Phillies 7, Rockies 2

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DENVER (AP)—Brett Myers was concerned while warming up in the bullpen at Coors Field. Turned out, he had nothing to worry about.

Myers pitched into the eighth inning, and Bobby Abreu and Ricky Ledee homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 7-2 Tuesday night.

“I saw some of my stuff not breaking as sharp or moving as much and I was trying to make it too good—knowing that in the back of my mind that this place is known for balls that fly out and not for your stuff to break as sharply,” Myers said.

“I was guilty of that in the bullpen, and when I got on the mound I just said, if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, just let it work.”

Myers (11-6) allowed two runs and eight hits, striking out three and walking two for his first win in three starts. The Phillies maintained their two-game lead over Florida in the NL wild-card race.

“Myers has been impressive pretty much the whole year for me,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. “He has had a couple of bumps in the road, but for the most part he has pitched great.”

Mike Lieberthal drove in two runs with a single, and Abreu hit his 18th home run of the year. Ledee, pinch-hitting in the eighth, connected for a two-run shot as Philadelphia won for the sixth time in eight games.

The Phillies roughed up All-Star Shawn Chacon (11-6) for five runs and six hits over five innings. Chacon is 0-3 in his last five starts and hasn’t won since June 23.

“Shawn got ahead of some hitters and wasn’t able to make quality pitches ahead,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “His command was off and offensively, they were able to pitch to the meat of our order.”

Philadelphia loaded the bases on Placido Polanco’s one-out single and walks to Jim Thome and Abreu in the first inning. Lieberthal followed with a single to center on a 1-2 pitch that drove in Polanco and Thome.

Polanco drove in Marlon Byrd with a two-out single to center in the third, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Abreu homered to center leading off the fourth.

Myers pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the third by getting Preston Wilson to pop out and Jay Payton on a fly to right.

“I got into some key situations like that one where the defense played great behind me,” Myers said. “I tried to make pitches and hoped they would hit it where I wanted them to hit it.”

In the Colorado fourth, Rene Reyes singled, moved to third on a single by Chris Stynes and scored when Charles Johnson grounded into a double play.

Philadelphia got the run back in the fifth on Tyler Houston’s RBI groundout with the bases loaded.

Ledee hit his career-high ninth homer in the eighth off Steve Reed.

Myers gave up consecutive doubles to Juan Uribe and Todd Helton to start the eighth before giving way to Turk Wendell, who escaped further damage.

“I didn’t have rhythm and I wasn’t able to sink at all to finish,” Chaconsaid. “Putting guys on base, that’s when I get beat.”


Phillies INF David Bell, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, experienced dizziness while taking groundballs before the game. … The Phillies are 26-7 when they score in the first inning. … Colorado’s Larry Walker was given the day off, two days after a collision with Wilson in Cincinnati left him sore. … Chacon lost for only the second time in 11 starts at home. … Wilson failed to get an RBI and ended the night tied withToronto’s Carlos Delgado for the major league lead with 108.

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