High-five: Big in­ning, strong mound work strike out streak

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Newman

PHILADEL­PHIA» Amid a sea­son­high five-game los­ing streak, ev­ery­thing came to­gether for Colorado on Wed­nes­day night in a slump-bust­ing, 7-2 win over the Phillies.

Left-han­der Tyler An­der­son turned in a sec­ond straight im­pres­sive start, al­low­ing one run on six hits through seven in­nings, while the Rock­ies’ bats broke out for five runs be­fore Colorado had an out in the fourth in­ning to cat­alyze the much-needed vic­tory.

“(An­der­son) pitched great tonight — elec­tric fast­ball, he was lo­cat­ing all his pitches, he was work­ing quick,” first base­man Ian Des­mond said. “You could tell he was pitch­ing with a pur­pose and he was on a mis­sion, and as an of­fense we fed off that and we fed off each other.”

The Rock­ies stepped to the plate with a sense of ur­gency in the first in­ning, as DJ LeMahieu and Char­lie Black­mon sin­gled be­fore Nolan Are­nado brought LeMahieu home on a sac­ri­fice fly to make it 1-0.

Then, as An­der­son cruised, the Rock­ies’ of­fense — which had been shut down by Philadel­phia starter Aaron Nola the night be­fore — woke up. Are­nado en­abled the be­gin­ning of the long frame with a lead­off walk, af­ter which the hit pa­rade of Car­los Gon­za­lez’s bunt sin­gle, Trevor Story’s dou­ble and Ger­ardo Parra’s sin­gle ex­tended the lead to 4-0.

Colorado then re­ally stepped on the gas via Des­mond’s two-run

blast, mak­ing it 6-0 and suck­ing out the lit­tle home-field ad­van­tage that the sparse crowd at Cit­i­zens Bank Park brought the Phillies.

“We bunched it to­gether there the in­ning we got the five runs, in­clud­ing Desi with the big home run when he was try­ing to move the run­ner, but got it in the air and hit a homer,” Rock­ies man­ager Bud Black said.

An­der­son’s lone mis­take came via third base­man Jorge Al­faro’s homer to right in the fifth, cut­ting the lead to 6-1. But the south­paw didn’t get rat­tled, in­stead re­fo­cus­ing for two quick outs to end the frame and con­tinue his mo­men­tum in or­der to limit the bullpen’s work­load.

A red-hot Story — bat­ting .424 (14-for-33) in his last eight games, in­clud­ing five straight multi-hit games — tacked on in­sur­ance in the sev­enth, dou­bling home Gon­za­lez for his third hit of the game that made it 7-1.

From there, the em­bat­tled Colorado bullpen used the huge cush­ion as a chance for a con­fi­dence boost.

Left-han­der Jake McGee worked around traf­fic to turn in a score­less eighth, and then fel­low south­paw Har­ri­son Mus­grave — just re­in­stated be­fore the game from the be­reave­ment list — gave up a garbage-time homer to Jes­muel Valentin with two outs in the ninth, the out­fielder’s first ma­jor­league dinger.

Colorado (33-34) looks for its sev­enth road se­ries vic­tory of the sea­son in Thus­day’s rub­ber­match mati­nee against the Phillies (34-31) be­fore head­ing to Texas for a three-game set against the Rangers.

“When you pitch well and you swing the bats, there’s a con­fi­dence that builds,” Black said. “Hope­fully this can con­tinue to­mor­row with (Ger­man) Marquez.”

Hunter Martin, Getty Images

Rock­ies start­ing pitcher Tyler An­der­son de­liv­ers dur­ing the first in­ning Wed­nes­day night, when he went seven strong in­nings to beat the Phillies in Philadel­phia.

Matt Slocum, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Rock­ies right fielder Car­los Gon­za­lez dives to catch a fly­ball by the Phillies’ Jorge Al­faro dur­ing the third in­ning Wed­nes­day night.

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