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Utley swings Phils past Rockies, two back in East

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DENVER -- The blurry-eyed Philadelphia Phillies didn't mind that they wouldn't get a lot of shuteye after making their one-night stopover in Denver so worthwhile.

Chase Utley drove in six runs and hit a grand slam to cap a nine-run seventh inning Thursday night as the Phillies overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 12-11 in a makeup of a May rainout.

"I imagine a lot of guys have driven in a lot of runs here," Utley said. "There is a lot of room for hits and the ball carries well here."

The Phillies stopped off in Denver on their way home from a successful West Coast trip while the Rockies were retreating in the middle of a six-game swing through California.

"We needed that win really bad," said Colorado slugger Carlos Gonzalez, who homered to become just the 13th player since 1952 to collect extra-base hits in 10 straight games.

Gonzalez said it boggles the mind that Colorado could get 20 hits and still lose.

Utley's six RBI tied a career high and came after Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth also went deep during the big inning in which the Phillies collected nine hits and may have buried the Rockies' playoff hopes.

Antonio Bastardo (1-0) benefited from the Phillies' big inning, getting the win despite allowing a run and four hits in one inning of relief, and Brad Lidge got the last three outs for his 19th save in 24 chances but not before giving up a run to make it interesting.

The teams combined for 35 hits, nine for extra bases, and used 14 pitchers.

"You expect this at this ballpark," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "The ball comes alive here."

The Rockies trail Philadelphia by 6½ games in the NL wild card chase, a deficit that has ballooned from 3½ games since Monday night. They trail first-place San Diego by 7½ games in the NL West.

Gonzalez continued his power surge with his 31st homer and Chris Iannetta and Dexter Fowler also took Joe Blanton deep as the Rockies built a seemingly safe 7-3 lead heading into the seventh.

Unable to solve starter Jhoulys Chacin (one earned run in 5 1/3 innings), the Phillies had no problem rattling the Rockies' beleaguered bullpen.

Matt Belisle allowed hits to all three batters he faced in the seventh, including Utley's RBI single and Howard's two-run homer, his 25th.

Manny Delcarmen (0-1), acquired from Boston earlier in the week, gave up four earned runs on four hits while getting just one out in his NL debut.

"Not the way I wanted my first day to go, but I want to get the ball and get back out there," said Delcarmen, who allowed Werth's 19th homer on a bad changeup that tied it at 7 and a tiebreaking RBI single by pinch-hitter Ben Francisco.

And rookie Matt Reynolds gave up Utley's fourth career grand slam, which put the Phillies ahead 12-7 and chased many of the 30,179 fans to the exits early.

"It was 3-and-1 and obviously you want to challenge him but never enough that he can put that good of wood on it," Reynolds said.

The Rockies, who left 14 runners on base, blew leads of 4-0, 6-2 and 7-3, and their manager was ejected. They didn't go down without a fight, however, getting three runs in the seventh off Chad Durbin to make it 12-10.

The Rockies loaded the bases with two outs off righty Jose Contreras in the eighth but rookie Eric Young Jr. grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.

In the ninth, they put runners at first and third with no outs but all they could get was a groundball from Troy Tulowitzki that scored Fowler before Clint Barmes struck out and Ryan Spilborghs grounded into a force at third.

With his long shot over the power alley in right-center, Gonzalez became the 13th player in major league history to get extra-base hits in 10 straight games, according to STATS LLC. He's the first to do it since Johnny Damon in 2009 for the New York Yankees.

Gonzalez has emerged as the NL's batting leader with a .332 average.

"I'm not trying to think about batting titles or anything," Gonzalez said. "I'm just trying to do my job every single night."

The Phillies didn't get a hit until Werth's single with two outs in the fourth.

Seth Smith's RBI single in the fifth made it 6-2 and chased Blanton, who allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Rockies manager Jim Tracy was ejected by home plate umpire Paul Emmel an inning later when pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney was hit on his right hand on a 1-2 pitch with the bases loaded and was awarded first base with the run coming across to make it 6-3.

"I thought he swung at the pitch," Tracy explained after his second ejection of the season -- both against Philadelphia.

Notes

  • The other time Utley had six RBIs also came against Colorado, on May 26, 2008.
  • Colorado RHP Aaron Cook, who's been sidelined by a toe injury, will pitch Friday night against the Padres.
 
