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PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Young singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3.

The victory was the third in six games for the Phillies under interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced the fired Charlie Manuel last Friday.

With the Rockies leading 3-2, Erik Kratz led off the ninth with a double off Rafael Betancourt (2-4). Pinch runner Casper Wells moved to third on a grounder by John Mayberry Jr., and pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz doubled to score Wells.

Young, 0-for-4 to that point in the game and mired in a 9-for-56 slump, then lined Betancourt's first pitch into the left-field corner for his game-winner.

It was just the second blown save in 19 opportunities for Betancourt.

Jake Diekman (1-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.

The Rockies' Nolan Arenado had snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the eighth.

Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies, who were seeking to win back-to-back road games for the first time since June 22-23, at Washington. Colorado is 23-42 on the road in all.

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.

The Phillies' Cliff Lee went seven innings and allowed two runs on nine hits while striking out six and not walking a batter. Since last winning on July 5, he is 0-4 with two no-decisions.

Chase Utley's first-inning homer staked the Phillies to a 1-0 lead, but the Rockies answered with two in the second. Rosario hit his 19th homer of the year and second in as many nights, and Dexter Fowler drove in a run with a two-out single.

The Phillies loaded the bases with none out in the fifth but settled for a single run, when Michael Young grounded into a double play for the 18th time this season. He is fourth in the National League in that department.

NOTES: Rosario has now hit safely in 12 straight games, while teammate Troy Tulowitzki has hit in eight straight. ... Utley's homer was his 16th of the year and his first since Aug. 2, 17 games earlier. ... Earlier in the day, the Phillies signed free agent OF Roger Bernadina and optioned IF/OF Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... Phils RHP Roy Halladay, who underwent shoulder surgery in June, will make his third rehab start Sunday, for Double-A Reading. ... RHP Jonathan Pettibone, who made his second rehab start Tuesday for Lehigh Valley, experienced discomfort in his shoulder and will undergo an MRI Thursday.
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