Photo by Steven M. Falk
After seeing their six-game win streak come to an end Tuesday night at Coors Field, the Phillies (18-24) bounced back with a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies (14-23) on Wednesday.
Phillies’ starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 7.11 ERA) earned his second win in three starts this season, throwing five innings while giving up five hits and one run.
The offense struck early, building a 4-0 lead by the third inning behind Ryan Howard’s eighth home run of the year and a pair of RBI hits for Jeff Francoeur.
Francoeur also had a couple of ugly misplays on what should have been routine outs later in the game, hopefully just a hiccup for the right fielder whose bat has been heating up lately, hitting .379 with a .996 OPS in the month of May.
The Phillies’ bullpen had a solid game. Lefty Jake Diekman gave up an earned run in the 7th, although his inning began with one of Francoeur’s misplayed balls that was ruled a double, but easily could have been called an error. Luis Garcia and Ken Giles each pitched scoreless innings, and Jonathan Papelbon threw a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 11th save in 11 opportunities.
The Phillies will look to stay hot and win their first road series of the year as they complete the set with Colorado tomorrow afternoon. Jerome Williams (3-3, 5.02 ERA) will oppose Rockies’ starter Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.56 ERA).