Making only his third start of the season and first since April 15, left-hander J.A. Happ (1-0, 0.00) rejoins the Phillies for their Sunday matinee with Jeff Francis (3-3, 4.63) and the Rockies. First pitch is 1:35, with the Phils seeking their fourth-straight win and seventh-straight at home.
Phillies 10, Rockies 2: The story was written in a seven-run third inning with the Phillies making an unusually erratic Ubaldo Jimenez throw strikes. Jimenez walked six batters and uncorked a wild pitch before he was chased after just two-plus innings, marking the shortest outing of his career. It also marked the second-straight game of crisp production by the previously listless Phillies offense. Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run triple to ice the seven-run rally. Raul Ibanez, who is hitting .328/.397/.474 in his last 16 games, blasted his eighth homer of the season off the facing of the second deck. Pitching-wise, Kyle Kendrick allowed a run on six hits over seven innings, the only run coming on an Ian Stewart solo shot. And with the game out of reach, recent call-up Vance Worley made his debut in the ninth and retired the Rockies in order. The 22-year-old right-hander was shipped back to the minors after the game to make room for Happ. The Braves and Giants, the division and Wild Card pace setters, also won, but the Phillies gained on the Mets and Marlins.
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