Tyler Anderson throws a gem, Rockies ride five-fun fourth to slump-busting win in Philadelphia


PHILADELPHIA — Amid a season-high 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 recording an out in the fourth inning to catalyze Colorado to the much-needed victory.

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.

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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 Ian 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.

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 — 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 major-league dinger.

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

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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