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Howard's walk-off blast in ninth sends Phils past Rockies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard is starting to look like a former MVP.

Howard hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-3 victory against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Chase Utley hit a tying, RBI single off Boone Logan before Howard drove one out to left-center for his fifth career walk-off home run. Howard finished the series 5 for 9 with two home runs and nine RBI.

"I found the ball. That's about it," Howard said. "With swinging, sometimes you have to tinker with a few things, sometimes it just finds you. You don't question it. You just try to roll with it."

Howard, who was NL MVP in 2006 when he hit 58 homers, has struggled since tearing his Achilles tendon on the final swing of the 2011 season in a playoff loss. If he regains his old form, Howard could keep the Phillies in contention in a division that lacks a dominant team.

"I believe this is a championship-caliber team," Howard said. "We just have to play like it. We've talked about trying to build on games like this. Now it's about doing it."

Closer La Troy Hawkins (2-1) got the first out in the ninth before Tony Gwynn Jr. reached on second baseman D.J. LeMahieu's throwing error. Ben Revere followed with a single to right. Jimmy Rollins then hit a foul pop that Troy Tulowitzki, a two-time Gold Glove winning shortstop, dropped for an error. But Hawkins retired Rollins on a liner to left. Logan entered and allowed Utley's line-drive single to right that scored Gwynn.

Howard then connected on a 2-2 pitch for his ninth home run.

Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) tossed a perfect ninth for the victory.

LeMahieu hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the eighth and Justin Morneau also hit a solo home run for Colorado.

Phillies reliever Mike Adams pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh after Antonio Bastardo walked the first three hitters. Adams entered and retired pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez on a home-to-first double play bouncer to the mound. Adams then struck out pinch-hitter Tulowitzki to end the inning.

"I'm not going to back down from nobody," Adams said about not walking Tulowitzki. "I'm not scared. It's competition. I feel I'm better than anybody at the plate."

Howard called Adams' performance "phenomenal."

But LeMahieu connected off Jake Diekman in the eighth, lining one into the left-field seats. It was LeMahieu's first homer this season in 160 at-bats and fifth in 853 career at-bats.

"Utley had a big hit, too," Tulowitzki said. "Sometimes you tip your hat to the other guy."

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg successfully won a challenge in the fifth inning after second baseman Utley fielded Charlie Culberson's grounder and ran to the bag ahead of Corey Dickerson. Second base umpire Jim Wolf ruled Dickerson safe, but the call was overturned after a video review.

Starters Roberto Hernandez and Jordan Lyles both were effective. Philadelphia's Hernandez allowed two runs and six hits, pitching around five walks in 5 2/3 innings. Lyles gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the third. Morneau led off with a shot to right for his 10th home run. Dickerson walked and scored on Wilin Rosario's double to left-center.

The Phillies answered in the bottom half. Utley hit his major league-leading 22nd double with two outs. Howard followed with an RBI single to cut it to 2-1.

Marlon Byrd lined an RBI single with two outs in the fifth to tie it at 2. Half of Byrd's RBI (15 of 30) have come with two outs this season.

Rollins, playing in his 2,000th career game, snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a seventh-inning single. But he was forced at second on Utley's liner to right that Michael Cuddyer caught on a short-hop.

Notes

Commissioner Bud Selig, in town to accept an award for his work on cancer education and research, spoke about a variety of topics before the game. Selig said he's pleased with the search committee's process for finding a new commissioner and there's no timetable to pick his successor. Selig also said he's happy with the replay system and he doesn't envision the NL going to a designated hitter unless there's a "catalytic" event. ... Gonzalez wasn't in the starting lineup because of a right calf contusion. He jogged slowly to first on his grounder to the mound. ... The Phillies open a five-game series against the Mets on Thursday night. David Buchanan (1-0) makes his second career start against Zack Wheeler (1-5). ... The Rockies are off Thursday before opening a series at Cleveland on Friday.

