PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Brett Myers didn’t mind the wait at all.
Myers was given an extra day off between starts to allow Kevin Millwood to pitch with four days’ rest. Myers responded by striking out nine in six innings as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Wednesday night
“I think it helped me, coming off the last outing when I threw 100 pitches.” Myers said. “I felt fine. I felt strong.”
Myers (1-2) allowed one run and three hits, all singles. He left with 5-0 lead after Jose Hernandez’s leadoff single in the seventh. Bobby Estalella followed with a home run off Carlos Silva that bounced off the left-field facade, the first homer allowed by the Phillies in 90 innings.
“Myers threw unbelievable,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said. “The (weather) conditions out there were miserable. He did a great job.”
Pat Burrell hit an RBI grounder off Justin Speier in the bottom half that made it 6-2, but Colorado cut the deficit in half off Terry Adams in the eighth on Mike Lieberthal’s run-scoring passed ball and Larry Walker’s RBI single.
Jose Mesa pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
Colorado has lost four straight road games and eight of its last nine at Veterans Stadium. The Rockies are 8-1 at home and 4-8 on the road.
NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings (1-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings, losing consecutive starts for the first time in his major league career, which spans 44 starts.
“I just think he got angry,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “Sometimes getting a little hot doesn’t hurt. You don’t cover up. You just let it fly. I think he got aggressive and pitched with a little more fire.”
Five of Jennings’ six strikeouts came in the third and fourth inning.
“If you eliminate that first inning, Jennings pitched great,” Estalella said. “I’m glad he bounced back and pitched his game and showed them what he was made of.”
Myers pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-outs jam in the first inning when he fanned Hernandez after falling behind 3-1 in the count. After Estalella reached on an error by shortstop Jimmy Rollins leading off the second, the 22-year-old right-hander retired 12 of his next 13 batters.
Myers, had been a victim of poor support, with the Phillies averaging 2.3 runs in his three previous starts.
Rollins and Tyler Houston singled to start the first inning, and Bobby Abreu hit an RBI double. Jim Thome was intentionally walked, David Bell hit a sacrifice fly, Lieberthal hit a run-scoring double, and No. 8 hitter Ricky Ledee followed with a two-run double after expecting an intentional walk.
“He threw me a slider for a strike and a changeup that I hit just right,”Ledee said.
The Rockies are in the midst of 25 straight games against non-divisional opponents. They won’t see another NL West team until May 20 at Los Angeles. … Phillies 2B Placido Polanco was placed on the 15 day disabled list. He missed his seventh straight game since bruising his right ring finger when he was hit by a pitch April 14 by Florida’s Josh Beckett. … 2B Chase Utley was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … Temperature atgametime was 55, but it got windier and colder as the game went on.