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Chase Utley celebrates his grand slam  in the seventh with teammates Ben Francisco, Jimmy Rollins and Brian Schneider. (AP)
Chase Utley celebrates his grand slam in the seventh with teammates Ben Francisco, Jimmy Rollins and Brian Schneider. (AP)

Players of the Game
Colorado

D. Fowler
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Philadelphia

C. Utley
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 6
 
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS5110101 .244
Placido Polanco, 3B5120014 .308
Chase Utley, 2B4226001 .273
Ryan Howard, 1B4112112 .277
Jayson Werth, RF5331012 .297
Raul Ibanez, LF5021010 .259
Shane Victorino, CF5120002 .254
Brian Schneider, C4110101 .215
    Carlos Ruiz, C0000000 .288
Joe Blanton, P1100010 .125
    David Herndon, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Sweeney, PH0001000 .252
    Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   b- Ben Francisco, PH1111000 .255
    Chad Durbin, P0000000 .000
    J.C. Romero, P0000000 .000
    Jose Contreras, P0000000 .000
   c- Domonic Brown, PH1000010 .231
    Brad Lidge, P0000000 .000
Totals4012151236  
a-hit by pitch for Herndon in the 6th
b-singled for Bastardo in the 7th
c-struck out for Contreras in the 9th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (24, Beimel)
HR - Chase Utley (12, M. Reynolds), Ryan Howard (25, Beimel), Jayson Werth (19, Delcarmen)
SF - Chase Utley (5)
RBI - Chase Utley 6 (49), Ryan Howard 2 (87), Jayson Werth (64), Raul Ibanez (65), Mike Sweeney (25), Ben Francisco (22)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley 4 (18), Raul Ibanez (20)
SB - Shane Victorino 2 (26, 2nd base off Belisle/Iannetta, 2nd base off Betancourt/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Rollins-Utley-Howard
E - Ryan Howard (12, Misplayed grounder), Chase Utley (11, Misplayed grounder)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Blanton 4.11064233 5.25
David Herndon 0.2000000 4.37
Antonio Bastardo (W,1-0) 1411020 5.79
Chad Durbin 1433010 3.86
J.C. Romero (H,8) 0.1000100 3.69
Jose Contreras (H,11) 0.2100100 3.09
Brad Lidge (S,19) 1110110 3.57
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 85-56, David Herndon 6-4, Antonio Bastardo 19-16, Chad Durbin 28-16, J.C. Romero 6-2, Jose Contreras 14-6, Brad Lidge 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 4-6, David Herndon 1-0, Chad Durbin 1-1, J.C. Romero 1-0, Jose Contreras 1-1, Brad Lidge 3-0
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 25, David Herndon 1, Antonio Bastardo 7, Chad Durbin 7, J.C. Romero 2, Jose Contreras 4, Brad Lidge 6
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., 2B6120013 .243
Dexter Fowler, CF6233010 .248
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5131124 .332
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5132101 .319
Todd Helton, 1B5000117 .253
Melvin Mora, 3B4130003 .281
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   a- Clint Barmes, PH-3B1000112 .235
Seth Smith, RF4221002 .256
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH-RF2010002 .271
Chris Iannetta, C5113005 .203
Jhoulys Chacin, P2000010 .063
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .250
   c- Chris Nelson, PH1110000 .500
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Manny Delcarmen, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Herrera, 3B1111000 .281
   d- Jason Giambi, PH0000100 .259
    Esmil Rogers, PR0000000 .200
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Totals4711201157  
a-walked for Betancourt in the 8th
b-singled for Smith in the 8th
c-singled for Belisle in the 6th
d-walked for Herrera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Eric Young Jr. (4, Durbin), Seth Smith (16, Durbin)
HR - Dexter Fowler (4, Blanton), Carlos Gonzalez (31, Blanton), Chris Iannetta (8, Blanton)
RBI - Dexter Fowler 3 (31), Carlos Gonzalez (93), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (57), Seth Smith (49), Chris Iannetta 3 (24), Jonathan Herrera (16)
2-OUT RBI - Dexter Fowler (12)
CS - Carlos Gonzalez (8, 2nd base by Blanton/Schneider)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Young-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton
PB - Chris Iannetta (5)
E - Eric Young Jr. (4, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 5.1531230 3.69
Matt Belisle (H,17) 0.2000100 2.84
Joe Beimel0333001 3.29
Manny Delcarmen (BS,3; L,3-3) 0.1444001 5.48
Matt Reynolds 0.2222011 2.45
Rafael Betancourt 1100010 3.99
Huston Street 1000010 4.19
HBP - Polanco (by Jhoulys Chacin), Blanton (by Jhoulys Chacin), Sweeney (by Matt Belisle)
WP - Joe Beimel (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 100-61, Matt Belisle 13-6, Joe Beimel 12-7, Manny Delcarmen 15-11, Matt Reynolds 19-12, Rafael Betancourt 9-7, Huston Street 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 8-5, Matt Belisle 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 25, Matt Belisle 3, Joe Beimel 3, Manny Delcarmen 5, Matt Reynolds 4, Rafael Betancourt 4, Huston Street 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30179
Game Time - 3:51
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - D.J. Reyburn, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman