Colorado (51-63) at Philadelphia (59-55)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 12, 2004
  • TV: WPSG
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The Philadelphia Phillies’ starting rotation needs help. They’re hoping Cory Lidle can provide it.

Lidle, acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, will make his Philadelphia debut in the finale of a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park.

With Kevin Millwood out indefinitely because of a sprained ligament and a strained tendon in his pitching elbow, the Phillies are hoping Lidle can fill the void. The 32-year-old right-hander, who is tied for second in the NL with three complete games, led the Reds with 149 innings.

“He’s shown in the past he can help a contending club,” Phillies general manager Ed Wade said.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who made the 570-mile drive from Cincinnati on Tuesday, said he was glad to be joining a team that has a chance to make the postseason.

“I’ll enjoy being in a winning atmosphere,” Lidle said. “We didn’t have that after the first couple of months in Cincy. The talent here is awesome. Speed, power, defense. They’ve got it all here, and it’s good to be a part of it.”

Lidle will have trouble matching the performance Randy Wolf turned in on Wednesday. Wolf homered twice and pitched seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to a 15-4 rout. He became the first major league pitcher to homer twice in a game since the Phillies’ Robert Person did it on June 2, 2002.

“It’s nice to absorb it and enjoy it, because who knows if it will ever happen again,” Wolf said.

Jim Thome also homered twice, Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Jimmy Rollins added a two-run shot for the Phillies, who lost the first two games of the series to Colorado.

The six homers were a season high for Philadelphia, which scored more than 10 runs for the first time since July 1. The Phillies remained 3 1/2 games behind Chicago in the wild-card race, and trail Atlanta by six games in the NL East.

“This could jump-start us,” manager Larry Bowa said. “This could be something you build on.”

Matt Holliday drove in three runs for the Rockies, who had won four of their previous five.

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S. Estes Was vs. C. Lidle NYY
15-8 Record 12-12
5.84 ERA 4.90
117 K 126
105 BB 61
1.62 WHIP 1.35