Jordan Lyles (2-4, 4.53) pitched decently enough through 5-2/3 innings, but Odubel Herrera doubled with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the 6th, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies Monday night at Coors Field in Denver. Cole Hamels (4-3, 3.24) held the anemic Colorado offense in-check for 7-1/3 innings before turning it over to Luis Garcia and Jonathan Papelbon, who each allowed the Rockies runs, but not enough of them to reverse the result. Colorado struck-out 11 times, including 3 more from the ridiculous Drew Stubbs, making it something like 85 times the Rockies have turned-home with nothing to show in the past 6 games.
The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st when Ben Revere led-off with a single, moved-up on a controversial error by 1st-baseman Wilin Rosario, and Ryan Howard singled with one out. The Rockies countered in the bottom of the 2nd when Rosario singled leading-off, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a ground ball and scored on a DJ LeMahieu single.
Lyles and Hamels held the batters at-bay for the next 3 frames, and Lyles retired Grady Sizemore and Ryan Howard leading-off the 6th before Maikel Franco singled. To celebrate, Lyles walked .143 hitter Chase Utley to bring rookie Herrera to the plate, and Herrera drove Lyles’ second pitch down the right-field line for a 2-run double that broke the 1-1 tie. Herrera advanced to 3rd on Carlos Gonzalez’ throw home, and he scored when Carlos Ruiz followed with a single.
The 4-3 lead would hold-up, as the Rockies dinked-out runs in the 8th and 9th. Nolan Arenado singled with one out in the 8th, moved to 2nd on a Franco error, and scored on a single by Gonzalez. In the 9th LeMahieu, who was 2 for 4, tripled on the heels of a Stubbs strike-out, and scored with 2 out on a Charlie Blackmon single. Colorado had the winning run at the plate in the person of Arenado, but Papelbon was equal to the task, setting the Rockies’ 3rd-baseman down on 4 pitches.
Game 2 of the 4-game set is scheduled for 6:40 pm tonight, but the Denver weather forecast is dreadful. Chad Bettis is set to go for Colorado against the Phillies’ Aaron Harang.