Ryan Madson came up huge in a tenuous spot in the ninth to earn his seventh save in as many chances and halt the Phillies’ season-high losing streak at four games.
Madson, pitching for the first time since Friday, surrendered a leadoff double to Seth Smith with the Phillies clutching to a 2-1 lead. However, in a spot where he might have imploded in previous years, Madson recovered to strike out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. Following a pitch-around walk to Todd Helton, Madson punched out Jason Giambi to end it. Make no mistake about it: Madson, essentially Plan C as the Phillies' closer, has been terrific.
Cole Hamels delivered eight strong innings for the Phillies, giving up a run and five hits. The lefty struck out eight against only one walk in lowering his ERA to 2.92 and tying Roy Halladay with a team-leading five wins.
The Phillies manufactured the go-ahead run in the eighth. Wilson Valdez singled to lead off the inning against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. Valdez advanced to second on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice and moved to third on a wild pitch before Jimmy Rollins’ sacrifice fly brought him home. Valdez also drove in the Phillies’ first run with a single in the fifth.
Next up: Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.50) faces Jhoulys Chacin (4-2, 2.89) in the finale of the two-game set.