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Phelps' career game lifts Pirates over Rockies

CBSSports.com wire reports

DENVER -- Colorado's series against the Pittsburgh Pirates left Rockies manager Clint Hurdle feeling sick.

Josh Phelps had three RBI and a career-high four hits, Paul Maholm scattered seven hits over seven innings and Pittsburgh beat Colorado 5-1 Thursday.

The Pirates took three of four games from the Rockies, who have lost four of five and are struggling to stay in the NL West race. They were seven back of division-leading Arizona entering play Thursday.

"This series stings," Hurdle said. "We are in a position we want to be in and have trouble against a team that played very well for four days."

Phelps, who was acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees on June 22, went 4-for-5 in his sixth start for the Pirates. Maholm (10-14) allowed a run, walked two and struck out five in winning for the fifth time in seven starts.

"I've got some stuff that I'm sticking to that I'm ready when I get up there," Phelps said. "I'm not wasting any time and I take the approach that I'm gonna take a rip at the first thing I think I can handle and after that I'm going to let it fall where it may."

Franklin Morales (0-1) struggled with his control in his second career start, walking five in four-plus innings for Colorado. He was charged with four runs and seven hits.

Phelps doubled in Freddy Sanchez with two outs in the first to put Pittsburgh in front. Phelps also doubled in Jack Wilson and Sanchez in the third and scored on Jose Bautista's single to make it 4-0.

"Josh has been understanding of his role here and contributed when he's been called upon," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "It's up to me to find playing time for him and give him the chance to contribute."

Jason Bay singled in a run in the ninth for the Pirates, who finished with 10 hits.

Maholm worked out of a jam in the second inning. After walking Todd Helton and allowing a single to Garrett Atkins, Maholm struck out Ryan Spilborghs, Yorvit Torrealba and Jamey Carroll.

Helton singled and scored on Spilborghs' groundout in the fourth.

"It was one of those things that I was really just trying to limit the damage and go right after them," Maholm said. "I was getting into favorable counts and threw some good breaking balls."

Shawn Chacon pitched a scoreless eighth and Matt Capps struck out two in a perfect ninth for the Pirates.

"We only made things tough for ourselves," Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.


  • A sore hamstring kept Pittsburgh OF Xavier Nady out of the lineup.
  • LHP Shane Youman will pitch the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday for the Pirates against Cincinnati.
  • OF Jamey Carroll was in right field to give the Rockies another right-handed bat against Maholm.
  • Colorado won the season series 4-3.
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Players of the Game

P. Maholm
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 2
K 5

J. Phelps
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3000220 .253
Jack Wilson, SS5120011 .272
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4320113 .309
Josh Phelps, 1B5143011 .323
    Matt Capps, P00000001.000
Jason Bay, LF4011122 .250
Jose Bautista, RF3011212 .261
Matt Kata, 3B5000004 .216
Carlos Maldonado, C2000201 .000
Paul Maholm, P3000015 .185
   a- Jose Castillo, PH1000000 .247
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .273
    Adam LaRoche, 1B0000000 .264
a-grounded out for Maholm in the 8th
2B - Jack Wilson (21, Morales), Freddy Sanchez (35, Corpas), Josh Phelps 2 (5, Morales, Morales)
RBI - Josh Phelps 3 (26), Jason Bay (81), Jose Bautista (45)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Phelps (14), Jose Bautista (14)
PK - Paul Maholm (1, Morales)
Team LOB - 11
DP - J. Wilson-F. Sanchez-Phelps, Maholm-J. Wilson-Phelps
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (W,10-14) 7711250 4.39
Shawn Chacon (H,8) 1100120 4.17
Matt Capps 1000020 2.25
WP - Paul Maholm (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 89-58, Shawn Chacon 25-15, Matt Capps 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 9-5, Matt Capps 1-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 28, Shawn Chacon 5, Matt Capps 3
Colorado Rockies
Kaz Matsui, 2B4010011 .287
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4010011 .293
Matt Holliday, LF4010012 .335
Todd Helton, 1B2110200 .299
Garrett Atkins, 3B4020013 .280
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4001015 .315
Yorvit Torrealba, C3010122 .269
Jamey Carroll, RF4000014 .222
Franklin Morales, P1000000 .333
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1000000 .307
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH1010000 .333
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
   c- Brad Hawpe, PH1000010 .289
a-flied out for Affeldt in the 5th
b-doubled for Julio in the 7th
c-struck out for Corpas in the 9th
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (22, Maholm), Ian Stewart (2, Maholm)
RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (45)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Atkins-Torrealba-Helton
E - Troy Tulowitzki (11, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales (L,0-1) 4744520 4.82
Jeremy Affeldt 1000210 3.28
Jorge Julio 2000130 4.75
LaTroy Hawkins 1000010 3.56
Manuel Corpas 1310020 2.12
IBB - Maldonado by Jeremy Affeldt
WP - Jorge Julio (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 89-49, Jeremy Affeldt 17-8, Jorge Julio 25-17, LaTroy Hawkins 10-6, Manuel Corpas 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 8-1, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Jorge Julio 1-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Manuel Corpas 1-0
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 23, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Jorge Julio 7, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Manuel Corpas 6
Game Information
Attendance - 20380
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly