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Philadelphia (2-3) «0030201118150
Colorado (3-2)020110000440

Phillies 8, Rockies 4

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DENVER -- Brett Myers remained perfect at Coors Field with an imperfect outing Saturday night.

Myers allowed three home runs in the Philadelphia Phillies' 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, improving to 5-0 at Coors Field and 7-0 in eight career appearances against the Rockies.

He wasn't exactly thrilled, though.

"Probably middle of the season I make those mistakes and they pop them up," Myers said. "I don't know what the heck's going on right now but every mistake I make is going over the fence. "

The right-hander allowed four runs and four hits, including homers by Troy Tulowitzki, Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes. He struck out six and walked one as the defending World Series champions won for the second time in five games.

Myers (1-1) also allowed three homers in his first start, a 4-1 loss to Atlanta in the majors' first game of the season. This time all those souvenirs in the bleachers hardly mattered because the Phillies pounded Colorado's pitching for 15 hits and rallied for seven two-out runs.

Of the dozen hits Myers has allowed so far, half of them are home runs, and all eight runs he's given up have scored via the long ball.

"I just want to be able to make a mistake and get away with one. That's it, just one, and I'll feel a lot better about it," Myers said. "Right now it's not happening. We won, that's all that matters.

"I felt good. Same thing with the Braves game, make a couple of mistakes and they're hitting them. Nothing really you can do about it, except don't make mistakes, but that's going to happen over the course of a game."

Barmes suggested Myers was being too hard on himself.

"He only made three mistakes, and I don't even know if they were really that bad of pitches," Barmes said. "And so, it was tough to get anything rolling tonight."

At least this time, the Phillies' hitters had Myers' back.

Ryan Howard broke out of his hitting funk with a three-run double, Jayson Werth's two-run triple off reliever Ryan Speier broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth and Raul Ibanez went deep in the seventh for Philadelphia.

"It definitely felt good to have those hits, especially with two outs," Howard said. "That makes all the difference in the game when you can get big two-out hits. It can change the flow."

After being struck in neutral all week, the Phillies' lineup finally resembled the one that rolled to the title last fall.

"That's more of what we're accustomed to," Werth said. "Not that we're going to hit like that every night."

Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) struggled through 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, all with two outs, and six hits.

"I threw a lot of pitches in a little bit of innings," said De La Rosa, who threw 99 pitches. "I was behind in the count and I paid for it."

Tulowitzki gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second inning when he followed Brad Hawpe's double with a shot into the rock pile beyond the center-field wall.

Howard broke out of his 3-for-17 funk with his three-run double an inning later. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino hit two-out singles and Chase Utley drew a walk before Howard sent De La Rosa's first pitch into the alley in left-center, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

"We've been kind of slow getting runs, myself especially," Howard said. "But to be able to get that hit to get us going, to get us jump-started, it was a good thing."

Atkins tied it at 3 in the fourth with his second homer in as many games.

De La Rosa ran into trouble again in the fifth when Utley and Howard hit back-to-back singles with two outs, bringing in Speier, who served up Werth's triple into the right-field corner.

Barmes led off the bottom half with his first homer, but Myers retired the next nine batters he faced before giving way to Ryan Madson, who pitched a perfect eighth. Brad Lidge followed with a 1-2-3 ninth after Philadelphia tacked on another run off Huston Street in the top half.

Jason Hammel, acquired from Tampa Bay on Sunday for minor league pitcher Anuery Rodriguez, had a shaky debut for the Rockies, allowing two runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Notes

The Phillies placed C Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle and called up C Lou Marson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. ... The Rockies have homered in all five of their games.

 
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Players of the Game
Philadelphia

R. Howard
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110102 .130
Shane Victorino, CF5230102 .250
Chase Utley, 2B4221104 .444
Ryan Howard, 1B4123111 .250
Jayson Werth, RF4012112 .316
Raul Ibanez, LF5221013 .250
Pedro Feliz, 3B5031000 .333
Chris Coste, C5010012 .250
Brett Myers, P2000010 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .000
    Ryan Madson, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH1000012 .000
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals41815856  
a-grounded out for Myers in the 8th
b-struck out for Madson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Shane Victorino (1, Hammel), Ryan Howard (2, De La Rosa), Raul Ibanez (2, Street)
3B - Jayson Werth (1, Speier)
HR - Raul Ibanez (2, Hammel)
SH - Brett Myers (1)
RBI - Chase Utley (3), Ryan Howard 3 (4), Jayson Werth 2 (4), Raul Ibanez (4), Pedro Feliz (4)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (1), Ryan Howard 3 (3), Jayson Werth 2 (2), Raul Ibanez (1)
SB - Chase Utley (1, 2nd base off Grilli/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 12
Philadelphia Phillies
Brett Myers (W,1-1) 7444163 5.54
Ryan Madson (H,2) 1000020 0.00
Brad Lidge 1000010 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Myers 102-66, Ryan Madson 14-8, Brad Lidge 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Myers 10-5, Ryan Madson 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Myers 26, Ryan Madson 3, Brad Lidge 3
Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4000010 .318
Seth Smith, LF4000030 .083
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
Todd Helton, 1B4000020 .188
Garrett Atkins, 3B4111000 .150
Brad Hawpe, RF4110010 .263
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2112100 .333
Yorvit Torrealba, C3000001 .286
Clint Barmes, 2B3111000 .333
Jorge De La Rosa, P1000010 .000
    Ryan Speier, P0000000 .000
   a- Omar Quintanilla, PH1000010 .000
    Jason Hammel, P0000000 .000
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
   b- Ian Stewart, PH-LF1000000 .571
Totals3144419  
a-struck out for Speier in the 5th
b-grounded out for Grilli in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brad Hawpe (4, Myers)
HR - Garrett Atkins (2, Myers), Troy Tulowitzki (3, Myers), Clint Barmes (1, Myers)
RBI - Garrett Atkins (4), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (5), Clint Barmes (1)
Team LOB - 1
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (L,0-1) 4.2655230 9.64
Ryan Speier 0.1100000 3.38
Jason Hammel 2.2522211 6.75
Jason Grilli 0.1000110 2.70
Huston Street 0.2311010 5.40
Manny Corpas 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Howard by Jason Grilli
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 99-56, Ryan Speier 8-4, Jason Hammel 54-31, Jason Grilli 10-4, Huston Street 23-14, Manny Corpas 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-6, Ryan Speier 1-0, Jason Hammel 3-4
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 22, Ryan Speier 2, Jason Hammel 15, Jason Grilli 2, Huston Street 5, Manny Corpas 1
Game Information
Attendance - 35251
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Mike Everitt