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PHILADELPHIA -- Domonic Brown singled home the decisive run in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night as the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for the second straight night to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4.

Brown's single came off Jeff Francis, who entered the game when Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt was injured while coming off the mound in pursuit of Michael Young's game-tying infield single.

Betancourt (2-5) blew his second save in as many nights. Young had also hit the game-winning single off him in the ninth on Wednesday.

On Thursday Betancourt, entrusted with a 4-3 lead, retired the first two hitters he faced in the ninth, but then allowed a double to Jimmy Rollins. Rollins stole third, and Young dribbled a ball to third that eluded the grasp of third baseman Nolan Arenado, who attempted to make a bare-hand play.

Francis then walked Chase Utley, and Brown punched the first pitch he saw through the right side to win it.

Cesar Jimenez (1-0) worked one scoreless inning in relief for the victory.

Colorado's Wilin Rosario had snapped a 1-1 tie with a three-run homer off Kyle Kendrick in the sixth inning. It was the 20th home run of the year and third in as many nights for the Colorado catcher, who extended his hitting streak, already a career best, to 13 games.

But Philadelphia's Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Rockies reliever Matt Belisle, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

Kendrick surrendered four runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He struck out two and walked one.

Colorado starter Chad Bettis worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on six hits. He struck out five and walked one.

The Phillies jumped on top courtesy of Cody Asche's RBI double in the second, but the Rockies drew even on Dexter Fowler's sacrifice fly in the fifth.

NOTES: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has hit safely in nine straight games. ... Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game it would be "counterproductive" for 1B Ryan Howard to return from knee surgery this year, adding that it is more important that Howard get in "top baseball shape" in time for spring training next year. Howard is currently working out in Clearwater, Fla., and Sandberg said "for the most part" Howard will remain there all winter. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Phils 1B Michael Young, who singled home the decisive run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Rockies, has delivered in his last three game-ending opportunities, after doing so only once in his previous 37, dating back to 2009. ... Colorado RHP Roy Oswalt, out since July 4 with a hamstring strain, pitched a simulated game Thursday and will make at least one more simulated start Sunday in Miami or Monday in Coors Field. ... Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood, out since July 31 with elbow inflammation, pitched three innings in a simulated game Thursday and will make a rehab start Sunday.
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