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Phillies show some pep in 8-7 win

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DENVER -- Charlie Manuel gathered some of his players around the cage during Friday's batting practice and delivered a pep talk.

It wasn't intended to be a big deal, simply a quick session to tweak things.

"Don't make a whole lot out of it," the Philadelphia Phillies manager said. "I thought it was good. Just our position players. We talked about base running and our hitting, our leads, things like that. We talked some about who we were, how we've been doing and what we have to do."

It took a few innings, but the words apparently sunk in, especially for Freddy Galvis. He responded with two triples and four RBIs, and the Phillies rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7.

Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young had two hits each and six relievers quieted Colorado's bats as the Phillies won their sixth straight against the Rockies dating to last year.

"It was a good comeback for us," Manuel said. "We played sloppy at first and we hung in there and our bullpen did a good job."

The Phillies clawed their way back after falling behind by five runs. Galvis did most of the work with a pair of two-run triples, one in the sixth and another in the seventh that tied it 7-all. Galvis scored in the seventh on Jimmy Rollins' pinch-single off reliever Wilton Lopez (1-3) that gave Philadelphia an 8-7 lead.

"Sometimes that's the kind of game you need to get back on track," said Galvis, who has hit .214 since mid-May.

After starter Kyle Kendrick struggled into the fifth, the Phillies' bullpen shut down Colorado's offense. The Rockies were held scoreless on three hits in the final 4 2/3 innings.

Kendrick came into the game with a solid 3.22 ERA but had his shortest outing of the season.

"It wasn't my night, the offense picked me up and the bullpen pitched well," Kendrick said.

The Rockies had a chance in the ninth when Carlos Gonzalez singled with one out and stole second, but Jonathan Papelbon struck out Michael Cuddyer and retired Todd Helton to notch his 13th save in as many chances.

Gonzalez had four hits, including a home run, and call-up Josh Rutledge had a two-run homer for the Rockies, who lost their third straight.

Michael Stutes (2-0) got the win with one inning of relief.

Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to replace shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is out four to six weeks with a broken rib. Rutledge started the season with the Rockies but was sent down last month. He made a statement in his return by hitting his sixth home run of the season.

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio's spot in the rotation is in question with veteran Roy Oswalt expected to be called up next week. Nicasio didn't help his cause, struggling through 5 2/3 innings and squandering most of a 7-2 lead before exiting.

Gonzalez started it off by hitting the first pitch he saw over the center field wall for his 19th home run of the season. It was a welcome sight for Colorado fans after Gonzalez left Thursday's game when he was hit on the left foot with a foul line drive while on deck.

"I saw a good pitch first at-bat and I was ready," Gonzalez said. "Right now, I'm just trying to get a good pitch to hit. They're pitching me tough so I'm ready when they make a mistake."

The Rockies added two runs in the second on Nicasio's bases-loaded single to center that made it 3-0.

The Phillies made it 3-2 in the fourth when John Mayberry had an RBI double and scored on Humberto Quintero's single, but Yorvit Torrealba's RBI double and Rutledge's two-run homer in the bottom of the inning made it 6-2.

Colorado chased Kendrick in the fifth. Gonzalez led off with a walk, Cuddyer singled and one out later Nolan Arenado made it 7-2 with a single that ended Kendrick's night.

He allowed seven runs and 10 hits -- both season highs -- in 4 2/3 innings.

"We got the starter out of there quick and you hope to win those games," Cuddyer said. "With the exception of Adams and Papelbon, we haven't faced these guys. When they bring them in one inning at a time, it's tough when you haven't faced them. And they pitched well."

NOTES: Cuddyer's single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Rollins was not in the starting lineup because of hip soreness. He is expected to play Saturday.... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler didn't start but came in as a pinch-runner in the eighth. He will probably sit Saturday with a swollen right hand. He was hit by a pitch on the hand Thursday against Washington. ... The Rockies announced they have signed 16 of the 40 players in the first-year player draft, including the team's top four selections.

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