays. Starting pitching report
Despite making just one mistake, Worley remains winless since May 11, his last start since he went on the disabled list with bone chips in his throwing elbow.
Worley allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings, and in four starts since coming off the D.L., he’s pitched 24 innings, allowing 18 hits and six earned runs for a 2.25 ERA.
For the Rockies, one-time phenom Jeff Francis, trying to resurrect his career after years of arm troubles, allowed one run and six hits in five innings, walking none and striking out five. Francis, a 17-game winner in 2007, beat the Phillies in Game 1 of the 2007 Division Series. He’s won just 15 games since.Bullpen report
Schwimer retired one batter before allowing Rosario’s 11th homer, turning a one-run game into a three-run game.
Chad Qualls allowed two hits in the eighth but was bailed out by Jake Diekman, who got the last two outs in the eighth and the first out in the ninth before walking Todd Helton, who scored ahead of Rosario’s homer.At the plate
Rollins’ homer was the franchise-record 39th of his career leading off the first inning. Rollins also popped up to first with first and third and one out in the second and bounced into a 6-4-3 double-play in the seventh.
In April and May, Rollins had 10 extra-base hits in 49 games and hit .238. In June, he has 13 extra-base hits (eight doubles, two triples, three homers) and is hitting .321.
Mayberry had a second-inning double and fourth-inning single. He now has seven extra-base hits (three doubles, four homers) in his last seven games. He had 10 extra-base hits in his first 58 games. He’s 11-for-27 in his last seven games (.407).In the field
Rollins sprinted into left field to chase down a rapidly dropping pop up by Dexter Fowler that Juan Pierre couldn’t reach in the sixth.
Worley helped himself out in the second when he speared a shot from Chris Nelson up the middle and started a 1-6-3 double-play that bailed him out of a first-and-third, one-out situation.
Rockies shortstop Marco Scutaro robbed Mayberry of a third base hit with a divingStat’s incredible!
Rollins had just 10 extra-base hits in 49 games in April and May (eight doubles, two homers). He now has 13 extra-base hits in just 19 games in June (eight doubles, two triples, three homers). J-Roll’s homer leading off the bottom of the first was his 39th career leadoff homer, extending his own franchise record.Attendance
The Phillies announced attendance as 43,805. It’s their 238th consecutive official regular-season sellout. Including playoffs, the Phils have sold out 254 consecutive games.
The Phillies continue the 10-game homestand with three games against the Tampa Rays - a 7:05 p.m. start Friday, a 4:05 p.m. game Saturday and a 1:35 p.m. game Sunday.
Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) seeks that elusive first win of the year Friday vs. righty James Shields (7-4, 3.72), Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) faces righty Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82) Saturday, and Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) goes against lefty David Price (9-4, 3.08) in a very good Sunday afternoon matchup.