Rockies Doubled Up by Phillies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER - (AP) Brett Myers remained perfect at Coors Field with an imperfect outing Saturday night.

Myers allowed three home runs in the Philadelphia Phillies' 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, improving to 5-0 at Coors Field and 7-0 in eight career appearances against the Rockies.

The right-hander allowed four runs and four hits, including homers by Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes. He struck out six and walked one as the defending World Series champions won for the second time in five games.

Myers (1-1) also allowed three homers in his first start, a 4-1 loss to Atlanta in the majors' first game of the season.

This time all those souvenirs in the bleachers hardly mattered because the Phillies pounded Colorado's pitching for 15 hits and scored all but one of their runs with two outs.

Ryan Howard broke out of his hitting funk with a three-run double, Jayson Werth's two-run triple off reliever Ryan Speier broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth and Raul Ibanez went deep in the seventh for Philadelphia.

Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) struggled through 4 2-3 innings, looking nothing like the left-hander who went 7-3 for Colorado after the All-Star break last season. He allowed five runs and six hits, with all the runs coming with two outs.

Tulowitzki gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second inning when he followed Brad Hawpe's double with a shot into the rock pile beyond the center-field wall.

Howard broke out of his 3-for-17 funk with his three-run double an inning later. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino hit two-out singles and Chase Utley drew a walk before Howard sent De La Rosa's first pitch into the alley in left-center, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

Atkins tied it at 3 in the fourth with his second homer in as many games.

De La Rosa ran into trouble again in the fifth when Utley and Howard hit back-to-back singles with two outs, bringing in Speier, who served up Werth's triple into the right-field corner.

Barmes led off the bottom half with his first homer, but Myers retired the next nine batters he faced before giving way to Ryan Madson, who pitched a perfect eighth. Brad Lidge followed with a 1-2-3 ninth after Philadelphia tacked on another run off Huston Street in the top half.

Jason Hammel, acquired from Tampa Bay on Sunday for minor league pitcher Anuery Rodriguez, had a rocky debut for the Rockies, allowing two runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings.

After escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, he served up Ibanez's homer with two outs in the seventh that reached the middle deck in right field and made it 6-4. He also allowed Utley's two-out RBI single in the eighth.

Phillies catcher Chris Coste made a barehanded grab of Atkins' foul ball after it bounced out of his mitt in the sixth.


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