Rockies 2, Phillies 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Todd Helton got some rest and Jeffrey Hammonds picked up the slack.
Hammonds went 3-for-4, including a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning, as the Colorado Rockies edged the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday night.
``Who needs Todd?,″ Hammonds said, jokingly. ``It was a great game all around and we won. That’s all that counts.″
The loss was the major league-high 16th for Philadelphia’s Omar Daal (3-16).
Helton, who came into the game leading the majors with a .397 average, didn’t start but entered the game in the seventh inning, replacing starter Butch Huskey at first base. He flied out to left in his lone at-bat, dipping his average to .396.
Brian Rose (2-2) pitched six strong innings and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jose Jimenez pitched 2 1-3 hitless innings for his 17th save in 23 chances.
``The game, actually, went just the way we wanted it,″ said interim manager Toby Harrah, filling in for manager Buddy Bell during his two-game suspension. ``Rose pitched great and Jimenez was outstanding. Jimenez’s ball was just dropping out of sight. There was no doubt that he was going out there for the ninth to finish it out.″
Jimenez, who made a plate appearance in the eighth and struck out with the bases loaded, finished with three strikeouts and one walk.
Colorado broke a 1-1 tie off Daal in the sixth inning. Hammonds looped a two-out, ground-rule double just inside the right-field line, scoring Jeff Cirillo.
``I was walking the line there,″ said Hammonds, second to Helton in the NL batting race with a .357 average. ``It’s a game of inches, isn’t it? That one went my way.″
Cirillo got into scoring position behind some poor defense when he tried to stretch a hit into a double. Left fielder Pat Burrell’s throw appeared to beat Cirillo to the bag, but second baseman Marlon Anderson couldn’t come up with the one-hopper. The play was ruled a double.
Rose allowed one run on three hits _ all in the first three innings _ and retired the final seven batters he faced. He walked five and struck out six.
Rose’s toughest jam came in the fourth when he threw 28 pitches and walked the bases loaded. He struck out Bobby Abreu on a 3-2 off-speed pitch to end the threat.
``I felt good with my curveball all night and that’s what I started (Abreu) off with to get strike one,″ Rose said. ``I just worked it from there. I was a little lucky I didn’t get burned a couple of times during that inning.″
``That was big-time,″ Harrah said. ``That was the biggest out of the game and he got on a roll after it. Early on, he lost it at times, but he was able to come back and make the big pitch.″
Daal yielded eight hits and two runs in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one. Daal is in jeopardy of becoming the first pitcher in the majors to lose 20 games in a season since Oakland’s Brian Kingman in 1980.
``I think he’ll win his next three starts,″ Phillies manager Terry Francona said. ``I thought he was great. It’s a shame we didn’t score for him or we would talking about what a great game he pitched.″
Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the third when Ben Petrick scored on Juan Pierre’s RBI single.
The lead was short-lived as the Phillies tied the game in the bottom half of the third as Doug Glanville singled home Daal, who led off with a double.
Notes: Phillies 3B Scott Rolen wasn’t in the starting lineup. Colorado took advantage as there were four plays that went for hits there, including Cirillo’s double in the third, that just got past Rolen’s replacement, Kevin Jordan. ... Helton is 3-for-17 (.176) for his career against Daal. ... Hammonds has 102 RBIs in 105 games. ... The Phillies’ three-game winning streak ended. The team hasn’t won four in a row since July 4. ... Hammonds, who went 2-for-3 against Daal, was 0-for-8 career against the left-hander coming in.