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Utley homers in fifth straight game, Phils rally past Rockies

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DENVER -- Chase Utley used his bat and glove to help the Philadelphia Phillies get revenge on the Colorado Rockies.

Utley homered for the fifth straight game and made a diving stop to start a key double play in the third inning in Philadelphia's 9-5 win over Colorado on Monday night.

Jayson Werth added an inside-the-park home run in the first meeting between the teams since the Rockies' first-round playoff sweep last October.

Utley hit his major league-leading ninth home run -- his sixth in five games. He became the fourth player in Philadelphia franchise history to homer in five straight games. Bobby Abreu was the last to do it on May 8-12, 2005.

The All-Star second baseman became the first major leaguer to homer in five straight games since the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez from Sept. 4-9 last year, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Chase is seeing the ball good and he's hitting the ball very hard," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's always ready to hit, and he expects to hit every day. That's what I like about him."

Even after extending his home-run streak, it was Utley's play on Clint Barmes' grounder up the middle that had his teammates heaping praise upon him.

"Incredible," Werth said. "That was a great play. I came in and watched it on replay. It was one of the best plays I've seen."

The Rockies led 3-0 when they loaded the bases with one out in the third. Barmes hit a sharp grounder over the mound, and Utley laid out to snare it, starting an inning-ending double play.

"The ball took a funny hop off the mound and it hung up in the air," Utley said. "I got lucky and caught it. A base hit there would have hurt a lot."

Garrett Atkins and Yorvit Torrealba homered for the Rockies, who blew an eighth-inning lead for the second straight day.

The Phillies mounted the winning rally off Taylor Buchholz (1-1) with two outs and no one on. Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell singled, and Pedro Feliz walked. Brian Fuentes came on in relief, and Carlos Ruiz doubled down the right-field line to drive in two runs.

"It's a good piece of hitting and hitting them where they ain't," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's what he did. It wasn't a bad pitch.

"I had it for an inning and two thirds and I let down," Buchholz said. "I couldn't throw my curve ball for a strike."

Philadelphia added three runs in the top of the ninth off Micah Bowie on doubles by Werth and T.J. Bohn. Rudy Seanez (2-1) got the win in relief.

The Rockies jumped out to the early lead in the second. Brad Hawpe started the inning with a double to left-center, and Clint Barmes followed with a bloop single to left. Torrealba hit a 2-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers to make it 3-0. It was his second home run of the season.

Struggling Troy Tulowitzki had a tough night, making the final out of the second, fourth and sixth innings with runners in scoring position. He went 0-for-5 to lower his average to .165.

The Phillies scored twice in the fourth. Howard, who came into the game hitting .185, singled to right with two outs and Burrell followed with his seventh homer of the season to make it 3-2.

Colorado got the runs back when Atkins hit his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot into left field with one out in the fifth.

The Phillies rallied in the sixth. Werth hit a drive to deep center that Taveras couldn't get off the carom, and he beat the relay throw to home. Utley followed with a home run to make it 5-4 and chase starter Mark Redman.

Notes

  • Colorado pitching coach Bob Apodaca left Coors Field prior to Monday's game for what the Rockies said were family reasons.
  • Werth's inside-the-park home run was the first by a Phillies player since Jimmy Rollins did it on April 7, 2007, at Florida.
  • The Phillies have hit back-to-back home runs three times this year.
 
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The Phils' Jason Werth slides safely into home plate to achieve an inside-the-park home run in the sixth.  (AP)
The Phils' Jason Werth slides safely into home plate to achieve an inside-the-park home run in the sixth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

P. Burrell
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
So Taguchi, RF4000011 .240
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Coste, PH0100000 .385
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, CF5222010 .283
Chase Utley, 2B5121022 .354
Ryan Howard, 1B5220013 .200
Pat Burrell, LF4132000 .364
    T.J. Bohn, PR-LF1112000 .500
Pedro Feliz, 3B4000102 .203
Carlos Ruiz, C4012011 .212
Eric Bruntlett, SS4000002 .170
Kyle Kendrick, P2010010 .143
    Clay Condrey, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Jenkins, PH-RF2110010 .254
Totals40913918  
a-hit by pitch for Gordon in the 9th
b-struck out for Condrey in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (3, Bowie), Chase Utley (8, Redman), T.J. Bohn (1, Bowie), Carlos Ruiz (3, Fuentes)
HR - Jayson Werth (2, Redman), Chase Utley (9, Redman), Pat Burrell (7, Redman)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (7), Chase Utley (18), Pat Burrell 2 (19), T.J. Bohn 2 (2), Carlos Ruiz 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Pat Burrell 2 (8), T.J. Bohn 2 (2), Carlos Ruiz 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Utley-Bruntlett-Howard, Feliz-Utley-Howard, Utley-Howard
E - T.J. Bohn (1, Dropped fly), Eric Bruntlett (3, Throwing), Pedro Feliz (3, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
Kyle Kendrick 5855222 5.59
Clay Condrey 1000210 7.04
Rudy Seanez (W,2-1) 1000100 0.00
Tom Gordon (H,3) 1000020 8.22
Brad Lidge 1100020 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Kendrick 97-62, Clay Condrey 14-6, Rudy Seanez 10-5, Tom Gordon 14-11, Brad Lidge 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Kendrick 8-5, Clay Condrey 1-0, Rudy Seanez 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Kendrick 25, Clay Condrey 4, Rudy Seanez 3, Tom Gordon 4, Brad Lidge 4
Colorado Rockies
Willy Taveras, CF4020101 .273
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5000025 .165
Todd Helton, 1B4110102 .270
Matt Holliday, LF4000124 .315
Garrett Atkins, 3B4112001 .313
Brad Hawpe, RF3110100 .250
Clint Barmes, 2B4120012 .400
Yorvit Torrealba, C4123011 .240
Mark Redman, P1000000 .000
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH0000100 .188
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1000011 .265
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
Totals3459557  
a-walked for Herges in the 6th
b-struck out for Fuentes in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willy Taveras (4, Kendrick), Brad Hawpe (5, Kendrick), Yorvit Torrealba (4, Kendrick)
HR - Garrett Atkins (4, Kendrick), Yorvit Torrealba (2, Kendrick)
SH - Mark Redman (2)
RBI - Garrett Atkins 2 (13), Yorvit Torrealba 3 (9)
SB - Willy Taveras (6, 3rd base off Kendrick/Ruiz), Scott Podsednik 2 (3, 2nd base off Condrey/Ruiz, 3rd base off Condrey/Ruiz)
CS - Clint Barmes (1, 2nd base by Kendrick/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 8
Colorado Rockies
Mark Redman 5644053 5.23
Matt Herges (H,2) 1100000 2.13
Taylor Buchholz (H,4; L,1-1) 1.2222120 2.31
Brian Fuentes (BS,2) 0.1100000 2.70
Micah Bowie 1333010 9.00
HBP - Coste (by Micah Bowie)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 81-56, Matt Herges 14-9, Taylor Buchholz 32-18, Brian Fuentes 5-3, Micah Bowie 27-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 9-1, Taylor Buchholz 2-1, Brian Fuentes 1-0, Micah Bowie 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 21, Matt Herges 4, Taylor Buchholz 8, Brian Fuentes 2, Micah Bowie 7
Game Information
Attendance - 24886
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Ed Hickox