From there, the Phillies and Rockies would trade the lead several times. In the end it would be an RBI groundout by Chase Utley in the eighth that would prove to be the difference maker, as the Phillies avoided being swept with a 10-9 win.
The Phillies would regain the lead on a two-run home run by Ryan Howard in the third, but the Rockies would again respond in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead.
Roberto Hernandez would pitch to three batters in the fifth, recording no outs before being removed, as he finished with four innings pitched and six runs allowed.
Trailing 6-3 entering the sixth the Phillies would seem poised to continue their losing streak. The offense would keep chugging along however, scoring two runs in the sixth to pull within one.
After Chase Utley tied the game on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, Ryan Howard singled home the go-ahead run. Howard made it to second on the hit, but it was ruled a single and an error by the official scorer, keeping the slugger from completing the cycle on the afternoon.
The Phillies would plate one more run in the inning to take an 8-6 lead through six and a half innings.
Yet again, the Rockies would respond, as Morneau cracked a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at eight.
Rollins would single home to go-ahead run in the eighth and Utley would knock in an insurance run, one that would prove necessary in the end, as the Phillies prevailed, 10-9.
The Phillies will now travel to Los Angeles, where they kick off a series with the Dodgers Monday night. Cliff Lee will make the start, as he faces Paul Maholm.
By: Kyle Babcock
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