Rockies 5, Phillies 3
Todd Helton got the perfect gift on his 40th birthday.
Helton’s swipe at Jimmy Rollins never connected with the runner
on a close play at first, but the Colorado Rockies got the call in
a big spot during their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies
on Tuesday night.
”I didn’t tag him,” Helton said. ”I tried to tag him.”
Third baseman Nolan Arenado made a fantastic backhanded stop and
in-the-air throw to rob Rollins in the seventh inning. Rollins
never argued the call by first base umpire Jim Wolf that stranded
the potential tying runs, and Helton simply hustled off the field
to sell the out.
”Jimmy said he felt something on his back,” Phillies interim
manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Replays showed the tag was never close to No. 11.
Jonathan Herrera entered in the seventh with two runners on and
two outs and Rollins at bat. Rollins then sent a hard grounder down
the third base line that looked as if it was headed for extra
Arenado backhanded the ball, his momentum carried him into foul
territory and he whirled in the air to one-hop the throw toward
Helton. Helton made a sweeping tag toward the slow-starting Rollins
for the third out.
”It’s right up there with the other 72,” Arenado great plays,
manager Walt Weiss said. ”It’s a game changer.”
Arenado shifted toward the line after a tip from shortstop Troy
Tulowitzki that Rollins would try and pull the ball.
”I made a good grab,” Arenado said. ”I think he was safe, if
you watch the replay.”
”It was a good act by Todd,” Arenado said.
The Rockies used Arenado’s play and a little pop to snap a
three-game losing streak.
Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered and Jorge De La Rosa (13-6)
pitched into the seventh to win his third straight start. Dexter
Fowler also drove in a run to help the Rockies jump out to a 5-0
Rafael Betancourt tossed a scoreless ninth for his 16th
Tyler Cloyd (2-3) allowed five runs in six innings in his first
major league start since June 12. Recalled after Monday night’s
game, Cloyd was coming off consecutive complete games in the
Against the Rockies, Cloyd was hit hard from the start.
Tulowitzki’s second homer in two games was a two-run shot deep
into the left-field seats. Phillies outfielder Dom Brown never
moved as the ball soared high over his head.
”He looks a lot more ease at up there,” Weiss said. ”His
timing looks really good.”
Michael Cuddyer followed Tulowitzki’s 22nd homer with a double.
He moved up on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0
in the first inning.
Fowler added an RBI single in the second, and Rosario extended
his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out drive in the
”In the first three innings, everything was off,” Cloyd
Staked to a 5-0 lead, De La Rosa allowed three runs in the
third. Chase Utley had an RBI single to right and Brown added a
De La Rosa walked three and struck out three in 6 1-3
”He’s been our guy,” Weiss said.
The Phillies beat the Rockies on Monday night to snap a skid of
26 games without consecutive wins, the longest drought since a
49-game stretch in 1997. But the offensive woes that have plagued
the Phillies for most of the season returned and they had only
three hits against De La Rosa and three relievers.
”There are not too many options,” Sandberg said. ”All the
guys have a chance to be out there.”
NOTES: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay allowed two runs in six innings
for Class-A Lakewood in his second rehab start. … Helton made his
first error of the season in the third inning. … Phillies
assistant GM Scott Proefrock said RHP John Lannan is out for the
season and will need surgery on his left knee. 1B Ryan Howard
(knee) can start baseball activities on Thursday. Injured pitchers
Mike Adams, Jeremy Horst, Joe Savery and Mike Stutes are all making
progress. OF Ben Revere (foot) is off crutches. … Colorado sends
RHP Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94 ERA) the mound Wednesday against
Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19 ERA).