Colorado will begin this three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Today’s game is the fifth contest on the Rockies 7-game road trip at ATL (1-4, 9/3-6) and at PHI (9/7-9). The Rockies dropped the fourth and final game of their series at Atlanta 1-0 yesterday. It was the first time in franchise history that the Rockies lost back-to-back games 1-0. Colorado allowed an unearned run in the 2nd inning and was never able to push a run across. It was also the second straight game to not allow an earned run and lose, the first time an MLB team has done so since the 1987 Royals. The Rockies were shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since 10/1-2/10 at STL. The Rockies are now 9-8 in their last 17 road games since the beginning of August. Colorado is also 15-9 over their last 34 games, since 8/13. They are currently in a stretch during which the club will play 14 of 17 games on the road from 9/3-20 (1-2). Colorado has just 10 home games remaining in 2012.
• Left-hander Jeff Francis will make his 19th start of the season today. It will also be his 200th career appearance, 199th start. With the start, Francis will have made at least 19 starts in each of his last seven seasons, since 2005. Francis will be looking to improve on his 5-4 record on the season, and win his first game against Philadelphia since 7/31/05 at Coors Field.
• The Phillies will send south-paw Cliff Lee to the mound tonight. Lee will be facing the Rockies for the second time this season, and third time in his career. Lee was issued the loss at COL on 7/13 when he allowed three runs on nine hits over 6.0 innings.
VS. PHILLIES: The Rockies will face the Phillies for a third and final series beginning tonight at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies will finish this season playing the Phillies nine times, the most in a single-season since the two clubs also faced off nine times in 2000 (Rockies finished that season 6-3 against the Phillies). Colorado is currently 2-4 against the Phillies this season. The Phillies took the first series these two played – one at Citizen’s Bank Park 6/19-21 and followed it up by taking the second series two-games-to-one 7/13-15 at Coors Field. Colorado has an all-time record of 62-87 against Philadelphia, including 31-42 at home and 31-45 on the road.
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