Game Recap: Phillies 12, Rockies 11
Key to the Game
In a must-win game, the Colorado Rockies were in position to do just that. Up 6-2 on the wild-card-leading Philadelphia Phillies at one point, the Rockies squelched a sixth-inning rally with a double-play grounder from Jimmy Rollins. The Rockies led 6-3 going to the bottom of the sixth, but within an inning, the game had completely changed.
The Rockies loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with a bloop single fromand bunt singles from . and . The Rockies had a perfect opportunity to put the game out of reach with the heart of their lineup due up. But struck out, drove in a single run with an infield single that should have been an inning-ending double play, struck out and flied out to deep left. The only ball hit hard in the inning has Mora’s flyout, and the Rockies, who had more hits — 20 — and runs — 10 — in this one game back home than they did in the entire three-game series in San Francisco, managed just a single run out of their best opportunity in the game.
After adding just one run, the Rockies watched the Phillies rally in the top of the seventh inning for nine runs of relievers, Manny Delcmaren and , who combined to give up nine hits, including a two-run home run to Ryan Howard and a grand slam to Chase Utley.
The Rockies managed to close to within 12-10 with a three-run seventh, but left the bases loaded again in the eighth and left two on in the ninth after pulling to within a run.
– Despite two strikeouts in key spots, Carlos Gonzalez was 3-for-5 to raise his NL-leading batting average to .332, hit his 31st home run and drove in his 93rd run.
– Rockies starter lasted just 5 1/3 innings, but pitched well enough to win. Chacin, who allowed five hits, two walks and struck out three, left the game in the sixth inning with runners at first and third and one out. Three of the runs he allowed were unearned and he was in line for his eighth win before the bullpen, which allowed one of his runs to scored as well as nine of their own, let the Phillies tie it up and take the lead in the seventh.
– Dexter Fowler was 3-for-6 with a solo home run and a two-run single in the seventh inning that brought the Rockies back to within 12-10. He also scored the Rockies’ 11th run after reaching on an error.
– hit his first home run since July 18, a three-run shot in the second inning that put the Rockies up 3-0.