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.
After Jimmy Rollins’ one-out single in the 9th, Rosario mishandled a pitch from Matt Belisle to put Rollins on second. Despite a nice play by Belisle to get Rollins in a run-down during the at-bat, Nate Schierholtz was able to get to second on the ground ball to keep a runner in scoring position.
Belisle then intentionally walked Chase Utley to face Ryan Howard. During Howard’s at-bat, Rosario let another ball by him to put runners on second and third and Belisle intentionally walked Howard to load the bases.
That brought up John Mayberry with two outs. Mayberry got ahold of curveball that he muscled into left field.
Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez charged in and dove but trapped the ball and the Phillies won the game.
Cole Hamels had a rocky start but settled in beautifully. In the 2nd, Hamels was tapped for four singles, two of them driving in runs to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
Philadelphia answered right back, tying the game up on a Ryan Howard two-run double to centerfield that scored Hamels from third and Chase Utley from first.
Hamels settled down after that, pitching seven innings while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Hamels left during the tie game, so he chalked up another no-decision.
2B: Howard (9), Nix (10).