Phillies 8, Rockies 5
DENVER (AP)—Chase Utley kept up his strong hitting.
Pinch-hitter Tomas Perez drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out infield single in the ninth inning, and Utley homered and had a career-high five RBIs to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Thursday night.
“I just try to stay consistent and take it one day at a time to try to stay out of a slump,” said Utley, who was hitting .365 19-for-52 over his previous 12 games and had 10 RBIS from July 14-17. “I try to get a good pitch and hit it hard.”
Utley went 3-for-5 with his career-best 15th home run and Kenny Lofton scored two runs and drove in two for Phillies, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
“Chase is hitting great,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. “He really smoked that last ball.”
David Bell doubled to left leading off the ninth against Mike DeJean (4-2), and moved to third on Ramon Martinez’s sacrifice bunt. After Jimmy Rollins was walked intentionally, Perez hit the ball in the hole between first and second but second baseman Aaron Miles couldn’t throw him out.
Utley followed with two-run double to right field off Dustin Mohr.
“I look forward to those situations. And when I do I like to hit the ball hard,” Utley said.
“I made the right pitch to Martinez and he hit it to the right place,” DeJean said. “I threw Utley a splitter below the knees and he went down and got it.”
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Philadelphia took the lead with four runs against Byung-Hyun Kim. David Bell walked and, one out later, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rollins extended the inning by beating out an infield hit with two outs, and moved to second a wild pitch. Lofton followed with a two-run single to center, and Utley hit a towering home run to left off Byung-Hyun Kim.
“Charlie is always saying to make sure I run every ball out, because that gives energy to the team,” Rollins said. “It was one of those situations where I was going hard from the beginning, and that let us get the big hits by Kenny and Chase.”
Phillies starter Robinson Tejeda left the game with one out in the sixth after walking Miles and giving up a single to Matt Holliday, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double. Garrett Atkins drove in Miles with a grounder off reliever Geoff Geary to make it 5-3.
The Phillies took a 1-0 in the first inning when Holliday misplayed Utley’s line drive into an RBI double in the first and scored Lofton who had drawn a one-out walk.
Colorado tied it at 1 on Kim’s sacrifice fly to center in the third, and went ahead on Byrnes’ RBI double off the wall in left in the fourth.
“We made too many mistakes that cost us,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “There were two plays that Miles couldn’t make and we didn’t capitalize on scoring opportunities in the fourth and eighth innings.”
CF Bobby Abreu got his fifth his outfield assist of the year when he threw out Holliday at second in the sixth inning. … Rollins was picked off in the fourth inning. … Rockies 1B Todd Helton took batting practice for the first time since straining his left calf muscle last Monday. … RHP Jose Acevedo will start in Shawn Chacon’s place Friday. … RHP Aaron Cook will make his 2005 debut for the Rockies on Saturday.
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