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Late homers complete come back

Phillies starter Cole Hamels allowed two runs in six innings while striking out five in his no decision on Monday. (Chris Schneider/AP Photo)

Shane Victorino knew it was gone once it left his bat.

The switch-hitting All-Star, who was flipped to his right side – the stronger of the two – ripped a solo home run to lead off the 10th, capping a come back win over the Rockies. The 4-3 win expanded the Phils winning streak to four games, starting the 10-game road trip off with a win.

John Mayberry’s two-run blast off closer Huston Street in the 9th inning tied the game up at 3-apiece. Street’s blown save was his fifth on the season, erasing the chance at a huge win over a hot Phillies team. After sitting down the first two batters, Street gave up a two-out double to Carlos Ruiz before Mayberry’s two-run blast.

Hamels was strong in his six innings of work, allowing two runs, both on a mistake to the Rockies Seth Smith. He even worked his way out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the 5th inning as he gave up six hits and a walk while striking out five in the no-decision.

The lack of run support early erased an opportunity for the left-hander to get his 13th win. Instead, he was slated with the no-decision.

The left-handed hitting Smith for the Rockies got the scoring going in the 2nd, when he took Hamels’ 2-1 offering into the centerfield grass to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead. It was only his 9th home run of the season.

The ball was carrying for both teams. Raul Ibanez cut the lead in half with his RBI double to the warning track in center. Dexter Fowler appeared to lose the ball in the sky or assumed it was gone and let the ball fall to the warning track. Hunter Pence scored from first on the play.

But the Rockies answered right back in the 7th with a solo home run by Chris Ianetta off Michael Stutes to the exact same spot. This time it carried over the fence and gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead.

The Phils had a chance to do some damage in the top of the 8th. With runners on secone and third with two outs, Pence battled against Rockies right-hander Rafeal Betancourt in an 8-pitch at-bat. But the reliever got Pence to swing at some high cheese, striking him out and ending the Phillies’ threat, which would have been their last if they didn’t get production from the eight and pinch hitters.

Jhoulys Chacin was strong for Colorado, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings in the no decision. He allowed a run on six hits and two walks while striking out two. He was also denied his ninth win of the season when Street blew the save with two outs.

The Phillies now hold a seven game lead on the Braves, a beautiful thing for Phillies fans everywhere.

2B: Utley (14), Ruiz 2 (18), Ibanez (22). HR: Mayberry (7), Victorino (

WP: Bastardo (). LP: Brothers (). S: Madson (19).



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