Colorado (75-69) at Philadelphia (76-68)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Sep 12, 2007
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Rookies are playing a significant role for the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies as they make a run at the NL wild card, but perhaps none more so than Kyle Kendrick.

Kendrick looks to remain unbeaten at home when he takes the mound for the Phillies in the third of a four-game set on Wednesday night.

Colorado (75-69) got a strong start from rookie Franklin Morales in an 8-2 win over Philadelphia (76-68) on Tuesday night to even the series. Troy Tulowitzki, meanwhile, hit a solo home run for the Rockies to extend his NL rookie record for homers by a shortstop to 21.

With the Padres defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers later on Tuesday, Philadelphia trails San Diego by 2 1/2 games with the wild card with Colorado and Los Angeles 3 1/2 back.

The Phillies look to bounce back as they give the ball to one of their most promising young players. Kendrick (8-3, 3.78 ERA) is 6-0 with a 3.26 ERA in nine home starts, and 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three outings overall.

“It’s been quite a year,” Kendrick said told the Phillies’ official Web site. “If you said, ‘You won’t go to big league camp, will start the season in Double-A, then get called up for the rest of the season,’ I’d be like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ It’s been a great year and it would nicer if we can make the playoffs.”

The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in five innings of a 9-8 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

Kendrick faced the Rockies on July 6 in Denver, allowing three runs and a career-worst 10 hits in six innings as the Phillies lost 7-6.

Colorado will counter with Denny Bautista (2-1, 19.06), who will make his first start in exactly one year and first appearance ever against the Phillies. The right-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 13, when he gave up six runs and seven hits in one-third of an inning in the Rockies’ 15-2 home loss to San Francisco. Two days later, Bautista was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Since breaking in with Baltimore in 2004, Bautista is 4-10 with a 7.11 ERA in 33 appearances, including 20 starts. He hasn’t won on the road since April 30, 2005 when he defeated Cleveland while playing with Kansas City. Over six starts in an opponent’s ballpark since then, Bautista is 0-3 and has allowed 27 runs - 21 earned - in 21 innings.

Jimmy Rollins was one of Philadelphia’s few bright spots at the plate Tuesday, hitting his 27th homer to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The shortstop is batting .333 (8-for-24) with two home runs, a double and four RBIs in five games against the Rockies this season.

Tulowitzki, Rollins’ counterpart, is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with two home runs, a double and three RBIs against the Phillies.

Matt Holliday homered twice for Colorado on Tuesday, his second multihomer game this year and eighth of his career. The left fielder is 6-for-11 (.545) with four home runs and six RBIs in his last three games.

“I just try to do something positive every day,” said Holliday, who has a career-high 116 RBIs.

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Starting Pitchers

D. Bautista Sea vs. K. Kendrick Phi
2-1 Record 10-4
12.46 ERA 3.87
8 K 49
4 BB 25
2.54 WHIP 1.27

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Wednesday, Sep 12