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                === Phils target series victory over Rockies ===
 (Sports  Network) -  The Philadelphia Phillies try to lock up a series victory
 on  Thursday night  as  they conclude  a four-game  series  with the  Colorado
 The  Phillies have  won  just one  series since  the  All-Star break,  putting
 together  an 8-22 record in the second half. However, they have won two of the
 first three games of this set, winning in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night.
 The Rockies carried a one-run lead into the ninth inning after Nolan Arenado's
 RBI  single in the eighth, but Rafael Betancourt yielded a pair of runs in the
 ninth  to suffer a 4-3 defeat and blow just his second save in 18 chances this
 He  gave  up a  double to start  the ninth and  pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz later
 ripped  a double  to left  to plate  the tying  run. After  Jimmy Rollins  was
 intentionally walked, Michael Young lined a single down the left-field line to
 chase home Ruiz for the winner.
 "He's  usually right  on the  corners," Colorado  manager Walt  Weiss said  of
 Betancourt.  "I think he  got some balls on the plate tonight and they put the
 barrel on them."
 Chase Utley cracked a solo homer for the Phillies, who have won three of their
 last four.
 "Everybody  on  the bench,  I see  them at the  top rail  in the ninth inning.
 There's  a lot of  energy in the dugout, a lot of guys pulling for each other.
 That's all good," said Phils interim manager Ryan Sandberg. "When you pull out
 a  game  like this, I  think that pay  dividends and goes  a long way with the
 games ahead of us."
 Wilin  Rosario smacked a  solo homer for the Rockies, who have dropped four of
 their  last  five contests.  They also lost  a chance to  win their first road
 series since July 8-10 at San Diego.
 Kyle  Kendrick, who turns 29 on Monday, gets the call tonight for the Phillies
 and  has lost four  of his past five starts. Philadelphia has been shut out in
 his  last two trips  to the hill, with Kendrick taking a tough-luck 5-0 defeat
 on Saturday versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 Kendrick  gave up just  two runs -- one earned -- over six innings and fell to
 10-10 with a 4.36 earned run average in 25 starts this season.
 The  right-hander  is 3-2  lifetime versus the  Rockies with a  5.47 ERA in 10
 meetings  (9 starts). He  struggled in a no-decision at Colorado on June 14 as
 he  gave up  seven runs and 10 hits  over 4 1/3 innings, touched for a pair of
 The  Rockies  counter with Chad  Bettis, who is  coming off his shortest start
 since making his MLB debut at the beginning of August.
 The  24-year-old  righty lasted just  2 2/3 innings of  a loss in Baltimore on
 Saturday, giving up eight runs. However, only two were earned thanks to a one-
 out error by Troy Tulowitzki during the Orioles' seven-run third inning.
 Still, Bettis was not happy with his outing after allowing seven hits and four
 "It  was really  embarrassing," Bettis said. "I  have a lot to learn from this
 start and that's all I have to take from it."
 Bettis  is  0-2 with a  5.30 ERA in  his four starts  and will make his fourth
 appearance on the road.
 Colorado won two of three over the Phillies at home in mid-June, but lost five
 of its six games played in Philadelphia a season ago.
 08/22 10:27:55 ET

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