 
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Ryan Howard and teammates relive the days of elite-player status following the fifth walk-off home run of his career.  (USATSI)
Ryan Howard and teammates relive the days of elite-player status following the fifth walk-off home run of his career. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Philadelphia

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

J. Morneau
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, CF-LF4000101 .314
DJ LeMahieu, 2B-3B5111004 .269
Justin Morneau, 1B4121110 .312
Michael Cuddyer, RF4020102 .326
Corey Dickerson, LF2110302 .351
   Nick Masset, P0000000 .000
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
Wilin Rosario, C4011124 .228
Josh Rutledge, SS-2B4000123 .258
Charlie Culberson, 3B2000102 .194
   a-Carlos Gonzalez, PH1000001 .262
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   Drew Stubbs, CF1000010 .330
Jordan Lyles, P2010002 .222
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1010000 .303
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   c-Troy Tulowitzki, PH-SS2000012 .369
Totals3639397  
a-grounded into a double play for Culberson in the 7th
b-doubled for Lyles in the 6th
c-struck out for Belisle in the 7th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (14, R. Hernandez), Wilin Rosario (7, R. Hernandez), Brandon Barnes (7, R. Hernandez)
HR - DJ LeMahieu (1, Diekman), Justin Morneau (10, R. Hernandez)
RBI - DJ LeMahieu (13), Justin Morneau (33), Wilin Rosario (22)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
E - Josh Rutledge (2, Throwing), Troy Tulowitzki (2, Dropped fly)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Lyles 5522450 3.46
Matt Belisle 1000010 3.86
Rex Brothers 1100000 3.47
Nick Masset (H,1) 1000010 4.22
LaTroy Hawkins (L,2-1; H,1) 0.2120000 3.79
Boone Logan (BS,3) 0222001 5.79
IBB - Howard by Jordan Lyles
WP - Jordan Lyles (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Lyles 103-56, Matt Belisle 11-8, Rex Brothers 11-6, Nick Masset 12-7, LaTroy Hawkins 12-8, Boone Logan 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Lyles 4-6, Rex Brothers 2-1, Nick Masset 1-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2
Batters Faced - Jordan Lyles 24, Matt Belisle 3, Rex Brothers 4, Nick Masset 3, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Boone Logan 2
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ben Revere, CF5220000 .292
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010112 .257
Chase Utley, 2B5221013 .335
Ryan Howard, 1B4124112 .240
Marlon Byrd, RF3021100 .283
Domonic Brown, LF2000114 .203
   Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
   Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   Jake Diekman, P0000000 .000
   a-Darin Ruf, PH1000010 .125
   Jonathan Papelbon, P0000000 .000
Carlos Ruiz, C4000002 .261
Cesar Hernandez, 3B4000011 .132
Roberto Hernandez, P2000012 .000
   Tony Gwynn Jr., LF2100000 .183
Totals3669647  
a-struck out for Diekman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chase Utley (22, Lyles)
HR - Ryan Howard (9, Logan)
RBI - Chase Utley (26), Ryan Howard 4 (34), Marlon Byrd (30)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Utley (6), Ryan Howard 4 (16), Marlon Byrd (15)
SB - Ben Revere (13, 2nd base off Lyles/Rosario)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Adams-Ruiz-Howard
E - Cesar Hernandez (1, Misplayed grounder), Carlos Ruiz (3, Throwing)
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez 5.2622541 3.76
Antonio Bastardo 0.1000400 3.91
Mike Adams 1000010 2.35
Jake Diekman 1311011 4.05
Jonathan Papelbon (W,1-1) 1000010 1.86
IBB - Culberson by Roberto Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 103-57, Antonio Bastardo 21-5, Mike Adams 5-4, Jake Diekman 30-21, Jonathan Papelbon 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 10-4, Antonio Bastardo 1-0, Mike Adams 1-0, Jake Diekman 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 29, Antonio Bastardo 5, Mike Adams 2, Jake Diekman 6, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23691
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Brian Gorman