DENVER (AP) -- Benched one game for not hustling and dropped a
spot in the order, Matt Holliday has responded the best way he
knows how: with his bat.
Holliday started off the season as Colorado's cleanup hitter,
but was dropped to fifth behind Garrett Atkins earlier this week.
He was then benched for Thursday's game against Arizona after
getting tagged out at home the night before, costing the Rockies a
Holliday drove in three runs against Philadelphia Friday after
his day off and was even better against the Phillies on Saturday,
finishing a single shy of hitting for the cycle. He hit a
bases-loaded triple to break the game open in a five-run seventh
inning, a solo homer in the fourth and an RBI double in the first
to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
"Personally, it felt good, but this is a team," said Holliday,
who finished 3-for-4. "It's a team game and to do your job is
gratifying, to do things to help your team win is gratifying and I
was able to do that tonight."
Colorado had at least nine hits (14) for the eighth straight
game, Jason Jennings pitched well enough to keep them in it and
King (1-1) got three outs with two on in the seventh inning to set
up the Rockies' big inning. It helped Colorado end a three-game
home losing streak and pushed its record to 7-4, the team's best
start since opening the 1997 season 7-2.
"If we can go 7-4 every 11 games, we'll be in good shape,"
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
The Phillies had their chances.
Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBI and
Pat Burrell added a two-run shot of his own. What killed
Philadelphia's chances at winning a fourth straight game was
another shaky start from Jon Lieber (0-3).
A 17-game winner in his first season with the Phillies in 2005,
Lieber hasn't come close to that form so far this year. The Rockies
knocked him for seven runs and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, raising
the right-hander's ERA to 9.18.
"You look at my stats and you'd think I'd been giving it up,"
Lieber said. "I'm throwing the ball fine. There are no mechanical
issues. I had a rough opening day, but I haven't been hit hard the
last two starts."
Jennings had gotten off to slow starts in each of his first four
full seasons, going 6-11 with a 6.32 ERA in 21 games in April. He's
been much better this year, allowing eight runs in 19 innings.
The right-hander wasn't quite as sharp as in his first two
starts, but pitched well enough to give the Rockies a chance.
Abreu ended a 3-for-16 slump against Jennings in the first
inning with his third homer, a 442-foot, two-run shot to the upper
deck in right-center. Burrell's fifth homer of the season was a
two-run shot to center off the right-hander in the third that put
the Phillies up 4-2.
"That's a Coors Field start right there, keeping us in the
game," Jennings said.
The big difference from year's past is that the Rockies have a
bullpen that can finish games off.
King relieved Jennings in the seventh, entering with two on. The
right-hander got Abreu to hit into a double play, then Chase Utley
to ground out to end the inning. He's allowed one earned run in
five innings this season.
The Rockies chased Lieber with three straight one-out singles,
with Clint Barmes putting the Rockies up 5-4 on a liner to left.
Rheal Cormier struck out Todd Helton, then Geoff Geary came in and
walked Garrett Atkins. Holliday followed with his triple and pinch
hitter Choo Freeman capped the inning with an RBI single to right.
Barmes, who was 3-for-5, made it 10-4 with an RBI single in the
The Phillies closed within 10-6 on Abreu's two-run double in the
ninth, but it came too late.
"When the game was tied at four, we quit scoring runs,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The game featured seven unassisted putouts at first base,
four by the Phillies. ... Atkins was 0-for-3, ending his hitting
streak at nine games. ... Philadelphia has no triples in its first
11 games, three short of the team record to start a season.
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