Philadelphia (19-16) at Colorado (15-21)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Denver, CO, US
Temp: 66° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Mon May 17, 2004
  • TV: CSN
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Jeromy Burnitz has been swinging the bat with authority over the last few days.

He’ll look for that to continue as the Colorado Rockies try to earn a split of their four-game series with the visiting Philadelphia Phillies.

After Philadelphia won the first two games of the set, Burnitz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs Sunday as the Rockies pulled off a 7-6 win—just their fourth victory in 12 games.

Burnitz’s infield single off Phillies reliever Rheal Cormier in the eighth inning drove in what proved to be the winning run.

“My approach is the same every single at-bat,” said Burnitz, who is batting .483 (14-for-29) during a seven-game hitting streak. “I’m just looking for a strike, looking for the ball right down the middle every pitch, every at-bat.”

Although Burnitz helped the Rockies snap a three-game losing streak, Colorado again fell into an early hole. The Phillies scored three runs in the first inning—the third time in five games Colorado allowed at least two runs in the opening frame.

“We had the first-inning blues again,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “It took three pitches to get the first two outs and 28 pitches later, we finish the inning and they put three runs on the board.”

Philadelphia, which had its best offensive game of the season in a 16-5 rout of Colorado on Saturday, will be trying for its third consecutive series win.

The Phillies are 7-2 on their 10-game road trip through Arizona, San Francisco and Colorado.

Ricky Ledee and Chase Utley each had three RBIs for the Phillies on Sunday.

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