Jorge De La Rosa still hasn't beaten the Phillies. But he came very, very close and pitched his best game of the year and his first career complete game only to lose 2-1 Wednesday.
The Rockies are 1-10 at Citizens Bank Park since the start of 2008, and De La Rosa is 0-4 with a 8.03 ERA (24 2/3 innings, 22 earned runs) in five career starts against the Phillies, down from 11.34 after he gave up two runs, one earned, in eight innings, his longest outing of the season,
De La Rosa, who gave up nine hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Padres but won in his last start, threw 96 pitches, 60 for strikes. The complete game was De La Rosa's first in 125 career starts. (His only other professional complete game was at high Class A Sarasota in 2002.)
"Everything was working tonight. ... I have to keep pitching like that," De La Rosa said.
He threw the second complete game of the season for the Rockies. On April 15, Jhoulys Chacin threw a six-hit shutout at Coors Field while beating the Cubs 5-0.
De La Rosa had pitched seven innings twice this season -- in successive starts April 20 against the Giants and April 26 at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
In his four previous starts against the Phillies, De La Rosa had not pitched more than five innings or allowed fewer than three runs.
He gave up five hits, all singles, no walks and faced one batter over the minimum through four innings. With one out in the fifth, De La Rosa gave up a single to Raul Ibanez and hit Carlos Ruiz with a 1-2 breaking pitch. A passed ball by catcher Chris Iannetta enabled the runners to move up, and Ibanez trotted home on Wilson Valdez's single.
In the eighth, De La Rosa gave up a leadoff single to Valdez, who was sacrificed to second by pinch hitter Shane Victorino. Valdez moved to third on De La Rosa's wild pitch and scored just ahead of right fielder Ryan Spilborghs' throw on Jimmy Rollins' line-drive sacrifice fly.
"It's a shame, after a performance like that, Jorge De La Rosa has to accept a loss," manager Jim Tracy said. "He's been a very good pitcher for us. ... We haven't seen that (sort of performance) for a while. It was just phenomenal."
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