Phillies fall to Rockies; Franco continues to shine

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They say all good things have to come to an end.

Well it certainly did on Tuesday as the Phillies fell to the Colorado Rockies, 6-5.

Ben Revere started the game off with a single, which looked to be a bright spot for the Phils chase to continue its winning streak. Revere stole second and continued on to third after a throwing error by Rockies catcher, Nick Hundley. But the Phillies failed to bring him home, stranding Revere on third.

The Rockies wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring all three first-inning runs with two outs. The inning should have been over before all the runs were scored, but a throwing error by Maikel Franco allowed the Rockies to continue on with the inning.

Wilin Rosario hit a two-RBI triple to score both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Rosario was then scored on an RBI single by Hundley.

But the Phillies came back, not just once, but twice in this ball game, but could not get over the hump for the third time.

Franco started things off in the top of the second, getting on base with a single. He was then brought home on an RBI-double by Chase Utley. After Odubel Herrera sacrificed Utley to third, catcher Carlos Ruiz was able to bring home the second baseman, also on an RBI-double.

Grady Sizemore doubled in the third and was knocked him by Franco to tie the game at three.

Starting Pitcher Aaron Harang was able to hold the Rockies scoreless, until he was replaced by Jake Diekman in the bottom of the seventh, who allowed two runs to score to make the Phillies trail 5-3.

In the top of the eighth, Freddy Galvis started the inning with a single and was then moved to second on a single by Jeff Francoeur. A wild pitch during Ryan Howard‘s strikeout moved Galvis to third and Francoeur to second.

Stepping up to the plate was Franco, who singled to center to score both Galvis and Francoeur.

After Utley walked and moved Franco to second, Herrera was hit by a pitch (which the Rockies challenged, but the call was upheld), Ruiz grounded into a double play to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eight, Hundley made up for his error in the first by sending a ball out of the park on a pitch from Justin De Fratus.

The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth to end the game and their winning streak at 6.

Franco ended the day batting 3-for-4 with three RBI’s while Utley went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. A dark spot for the hot-of-late Howard was a three strikeout performance on the day.

Harang went six innings, allowing three hits and three runs (all unearned) while walking three and striking out seven. Combined Harang, Diekman and De Fratus (0-1) struck out 10 Rockies batters while only walking four.

With runners in scoring position, the team batted 4-for-12, leaving six on base.

The Phillies will try to get back on the winning side when the faceoff with the Rockies again on Wednesday for the third game of the four game series.

The Phils will send Severino Gonzalez back to the mound, with the injury to Chad Billingsley, an injury that he could miss four to six weeks. Gonzales with face off with Eddie Butler. First pitch is 6:40 p.m.

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