The Phillies pounded the Rockies 16-5 on Saturday, racking up a season-high 18 hits and scoring more runs than they had all season.
“Today, everybody was on the same train and hopefully that train is still rolling tomorrow,” said Jimmy Rollins, who had four hits. “We have days, like last year, we’d score 20, 30 runs and score one the next day.”
“We figured we’d score runs and we knew we were going to strike out when we broke camp,” manager Larry Bowa said. “We just didn’t think it was going to be six guys hitting under .250 after the first five or six weeks.”
The Phillies have scored 55 runs over their last seven wins—an average of 7.9 per game.
“We just put everything together,” Abreu said. “Our pitching is doing good, we’re scoring a lot of runs—getting on base.”
Philadelphia will be trying to help starter Kevin Millwood win his fifth straight decision.
Millwood, who lost his first two starts, allowed three earned runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings in Tuesday’s 10-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.
“Coming out of the pen I didn’t feel really great,” he said. “I never felt comfortable. But it’s easy to feel confident when you have runs on the board behind you.”
Millwood has lasted at least six innings in all seven of his starts this season.
“Offensively, we weren’t able to muster a whole lot, and pitching-wise, we weren’t able to stop them,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We had over 200 pitches off the mound.”
STANDINGS (through May 14): Phillies - 2nd place, 1 GB, NL East. Rockies - 3rd place (tied), 8 GB, NL West.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Millwood (4-2, 3.55 ERA). Millwood is 7-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 career appearances, including 12 starts, against the Rockies.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Young (no appearances). Young will be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make the start. He went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in eight appearances, including three starts, for the Rockies last season in his first stint in the majors.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Jim Thome, .317 avg.; Thome and Abreu, 10 HRs; Pat Burrell and Abreu, 30 RBIs; Abreu, 26 runs; Rollins, 7 SBs. Rockies - Castilla, .326 avg. and 33 RBIs; Jeromy Burnitz, 10 HRs; Helton, 30 runs; Clayton, Burnitz and Charles Johnson, 2 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 2-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - 2B Placido Polanco, who is on the 15-day DL with a strained left quad muscle, took batting practice and ran in the outfield before Saturday’s game. … RHP Millwood is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts at Coors Field. … RF Abreu is 27-for-82 (.329) with six homers and 12 RBIs all-time at Coors Field. Rockies - The Rockies designated RHP Scott Elarton, who was charged with Saturday’s loss, for assignment after the game. The loss was Elarton’s sixth straight to start the season—a franchise record. … The Rockies placed RHP Turk Wendell on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 13, with stiffness in his right shoulder. They recalled RHP Scott Dohmann from Triple-A Colorado Springs. … 3B Castilla committed his first error of the season Saturday.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 12-8 on the road; Rockies - 9-11 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - INF Anderson Machado (appendectomy), 15-day DL; INF Polanco (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Roberto Hernandez (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Eric Junge (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Billy Wagner (groin), 15-day DL. Rockies - OF Larry Walker (groin), 15-day DL; OF Preston Wilson (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Wendell (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Adam Bernero (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 60-day DL.