Rodrigo Lopez Returns

July 3, 2009 | 8:31 pm  

Rodrigo Lopez started and won Friday for Phillies as he returned to the majors for the first time since he pitched for the Rockies in 2007.

Lopez gave up six hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings as the Phillies beat the Mets 7-2 at Citizen Bank Park. It was his first win in the big leagues since July 7, 2007, when he beat the Phillies while pitching for the Rockies and his first appearance in the big leagues since July 26, 2007.

The victory broke a six-game losing streak for the Phillies at home where they had lost eight of their past nine and are 14-22 this season.

Lopez threw 96 pitches against the Mets, 62 for strikes, walked one with four strikeouts and threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 26 batters he faced. The Phillies brought Lopez up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he went 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 starts and had allowed three earned runs in 21 innings while winning his past three starts. He took the place on the roster of Antonio Bastardo, who went on the disabled list.

Lopez underwent surgery in August 2007 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow, at which time it was determined he also needed to have a ligament replaced in the elbow.