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.
That game didn’t start out Hamels’ way though. He allowed a 1st-inning run when Tyler Colvin drove in Eric Young to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
The Phillies tied it up in the 3rd on Placido Polanco’s RBI double to score Jimmy Rollins. They took the lead the following inning when John Mayberry hit a two-run homer off Josh Outman, his fourth of the season to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead.
They expanded on their lead in the 5th inning with Carlos Ruiz’s RBI double to make it 4-1. After Colorado cut the lead in half, the Phils erupted in the 7th inning for three runs, including Carlos Ruiz’s two-run homer.
Ruiz’s home run was his ninth on the season, tying a career high. His two-hit, three-RBI game improved his average to .358, third best in the Majors.
2B: Rollins (15), Polanco (12), Ruiz (17), Mayberry (10). HR: Mayberry (4), Ruiz (9).
KRATZ OPTIONED — The Phillies optioned catcher Erik Kratz after the game. A roster move will be made tomorrow.
Kratz was up with the Phillies while Carlos Ruiz’s health was in question. Ruiz is fine and Kratz was sent back to AAA.