Colorado at Philadelphia

Final 10th
W: B. Myers (4-6) L: T. Buchholz (6-5)
HR: COL - T. Tulowitzki (20), M. Holliday (27)   PHI - R. Howard (38), P. Burrell (28)

Howard ends extra-inning thriller, Phillies edge past Rockies wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Burrell's second-half surge has Philadelphia on the brink of the wild-card lead. More games like this one and the Phillies just might get there.

Ryan Howard doubled home the winning run in the 10th inning after Burrell tied the game with a dramatic homer in the seventh, leading the Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

"We've got to keep winning and playing hard," Burrell said.

While Burrell knew his home run was gone from the moment it left his bat, Yorvit Torrealba's shot left too much doubt about clearing the fence in the fourth. The Rockies' catcher ended up with a controversial ground-rule double, allowing Burrell's swing to set up another thrilling win for the Phillies.

Chase Utley led off the 10th with a single off Taylor Buchholz (6-5), the seventh pitcher for Colorado. After Burrell struck out, Howard lined a double to left, and the speedy Utley hustled all the way around for the winning run as the Phillies continue to gain ground in their playoff push.

The Rockies and Phillies are jostling in the NL wild-card standings, and Philadelphia took the first game of the four-game series to close within 1½ games of the idle wild card-leading Padres. The Rockies are 3½ games back.

"I think we've kind of shifted our attention away from the (NL East-leading) Mets," Burrell said. "I think six games at this point is too much. So we had to regroup. Sometimes that's hard."

Brett Myers (4-6) pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th, leaving a runner stranded on third in the 10th.

Troy Tulowitzki set an NL rookie record for homers by a shortstop and Matt Holliday also went deep for Colorado. Howard hit his 38th homer for the Phillies.

The game might not have gone extras if not for the call in the fourth.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Torrealba hit a shot the opposite way to right. A fan reached for the ball and it fell back onto the field, though replays were inconclusive whether it went over the fence. Torrealba had a ground-rule double on fan interference, giving the Rockies a 2-1 lead.

Colorado manager Clint Hurdle argued for several minutes on the infield grass with first base umpire Mike DiMuro. All four umps briefly conferred, but the call stood. It turned out to cost the Rockies two runs once pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was retired to end the inning.

"I don't think they got the call right," Hurdle said. "It's a hard call. It took away two runs."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he saw a fan reach over the fence to catch the ball.

Jimenez -- who gave up four hits, two runs, struck out three -- had his fastball humming in the triple digits and shut down Philadelphia's potent lineup through six innings. But the Rockies' bullpen totally collapsed in the seventh and earned him a tough no-decision.

Jimmy Rollins hit a two-out single off LaTroy Hawkins and stole second and third. The left-handed Jeremy Affeldt walked Utley and Hurdle brought in right-hander Jorge Julio to face the streaking Burrell, who has raised his average from .201 in July to .266 after he went 2-for-5.

Once the most booed athlete in Philadelphia in any sport this year, Burrell has turned his season and the fan reaction around. He hit a 2-0 fastball from Julio deep into the left-field seats for his 28th homer, tying the game at 5 and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

"I knew if I just stayed with it and kept going, things had to turn around," Burrell said. "Now, it's just maintaining what I'm doing and keep going."

Added a chuckling Manuel: "I remember when you guys were hollering for me to bench him. He's got 90 RBI and come a long way."

Kyle Lohse nearly matched Jimenez with six solid innings. He gave up three runs and struck out five -- two when the Rockies threatened with two on and one out in the fifth.

Tulowitzki's 20th homer in the fifth made it 3-1, breaking the NL record for homers by a rookie shortstop that was set by Ernie Banks in 1954.

After the Phillies' bullpen threw 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball the last two games against Florida, Jose Mesa allowed Holliday's two-run homer in the seventh.

Utley's RBI single in the third gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead and Howard hit a solo shot in the sixth.


  • The Phillies activated OF Michael Bourn off the DL. Bourn, in his first full season with the Phillies, had been out since the end of July with a sprained left ankle. The reserve outfielder was batting .284 with a homer, six RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
  • The Rockies haven't decided who will pitch the third game of the series.
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Ryan Howard gets mobbed after completing the dramatic comeback for the Phillies.  (AP)
Ryan Howard gets mobbed after completing the dramatic comeback for the Phillies. (AP)

Players of the Game

P. Burrell
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Game Information
Attendance - 25046
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - John Hirschbeck