National League Game Summary - Colorado at Philadelphia|
(Wednesday, June 20th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 7, Colorado 6
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A two-out rally in the ninth inning and a
rare error by Todd Helton allowed the Phillies to upend the Rockies, 7-6, in
the middle installment of a three-game series.
Colorado broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the ninth on Dexter Fowler's RBI single
off Jonathan Papelbon. Rafael Betancourt retired the first two hitters in the
bottom half, and the Rockies were on the brink of just their second win in 13
But Ty Wigginton started Philadelphia's comeback with a single and was running
on a 1-1 pitch to Hunter Pence, who doubled high off the wall in left field to
score Wigginton without a play at the plate.
With first base open, the Rockies opted to walk Carlos Ruiz, and Shane
Victorino beat out an infield single to short to load the bases. Placido
Polanco followed with a similar ground ball up the middle, and this time Marco
Scutaro appeared to nab the runner at first.
However, the three-time Gold Glove-winning Helton was off the bag as he
received the throw, and by the time he reshuffled his feet, Polanco was called
safe by first-base umpire Alfonso Marquez.
"We gave them five outs in the ninth inning," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Betancourt (1-3) was charged with his third blown save, while Papelbon (1-2)
earned his first win of the year despite giving up the go-ahead run in the
Wilin Rosario hit a three-run homer, while Chris Nelson and Michael Cuddyer
each added solo blasts off Phillies starter Joe Blanton.
Blanton allowed five runs on six hits over his seven-inning start for
Philadelphia, which received a three-run homer from Michael Martinez.
"Hopefully we take the momentum and keep it going," Polanco said. "We're going
to try to turn everything around."
The Phillies struck in their first at-bat, as Juan Pierre tripled into the
left-field corner and scored on a Pence groundout.
The big bats came out for both squads the next three innings.
Rosario blasted a three-run shot to straightaway center in the second, only to
have Martinez counter with a three-run blast of his own off Colorado starter
Alex White in the bottom half.
Cuddyer tied it in the third with a line drive several rows up into the left-
field seats, and Nelson followed suit an inning later with an opposite-field
Again things pulled even in the home half, as Jimmy Rollins' two-out blooper
to right plated John Mayberry.
Blanton has allowed 16 home runs in his last eight starts. He served up one in
his first six...The Phillies won two straight at home for the first time since
a four-game streak from May 13-18...Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez went
2-for-4 after missing the previous two games with a strained hamstring...The
Phillies are 21-4 against the Rockies since the start of the 2008
season...Jeremy Guthrie tossed three hitless innings in relief after White
surrendered five runs on five hits and two walks over 3 2/3 innings.
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