Phillies 2, Rockies 1

Jorge De La Rosa went the distance. Cole Hamels went home with

the win.

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

losing streak.

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

complete game.

”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

the second.

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.