Phillies 4, Rockies 3

The Phillies ditched the bench and pressed against the dugout

railing rooting on Michael Young.

That saved them a few steps when they charged toward the

basepath to mob Young in their biggest celebration yet in six games

under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth inning

after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double, pushing the

Philadelphia Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Wednesday

night.

”We battled right to the end,” Sandberg said.

Did they ever.

Erik Kratz opened the ninth with a double off Rockies closer

Rafael Betancourt (2-4). Pinch runner Casper Wells advanced to

third on a grounder and scored the tying run on Ruiz’s pinch-hit

double to left. Jimmy Rollins was walked intentionally and Young

followed with the winning single to left.

Jake Diekman (1-3) tossed a scoreless ninth for the win.

The Phillies stormed out of the dugout and converged on

Young.

Nolan Arenado’s two-out single in the eighth inning had put

Colorado up 3-2. Arenado made a game-saving stop at third base in

Colorado’s 5-3 win on Tuesday. One game later, he poked an opposite

field single to right off reliever Justin De Fratus.

Betancourt just couldn’t make it stand.

”I’d take Rafi with a one-run lead every time,” Rockies

manager Walt Weiss said.

Ruiz hustled home for the winning run for one of his few bright

spots in a down season for the former All-Star catcher. Ruiz, who

has only three homers and 16 RBIs, was suspended the first 25 games

for using a banned amphetamine.

”With everything that happened, it was tough for me,” he said.

”But that’s no excuse. I’m just trying to do my best and help the

team win.”

Wilin Rosario homered for Colorado. Chase Utley went deep for

the Phillies.

De Fratus hit Charlie Blackmon to open the eighth. Michael

Cuddyer hit a one-out single and Arenado made it 3-2 after his

run-scoring single.

After losing three of four at Baltimore, the Rockies have

dropped two of three so far in the four-game series against the

Phillies.

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio allowed two runs – one earned – in

5 2-3 innings and worked out of several jams to keep it close.

”He stayed away from the big inning that was getting him the

first time he was up,” Weiss said. ”When it starts to slip away,

he’s been able to close out the inning and not let it get away from

him.”

Phillies starter Cliff Lee remained winless since July 5 and is

0-4 with two no-decisions since beating Atlanta. He kept the

Phillies in this one, striking out six and walking none over seven

innings.

The Phillies blew several opportunities to help out Lee and bust

the game open.

They stranded runners on second and third when Lee struck out

swinging to end the second. They scored only one run after loading

the bases with no outs in the fifth. Young grounded into a double

play to score one run and make it 2-2. Utley fouled out to end the

inning.

Nicasio was chased with runners on first and second and two outs

in the sixth. Wilton Lopez fanned John Mayberry Jr. on a check

swing to escape the jam.

They had some timely hitting in the first when Utley’s 16th

homer of the season staked Lee to a 1-0 lead.

Rosario tied it a 1 on a solo shot to right in the second that

extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Dexter Fowler ripped an

RBI single to left later in the inning for a 2-1 lead, but Domonic

Brown threw out Jordan Pacheco at home to end the inning.

NOTES: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (shoulder) is set to make his

third rehab start Sunday with Double-A Reading. Halladay also

clarified some remarks he made after Tuesday’s rehab start that

made it seem like he endorsed the move to fire Charlie Manuel and

replace him with Sandberg. ”I have a lot of respect for Charlie.

There were some articles put out that offended me and, I’m sure,

offended Charlie. And I called him today and talked to him about

it,” Halladay said. … The Phillies signed free-agent OF Roger

Bernadina and optioned Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

… The Rockies send RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 5.30 ERA) to the mound

Thursday against RHP Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.36) in the finale of

the four-game series.