Phillies 2, Rockies 1
Jorge De La Rosa went the distance. Cole Hamels went home with
Hamels threw eight impressive innings, Jimmy Rollins drove in
the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and the Philadelphia Phillies
beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 Wednesday night to snap a four-game
De La Rosa (5-2) was the hard-luck loser. The lefty allowed two
runs – one earned – and five hits to record his first career
”It’s a shame De La Rosa had to accept a loss,” Rockies
manager Jim Tracy said. ”It was a terrific performance, probably
his best all year.”
Hamels (5-2) allowed one run and five hits, striking out eight
for his first career win against the Rockies. He entered 0-3 with
an 8.22 ERA in three career starts against Colorado, including two
in the postseason.
The Rockies wasted an opportunity to tie it against Ryan Madson
in the ninth after pinch-hitter Seth Smith led off with a double
and the middle of the order was coming up.
Madson struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki swinging
at offspeed pitches. He carefully pitched around Todd Helton before
intentionally walking him on a 3-0 count. Madson then struck out
pinch-hitter Jason Giambi for his seventh save in as many
”He made some really good pitches to Tulo and me in the
ninth,” Gonzalez said. ”He had a good fastball and his change
kept us off-balance.”
The NL East-leading Phillies had just seven runs and 17 hits in
the previous four games. They got just enough this time.
Wilson Valdez led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to
left. Pinch-hitter Shane Victorino sacrificed him to second and he
advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rollins followed with a liner to
right and Valdez slid in safely ahead of Ryan Spilborghs’
Colorado tied it at 1 on Helton’s RBI double with two outs in
the seventh. Gonzalez hit a double to center with one out and
scored on Helton’s drive to left. Hamels had retired 14 straight
before Gonzalez got his hit.
The Phillies went ahead 1-0 in the fifth. Raul Ibanez got them
started with a one-out single. After Carlos Ruiz was hit by a
pitch, the runners advanced on catcher Chris Iannetta’s passed
ball. Valdez then lined a single to left to score Ruiz. De La Rosa
escaped further trouble by getting Hamels to ground into a double
De La Rosa fell to 0-4 against the Phillies. He entered with an
11.34 ERA in four career starts against them.
”Everything was working tonight,” he said. ”I’ve been working
on my pitches since spring training. I have to keep pitching like
The Phillies helped Hamels with solid defense early. Right
fielder John Mayberry Jr. threw out Alfredo Amezaga trying to go
from first to third on Gonzalez’s one-out single in the first.
Ruiz, the catcher, nailed Spilborghs trying to steal second to end
Notes: Rockies RHP Aaron Cook, who has been on the disabled list
all season with a broken ring finger on his throwing hand, had an
impressive rehab outing for Double-A Tulsa. He threw gave up one
earned run and three hits, striking out six in five innings. … A
crowd of 44,665 was the 157th straight sellout at Citizens Bank
Park, including postseason play. … Helton and Smith have
seven-game hitting streaks.