Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Chris Nelson and Wilin Rosario both hit
two-run homers to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Philadelphia Phillies,
4-1, in the finale of a three-game series.
Jeff Francis gave up one run on six hits in a five-inning start for the
Rockies, who snapped a four-game skid. Josh Roenicke (2-0) tossed 1 1/3
scoreless innings to pick up the win.
"He was doing what he does," Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino said of
Francis. "He's not overpowering like he used to be, but he pitched very
Jimmy Rollins homered for the Phillies, who were trying to record their first
three-game series sweep of the year.
Vance Worley (3-4) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings.
Rollins started the bottom of the first with a homer over the wall in left.
The Phillies left runners on first and second later in the inning.
Philadelphia had a chance to add to its lead in the second. John Mayberry led
off with a double to left-center field. Two batters later, Worley reached
first on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error. Francis retired the
next two batters to keep it a 1-0 game.
"He did a terrific job in picking us up after the defensive miscue," Rockies
manager Jim Tracy said of Francis.
Meanwhile, Worley was cruising on the mound for the Phillies. But it took just
one mistake from Worley in the seventh to change the game. Tyler Colvin hit a
one-out double down the left-field line. Nelson stepped to the plate with two
outs and smacked Worley's offering over the left-center field wall to give
Colorado a 2-1 edge.
Philadelphia wasted another golden scoring opportunity in the eighth. Pinch-
hitter Ty Wigginton led off with a double to right-center field. Matt Belisle
was able to settle down and retire the next three batters to keep Colorado in
Rosario's homer in the ninth provided some breathing room. Pinch-hitter Todd
Helton walked with one out. Michael Schwimer came in from the bullpen and gave
up the home run to Rosario.
Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season.
The Phillies had won five in a row against the Rockies...Worley hasn't won
since May 11th...Colorado improved to 2-4 on a nine-game road
trip...Philadelphia went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded
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