DENVER (AP) -- Chase Utley kept up his strong hitting.
Pinch-hitter Tomas Perez drove in the tiebreaking run with a
two-out infield single in the ninth inning, and Utley homered and
had a career-high five RBI to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat
the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Thursday night.
"I just try to stay consistent and take it one day at a time to
try to stay out of a slump," said Utley, who was hitting .365
19-for-52 over his previous 12 games and had 10 RBI from July
14-17. "I try to get a good pitch and hit it hard."
Utley went 3-for-5 with his career-best 15th home run and Kenny
Lofton scored two runs and drove in two for Phillies, who snapped a
three-game losing streak.
"Chase is hitting great," Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel
said. "He really smoked that last ball."
David Bell doubled to left leading off the ninth against Mike
DeJean (4-2), and moved to third on Ramon Martinez's sacrifice
bunt. After Jimmy Rollins was walked intentionally, Perez hit the
ball in the hole between first and second but second baseman Aaron
Miles couldn't throw him out.
Utley followed with two-run double to right field off Dustin
"I look forward to those situations. And when I do I like to
hit the ball hard," Utley said.
"I made the right pitch to Martinez and he hit it to the right
place," DeJean said. "I threw Utley a splitter below the knees
and he went down and got it."
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth inning, Philadelphia took the lead
with four runs against Byung-Hyun Kim. David Bell walked and, one
out later, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rollins extended the
inning by beating out an infield hit with two outs, and moved to
second a wild pitch. Lofton followed with a two-run single to
center, and Utley hit a towering home run to left off Byung-Hyun
"Charlie is always saying to make sure I run every ball out,
because that gives energy to the team," Rollins said. "It was one
of those situations where I was going hard from the beginning, and
that let us get the big hits by Kenny and Chase."
Phillies starter Robinson Tejeda left the game with one out in
the sixth after walking Miles and giving up a single to Matt
Holliday, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch the hit
into a double. Garrett Atkins drove in Miles with a grounder off
reliever Geoff Geary to make it 5-3.
Colorado tied it at 5 in the eighth inning against Urbina.
Atkins and Eric Byrnes singled with one out and pinch-hitter Jorge
Piedra's single to right scored Atkins.
The Phillies took a 1-0 in the first inning when Holliday
misplayed Utley's line drive into an RBI double in the first and
scored Lofton who had drawn a one-out walk.
Colorado tied it at 1 on Kim's sacrifice fly to center in the
third, and went ahead on Byrnes' RBI double off the wall in left in
"We made too many mistakes that cost us," Colorado manager
Clint Hurdle said. "There were two plays that Miles couldn't make
and we didn't capitalize on scoring opportunities in the fourth and
CF Bobby Abreu got his fifth his outfield assist of the
year when he threw out Holliday at second in the sixth inning. ...
Rollins was picked off in the fourth inning. ... Rockies 1B Todd
Helton took batting practice for the first time since straining his
left calf muscle last Monday. ... RHP Jose Acevedo will start in
Shawn Chacon's place Friday. ... RHP Aaron Cook will make his 2005
debut for the Rockies on Saturday.
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