Colorado at Philadelphia

W: F. Morales (1-2) L: A. Eaton (9-9)
HR: COL - T. Tulowitzki (21), T. Helton (13), M. Holliday (28), M. Holliday (29)   PHI - J. Rollins (27)

Holliday's two HRs, Morales' gem lift Rockies past Phillies wire reports

PHILADELPHIA -- Fighting to stay in the playoff race, the Colorado Rockies got another major lift from a rookie.

Franklin Morales threw five scoreless innings to earn his first major-league win and Matt Holliday hit two homers to lead Colorado to an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton hit solo home runs for the Rockies, who remained 3½ games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card standings.

The Phillies fell 2½ back of the Padres, who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Morales (1-2) gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four in his fifth major league start. The hard-throwing left-hander had a 6.23 ERA before shutting down the league's highest-scoring offense.

"He's got a big arm and a passion to pitch," manager Clint Hurdle said of the 21-year-old. "He's a fierce competitor and loves to play the game."

Jimmy Rollins hit his 27th homer off Jeremy Affeldt in the eighth for Philadelphia, which couldn't rally against Colorado's bullpen for the second straight game.

Adam Eaton (9-9) continued his string of ineffective starts, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Signed to a $24.5 million, three-year deal in the offseason, Eaton has been a major bust. He's 2-5 with a 7.20 ERA in 14 starts since June 11 and has a 6.31 ERA overall.

"I don't think I threw the ball that bad, but a bulk of my mistakes ended up over the fence," Eaton said.

Tulowitzki lined the second pitch he saw into the flower bed over the left-field wall to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the first inning. He extended his NL rookie record for homers by a shortstop to 21.

Helton crushed a hanging curve into the second deck in right to make it 2-0 in the fourth.

The Rockies scored four runs off Eaton and two relievers to take a 6-0 lead in the sixth. Tulowitzki walked leading off the inning and Holliday followed with a two-run shot to left.

Eaton left after giving up his 29th homer this season and sixth in the last two starts. Kane Davis entered and allowed three singles, including an RBI hit by Yorvit Torrealba. Pinch-hitter Joe Koshansky's sacrifice fly off Geoff Geary made it 6-0.

Garrett Atkins added an RBI double in the seventh. Holliday hit his 29th homer in the ninth off Fabio Castro.

"I just try to do something positive every day," said Holliday, who has a career-high 116 RBI. "It's a good place to hit."

Rollins ripped a liner into the left-field seats for Philadelphia's first run. The 5-foot-8 shortstop trails only Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez with 337 total bases.

Rollins has 35 doubles, 19 triples and 30 stolen bases. No major league player has ever had 40 doubles, 20 triples, 30 homers and 30 steals in one season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Only one player -- Jim Bottomley of the 1928 St. Louis Cardinals -- ever had 40 doubles, 20 triples and 30 homers.


  • After going 6-15 in the first 21 games against left-handers, the Phillies are 17-9 against southpaws since.
  • Helton is hitting .379 (22-for-58) with six homers and 13 RBI against Eaton.
  • Phillies LF Pat Burrell walked for the 100th time this season, setting a career high.
  • Holliday has eight career multihomer games, including two this season.
  • Rockies bench coach Jamie Quirk and Hurdle were ejected in the ninth after Helton was called out on strikes.
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Franklin Morales throws five scoreless innings in shutting down the league's highest-scoring team.  (AP)
Franklin Morales throws five scoreless innings in shutting down the league's highest-scoring team. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Holliday
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2

F. Morales
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 4

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Colorado Rockies
Cory Sullivan, CF4010113 .306
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3211111 .292
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Stewart, PH1000011 .206
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Omar Quintanilla, 2B0000000 .229
Matt Holliday, LF4323011 .335
Todd Helton, 1B4231110 .314
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Garrett Atkins, 3B-1B4121111 .284
Brad Hawpe, RF4010112 .283
Yorvit Torrealba, C5011022 .256
Jamey Carroll, 2B-3B3000100 .212
Franklin Morales, P2010000 .333
   b- Joe Koshansky, PH0001000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Clint Barmes, SS1000000 .212
a-struck out for Speier in the 8th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Morales in the 6th
2B - Cory Sullivan (3, Rosario), Garrett Atkins (32, Geary)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (21, Eaton), Matt Holliday 2 (29, Eaton, Castro), Todd Helton (13, Eaton)
SF - Joe Koshansky (1)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (82), Matt Holliday 3 (116), Todd Helton (73), Garrett Atkins (100), Yorvit Torrealba (42), Joe Koshansky (1)
SB - Matt Holliday (11, 2nd base off Geary/Ruiz)
CS - Brad Hawpe (1, 2nd base by Eaton/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
E - Clint Barmes (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales (W,1-2) 5300140 4.84
Matt Herges 1000110 2.35
Ryan Speier 1000110 4.76
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2221011 3.69
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1000100 3.47
Manuel Corpas 1000000 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 83-49, Matt Herges 15-7, Ryan Speier 15-9, Jeremy Affeldt 16-13, LaTroy Hawkins 13-6, Manuel Corpas 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 4-7, Matt Herges 1-1, Ryan Speier 2-0, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Manuel Corpas 2-1
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 19, Matt Herges 4, Ryan Speier 4, Jeremy Affeldt 5, LaTroy Hawkins 2, Manuel Corpas 3
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5111010 .295
Chase Utley, 2B4110000 .338
Pat Burrell, LF2010211 .267
Ryan Howard, 1B4000023 .264
Aaron Rowand, CF4000001 .312
Jayson Werth, RF3010100 .320
Wes Helms, 3B3010012 .248
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B1000002 .283
Carlos Ruiz, C3000101 .260
Adam Eaton, P2000010 .228
    Kane Davis, P0000000 .000
    Geoff Geary, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Laforest, PH1000011 .357
    Francisco Rosario, P0000000 .000
    Fabio Castro, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Victorino, PH1000000 .284
a-grounded out for Helms in the 8th
b-struck out for Geary in the 7th
c-lined out for Castro in the 9th
2B - Pat Burrell (24, Morales)
HR - Jimmy Rollins (27, Affeldt)
RBI - Jimmy Rollins (82)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Ruiz-Rollins, Utley-Rollins-Howard, Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Eaton (L,9-9) 5644263 6.31
Kane Davis 0.1322000 7.50
Geoff Geary 1.2111300 4.75
Francisco Rosario 1100010 5.70
Fabio Castro 1111121 5.91
IBB - Helton by Geoff Geary, by Hawpe
HBP - Holliday (by Geoff Geary)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Eaton 83-48, Kane Davis 18-10, Geoff Geary 27-12, Francisco Rosario 12-7, Fabio Castro 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Eaton 3-4, Geoff Geary 3-1, Francisco Rosario 1-1
Batters Faced - Adam Eaton 21, Kane Davis 4, Geoff Geary 9, Francisco Rosario 4, Fabio Castro 5
Game Information
Attendance - 25263
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Wally Bell