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Spilborghs carries Rockies past Phillies

Jul 8, 2007 - 5:31 AM DENVER (Ticker) -- Ryan Spilborghs homered and drove in three runs as the Colorado Rockies rallied for their fifth straight win, a 6-3 triumph over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

After a rousing top of the first inning for Philadelphia was interrupted by a nearly rain delay of 1 1/2 hours, the tide turned in favor of Colorado.

"We've been fighting all year and went four games above .500," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We came out and started off good, and then all of sudden, we got the rain and we went back out and we were kind of flat."

The Rockies trailed, 3-1, in the fifth before taking the lead for good. Yorvit Torrealba doubled and scored on Spilborghs' two-run blast - his fifth of the season - and Todd Helton added an RBI single to cap the three-run inning.

In the next frame, Torrealba once again came around to score with the assistance of Spilborghs, who delivered an RBI single against reliever Brian Sanches as Colorado pushed its lead to 5-3.

Trailing, 3-0, the Rockies first got on the board against Phillies starter Jamie Moyer (7-7) in the opening inning as Helton delivered an RBI double.

Rockies starter Rodrigo Lopez (5-2) benefited the most from the rain delay.

"It was a big break, but I was able to get back in control," Lopez said.

In the first inning, Jimmy Rollins stroked his 100th career homer and reigning National League MVP Ryan Howard added a two-run shot - his 21st - as Philadelphia grabbed an early lead.

However, Lopez bounced back and retired the last 10 batters he faced. He allowed three runs and five hits with four strikeouts in five innings to improve to 5-0 at Coors Field this campaign.

"(During the delay), we went and played catch in the tunnel and (pitching coach Bob Apodaca) was telling me to stay on top of the ball," Lopez said. "After that, I went to the bullpen and I was trying to stay taller and try to create that downhill angle. I think I got better life on the fastball after that."

"A big turn was Rodrigo's performance after the rain delay. They didn't hit him," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He was a different pitcher, much more crisp. He spun the ball extremely well, changed speeds, controlled bat speed. His four innings after that (rain delay) were a big shot in the arm, and the bullpen just continues to roll and the offense continues to click."

Three relievers bridged the gap to Manny Corpas, who closed the door in the ninth for his first save.

Moyer gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 frames to remain winless in his last three outings.

"We got off to a good start and the rain delay kind of hurt us," Manuel said. "We came back and got only three hits in the last eight innings. Now listen, we don't play flat very much this year. At the same time, we have eight or 10 guys out there who don't know exactly what their status is or what their role is on our team or how they fit on our team."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
    COLORADO 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 x 6 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PHI - JAMIE MOYER, BRIAN SANCHES (6TH), ANDERSON GARCIA (7TH), J.C.
    ROMERO (7TH), MICHAEL ZAGURSKI (8TH) AND CHRIS COSTE
    COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ, TAYLOR BUCHHOLZ (6TH),

    Jul 8 12:15 AM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD HAWPE SCORED TODD HELTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B HAWPE ON FIRST, T TULOWITZKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3
    COLORADO 6 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: Y TORREALBA (.262, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 11:44 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN SPILBORGHS SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SPILBORGHS ON FIRST, J BAKER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3
    COLORADO 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J CARROLL (.215, 1-FOR-3)

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 11:24 PM


  • NL
    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TODD HELTON SCORED JAMEY CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T HELTON ON FIRST, M HOLLIDAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3
    COLORADO 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.260, 0-FOR-2)

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 11:00 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN SPILBORGHS (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF JAMIE MOYER SCORED YORVIT TORREALBA.
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3, COLORADO 3
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J CARROLL (.209, 0-FOR-2)

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 10:54 PM


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    AT COLORADO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TODD HELTON SCORED JAMEY CARROLL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PHILADELPHIA 3
    COLORADO 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.262, 13 HR, 53 RBI)

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 9:52 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PHILADELPHIA 3 3 4 0
    COLORADO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PHI - JAMIE MOYER
    COL - RODRIGO LOPEZ

    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.310, 4 HR, 24 RBI)
    J CARROLL (.213, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
    M HOLLIDAY (.349, 15 HR,

    Phillies vs. RockiesJul 7 9:42 PM