August 19, 2013
Box Score (from MLB.com)
By Nick Tricome
It took two shutouts from the Dodgers before Ryne Sandberg got his first win as the Phillies' manager, but the second was earned much sooner.
The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on Monday night for their second win in a row and just their fifth in the month of August.
The Phillies' offense was able to generate five runs across the fourth and fifth innings.
Cody Asche grounded into a force out with the bases loaded and no outs to score Chase Utley.
Asche reached first safely, but Darin Ruf was called out at second base.
Then John Mayberry Jr. followed up with a three-run homer in the next at-bat, putting the Phillies ahead 4-0 by the end of the fourth.
Carlos Ruiz tacked on another run in the fifth with a solo home run to give the Phillies a five-run lead.
Ethan Martin put in a solid outing on the mound, going six and a third. He allowed four hits and two earned runs, striking out six.
Martin kept the Rockies off the board until the seventh, when he let up a solo home run to Troy Tulowitzki and an RBI ground-rule double to Todd Helton.
The bullpen would take over after Martin gave up a walk following Helton's double.
Justin DeFratus kept the Rockies at bay for the rest of the seventh, but the Phillies' lead was in jepordy by the eighth.
Luis Garcia walked Dexter Fowler to start the inning, then gave up a single to Corey Dickerson and a walk to Tulowitzki.
The Rockies' Wilin Rosario hit a two-run single up the middle to bring home Fowler and Dickerson, making it a 5-4 ballgame. Jake Diekman went on to replace Garcia to finish up the eighth.
Jonathan Papelbon came in for the save in the ninth. The closer has had struggles recently, but he managed to get the save with only one hit allowed.
It was the 21st save of the year for Papelbon and his first since July 11.
The Phillies will play the Rockies again on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 3.41 ERA) has been called back up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will get the start on Tuesday night in place of an injured John Lannan. Reliever Raul Valdes has been sent back to the minors to make room for Cloyd on the roster.
The Rockies will have Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22 ERA) on the mound.
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