The Phillies suffered a three-game sweep in Houston, including a 3-2 loss on Wednesday. They scored just four runs in the series, and have scored two or fewer in five of their last seven games.
Philadelphia fell into a last-place tie with Florida in the NL East. The Phillies, who trail the first-place Atlanta Braves by 5 1/2 games, remain just a few games back for the NL wild card.
They look to gain some ground in the next few weeks as they play 26 of their next 29 games against teams that are currently at .500 or worse.
“It doesn’t matter who we play right now, we have to win,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “We have to beat the good teams, too. But, sure, you want to beat the teams that have losing records.”
Philadelphia, which is continuing a seven-game road trip, hopes a weekend at Coors Field will end its offensive struggles on the road. The Phillies, losers of nine of their last 12 road games, are batting .247 and averaging 3.8 runs per game away from Citizens Bank Park.
They will start rookie Robinson Tejeda, who threw six scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over San Diego on Saturday. The right-hander walked five, but still got the job done.
“He was wild enough to be effective,” Manuel said. “He’s not afraid and will challenge you even when he falls behind in the count.”
Tejeda struck out five for the third consecutive start and tripled in the fifth for his first major league hit. He has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies since they moved him into the rotation on June 8. Tejeda hasn’t allowed a run in four of his seven starts, and is 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA in those outings.
Colorado is coming off a 9-3 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday. The Rockies matched their worst record ever after 100 games. They were also 36-64 in 1993—their inaugural season.
Eric Byrnes, acquired from Oakland on July 14, had an RBI single—his first hit at Coors Field.
First baseman Todd Helton missed his second straight game with a strained calf and is listed as day-to-day.