PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A suddenly potent offense is helping the
Philadelphia Phillies overcome their subpar pitching.
Since manager Charlie Manuel juggled his lineup on Monday, the
Phillies have 21 runs and 34 hits in three games.
"We have guys who are going to hit no matter where they are in
the lineup," said Bell, who remained in the No. 7 spot.
"Our hitting was pretty sound," Manuel said.
Cory Sullivan had four hits, including a solo homer for
Colorado, which lost for only the third time in nine road games.
Ryan Madson (2-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five shaky
innings. A successful reliever his first two seasons, Madson has
been inconsistent in four starts, posting an 8.05 ERA.
The rest of Philadelphia's starters haven't been much better.
They have a 6.36 ERA, second-worst in the National League.
"I need to not get beat mentally," Madson said. "I have to
start paying attention to what the hitters are doing and figure out
how to put them away. I need to outsmart them a little, instead of
Rockies starter Jason Jennings (1-1) gave up seven runs and nine
hits in five innings.
"It was a bad effort," Jennings said. "If I give us any kind
of a chance at all, we win this game."
With the Flyers playing Game 3 of their first-round playoff
series against Buffalo across the street, only 19,182 turned out to
watch the Phillies. It was the smallest crowd in the brief history
of Citizens Bank Park, which opened in 2004. The Flyers had 19,984
The Phillies scored seven of their runs in the first three
innings. Utley singled, Bobby Abreu walked and Burrell followed
with a two-run double to right-center to put Philadelphia ahead 2-0
in the first inning.
Consecutive doubles by Bell and Lieberthal to start the second
gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Lieberthal advanced to third on
Madson's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly
to make it 4-0.
Clint Barmes' RBI single in the third cut it to 4-1.
After Burrell and Howard singled to start the third, Bell ripped
a liner into the left-field seats for his third homer, giving the
Phillies a 7-1 lead.
But Madson ran into trouble in the fifth. Sullivan led off with
a homer. Barmes doubled and later scored on a wild pitch and Jason
Smith added an RBI single to cut it to 7-4. Madson got Luis
Gonzalez to ground into a double play to end the inning.
"We were down 7-1, but still made things interesting," Rockies
manager Clint Hurdle said. "We're not going to go away."
Sullivan's RBI single off Arthur Rhodes in the eighth got the
Rockies within two runs. In the bottom half of the inning, Abreu
had a sacrifice fly and Howard had an RBI single to cap the
Clay Condrey, who arrived shortly before the game started after
being called up from Triple-A Scranton earlier in the day, pitched
a perfect sixth inning for Philadelphia in his first outing in the
major leagues since May 12, 2003.
Bell's homer was the 26th for the Phillies this season,
setting a club record for homers in April. ... Abreu has walked in
13 straight games. ... The Phillies are the only team in the majors
without a triple this year. ... Jennings has a 7.96 ERA in six
career starts against Philadelphia. ... New Temple football coach
Al Golden threw out the first pitch.
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