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.
With Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino on, Pence sent Pomeranz’s 2-2 offering over the left field wall to give the Phillies a commanding 5-0 lead.
It enabled Hamels to do work, which he did. Hamels went eight inning, allowing a run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He allowed an RBI triple to Carlos Gonzalez in the 6th to put the Rockies on the board.
Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning to seal the door shut on the team’s first series win in nearly a month.
The Phillies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on Carlos Ruiz’s RBI single. They added a run in the 4th on a sacrifice fly by Placido Polanco to score Ruiz before Pence’s blast in the 5th.
Ruiz remained hot as he’s been all season, going 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored.
2B: Ruiz (23). 3B: Victorino (4). HR: Pence (17).