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Rocky Mountain Sweep: Phillies Hammer Rockies; Sweep Doubleheader, Series

Phillies 7, Rockies 4
WP – BJ Rosenberg (1-2, 11.37)
LP – Josh Roenicke (4-2, 2.83)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies are rolling, breathing new hope into their season that seemed lost a month ago.

The Phillies won the night-cap of the day/night doubleheader, sweeping the Rockies in the series with a 7-4 win. With those wins, the Phillies are six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with 22 games to play.

Colorado scored all four of its runs in the 3rd inning against Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, making his third career start, was done after four, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Phillies Walk-Off Again vs Rockies

Phillies 2B Chase Utley scores on Ryan Howard’s two-run double in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Phillies 3, Rockies 2
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (5-6, 2.56)
LP – Matt Belisle (3-6, 3.08)

PHILADELPHIA — Late-inning drama has become the Phillies forte as of late, and it’s become a bit of a pest to the Rockies.

For the second time this series, the Rockies blew an early 2-0 lead, only to be walked-off, and again the final score being 3-2 in favor of the Fightins.

Rockies catcher Wilton Rosario had a problem handling pitches all day and it hurt the Rockies in the end.

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Cole As the Rockies: Hamels Leads Phils To Series Win

Phillies SP Cole Hamels allowed one run in eight innings in the Phillies 5-1 win over the Rockies. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Phillies 5, Rockies 1
WP – Cole Hamels (11-5, 3.07)
LP – Drew Pomeranz (1-4, 3.79)

DENVER — The Phillies got their second half off to a good start with a series win in Colorado.

Backed by Hunter Pence’s three-run homer and Cole Hamels’ eight innings of brilliance, the Phillies beat the Rockies, 5-1, Sunday afternoon. The win was the Phillies second in a row, giving them a series win in the rubber match.

It was an ordinary pitcher’s dual through the four innings with the Phillies holding a 2-0 lead. But Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz got himself into a little but of trouble in the 5th and Hunter Pence made him pay.

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Late Offense Leads Rockies Past Phillies

Rockies 6, Phillies 2
WP – Christian Friedrich (5-6, 5.60)
LP – Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.92)

DENVER — The second half of the season didn’t get off exactly the way the Phillies were hoping.

A dismal offensive showing mixed in with a flustered Cliff Lee led to a 6-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday. The Rockies offense poured it on in the late innings, putting this game away early.

With the score tied 1-1, it all came crashing down on a frustrated Lee in the 6th inning. Lee allowed five batters to reach base with two outs, including an RBI on a sacrifice fly by Jason Rutledge and an RBI single by Eric Young to make it 3-1.

After Lee’s day ended, Michael Schwimer got hit around in the 7th inning. An RBI single by Ramon Hernandez and an RBI triple by Michael Cuddyer gave Colorado a 5-1 lead. Cuddyer then came home on an over-throw by Carlos Ruiz on a pick-off attempt to make it 6-1.

2B: Rollins (20). 3B: Rollins (5).

Boxscore.

Nelson’s 7th Inning Blast Wins It for Rox

Rockies 4, Phillies 1
WP – Josh Roenicke (2-0, 2.76)
LP – Vance Worley (4-3, 2.78)
SV – Rafael Betancourt (11)

PHILADELPHIA — A wasted effort at the dish cost the Phillies of their first three-game sweep of the season.

Besides that fact, it was also Chris Nelson’s two-run blast in the 7th inning that prevented the sweep. Trailing 1-0, Nelson hit a two-run bomb off Vance Worley to left-center to give Colorado a 2-1 lead and eventual 4-1 win Thursday night.

The only run the Phils scored was a solo homer by Jimmy Rollins to lead off the 1st.

Worley went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and two walks while striking out two.

2B: Mayberry (12), Wigginton (8). HR: Rollins (5).

Boxscore.

Phils Earn Whacky Walk-Off Win

Phillies 2B Michael Martinez (far left) celebrates with (left to right) Joe Blanton, John Mayberry Jr and Placido Polanco after his three-run homer in the 2nd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Rockies 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (1-2, 2.28)
LP – Rafael Batencourt (1-3, 3.28)

PHIADELPHIA — Twice Rafael Batencourt produced two ground balls but twice his infield failed to get the batters out on them.

Back-to-back infield hits, the second being on a catching error by Todd Helton, resulted in the Phillies 7-6 walk-off win in the 9th inning.

The game was nearly lost in the 9th with Jonathan Papelbon on the hill. He gave up a two-out RBI single to Dexter Fowler that gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead in the 9th inning.

But the Phillies rallied with two outs in the bottom half.

Ty Wigginton singled with two outs to set up Hunter Pence’s RBI double off the wall in the corner of left field. Wigginton was running on the pitch and scored from first to tie the game, 6-6.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Shane Victorino legged out a ground ball up the middle, beating Marco Scutaro’s throw. The next batter, Placido Polanco, hit the ball in the same spot, but this time Helton couldn’t find the bag and Polly was safe, scoring Pence from third.

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Game 70: Making Up Ground

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz and SS Jimmy Rollins celebrate after Ruiz’s two-run homer in last night’s 7-2 over the Rockies. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies find themselves in a position they haven’t been in for a very long time: last place in June.

Sitting five games under .500 (32-37) and eight games behind the first place Nationals, the Phillies are looking to gain some ground heading into the All-Star Break.

Talking with one of the TTB writers yesterday, Dan MacNeal, we both feel the Phillies have a little bit of a run in them. Perhaps if the team can win 70% of its next 18 games (13-5 record) they could find themselves maybe four or five games out of first and with a 45-42 record heading into the break.

In that time, Chase Utley will have returned to the line up and more news on the progress of Ryan Howard will be made (hopefully in an official rehab stint by the break).

The 18 games remaining start with nine more home games on this 10-game homestand. The Phillies have two more with the Rockies before hosting one of the best teams in the American League, Tampa Bay, and the Pittsburgh Pirates who are currently playing some good baseball.

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High Note: Phils Cap Off Bad Day With Win

Phillies RF Hunter Pence drives in a run on a ground out in the 7th inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Rockies 2
WP – Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)
LP – Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41)

PHILADELPHIA — As posted earlier, injury and suspension news started off what was looking to be another bleak day in an already awful season for the Phillies.

But the team put all of that stuff behind them as well as a three-game losing streak to beat the Rockies, 7-2, Tuesday night.

The bats backed Cole Hamels, who allowed less than four runs for the first time since May 23. He went eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven.

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Series Preview: vs Colorado Rockies

PHI: 31-37, 5th in NL East; COL: 25-40, 4th in NL West

When: June 19-21
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) vs Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44)
Wednesday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93) vs Alex White (2-5, 5.56)
Thursday: Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80) vs Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye.
Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City)
Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City)
Projected Record: 93-69
Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing 2011 campaign. The Giants went 86-76, missing the wild card by four games to the Cardinals, who won the World Series.

The Giants are hoping Madison Bumgarner fills in big as the number three pitcher after the Giants dealt Jonathan Sanchez for Melky Cabrera. They still have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the front of their rotation, boasting one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

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