Phelps earned the win, his first as a starter, to improve to 2-2 on the year. He allowed just one earned run in the fourth inning on a Colby Rasmus single. Phelps gave up six hits and walked three over seven solid innings and 113 pitches.
The starter, who struck out eight batters and lowered his ERA to 3.83, is scheduled to make his next outing Friday at Tampa Bay.
Phelps lost his last time out, but has now allowed just two earned runs over his last two outings spanning 13 2/3 innings with 15 Ks.
"I didn’t really have fastball command at all, and it showed," Phelps said, per ESPN. "It was a battle out there. They did a good job sitting on pitches and they made me work."
The only run Cleveland scored off Phelps (1-2) was on Jason Kipnis' solo home run in the first inning. Phelps allowed four hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings, while striking out seven. He lowered his ERA from 5.02 to 4.33.
"My changeup was really good again today," Phelps said. "A lot of behind-in-the-count, off-speed pitches that we were getting ground balls or pop-ups on. Those times when I was ahead in the count, we were putting guys away early. The guys made plays behind me. I was pretty lucky today -- I walked five guys and was still out there in the seventh inning."
Phelps, who is winless in three starts this season, is expected to be back on the hill Saturday against the Blue Jays. Phelps is 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in two relief appearances against Toronto this season.
Although he didn't get the win Wednesday at Colorado,
"That’s probably the best I’ve felt in a little while," Phelps said, per The Journal News. "Just keep the ball down, try to pitch to contact, get some good results. I think (Austin Romine) did a really good job tonight walking me through the game. I think I shook once. We were on the same page most of the night, and it made it really easy for me."
Phelps said he relied on his changeup after he couldn't get a feel for his curveball. But he insisted the biggest difference Wednesday was staying down in the zone.
"I felt like we were, today, mostly, we were more down than on the corners," he said. "That’s what I’d like to do. I’d like to not have to live on the edge and have to depend on an umpire’s call. Get some groundballs and early contact like I was doing tonight. I feel like I had a little bit better feel of where my ball was going."
Phelps went six innings and allowed just two earned runs on three hits and a walk. Those runs came on a Todd Helton two-run homer in the second inning. He left with the game tied at two.
Phelps, who struck out four, now has a 5.02 ERA on the year. He's made two starts and should continue pitching in the rotation for the Yankees. He's scheduled to make his third start Monday at Cleveland.
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