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(Friday, September 7th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Colorado 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Laynce Nix delivered off the bench with a game-tying, two-run double in the seventh inning and a pinch-hitting Nate Schierholtz plated the winning run with a walk-off single in the ninth, as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, at Citizens Bank Park.
Jimmy Rollins worked a walk to begin the home half of the ninth and reached second base on a sacrifice bunt by Juan Pierre. Rollins and Chase Utley, who was intentionally walked, both advanced when Colorado reliever Will Harris (1-1) uncorked a wild pitch.
Schierholtz, hitless in his previous 15 at-bats, ripped Harris' next offering through the hole on the right side of the infield, sending the Phillies to their 10th win in 14 games.
"I just came up, worked the count," Schierholtz said. "I knew I had to put it in play. I got a 3-2 curveball. It's exciting to get a big hit."
Cliff Lee started Friday's series opener for Philadelphia and overcame a sluggish first inning to pitch into the seventh. Jonathan Papelbon (4-6) picked up the win after facing the minimum in the ninth.
Jeff Francis allowed six hits, walked one and struck out seven over 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Rockies, who have dropped three in a row.
"We've had three very tough days in a row where we've played like hell and come up short," Rockies manager Jim Tracy admitted. "You certainly can't fault our pitching."
Colorado jumped on Lee for two runs in the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez doubled home Josh Rutledge and scored on a base hit by Wilin Rosario.
Lee was removed after giving up back-to-back singles with one out in the seventh. Josh Lindblom struck out Rutledge and Jake Diekman retired Gonzalez on a 4-3 grounder to keep the deficit at two.
The Phillies pulled even in the bottom of the seventh after squandering several opportunities earlier in the game.
Pinch-hitter Pete Orr beat out a two-hopper to short for a leadoff single and Pierre stroked a two-out single up the middle off Carlos Torres. After Matt Reynolds walked Utley to load the bases, Nix, pinch-hitting for Ty Wigginton, who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, drove Josh Roenicke's pitch to right field.
The Phillies had been 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position prior to Nix's double. John Mayberry grounded out to end the inning.
Lee gave up eight hits and fanned seven without issuing a walk ... Francis pitched in his 200th career game ... Phillies third baseman Kevin Frandsen was a late scratch with left ankle soreness ... Philadelphia activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the 15-day disabled list and placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the 15-day DL with lower back inflammation. Ruiz missed a month with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
09/07 23:39:28 ET
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