Monday, August 7, 2017

Rupp's double the difference maker; Philadelphia halts skid

Cameron Rupp double lifts Philadelphia past the Rockies
Cameron Rupp's three hit day, capped off by a two-run double in the ninth lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at Coors Field.

The win was the Phillies' first on the current road trip and snapped a five-game skid. It also marked the first time the Rockies fell in a contest this season after leading through eight innings. The club had been 59-0.

”It’s nice to salvage a win out of this series, but it’s even nicer to win on a getaway day with an off day the next day,” Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. ”You have more time to savor it.”

Rupp had been thrown out at home an inning earlier and Odubel Herrera was cut down at the plate as the first out in the final frame, but Rupp drove the first pitch he saw from Holland in the ninth (2-2) into the gap in left-center field, scoring Maikel Franco and Hyun Soo Kim.

”He hung a slider, left it out over the plate and I hit it into the gap,” said Rupp, who finished with three hits. ”I knew we tied the game and I was hoping Hyun Soo was going to score.”

Edubray Ramos (1-7) pitched the eighth inning, Hector Neris got the last three outs for his 11th save and Franco homered for Philadelphia.

Aaron Nola pieced together another quality start, tossing seven innings while surrendering two runs on six hits. He fanned seven and lowered his ERA on the season to an outstanding 3.12. His last nine starts have resulted in an eye-popping 1.76 ERA.

Evened 1-1 in the seventh, Charlie Blackmon drove in Raimel Tapia with a line drive double to center to give the Rockies a 2-1 advantage.

Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman matched Nola in effectiveness, holding the Phillies to four hits and one run, with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

Phillies closer Hector Neris worked around a Trevor Story's leadoff bunt single in the ninth to notch his 11th save of the season.

Up Next
The Phillies have an off-day on Monday before opening a two-game set at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Tuesday against the Braves. No starter has been announced as the spot was originally Jake Thompson's but he's since been optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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