The game ended with a surreal scene, the Phillies on the field to
celebrate their triumph while the umpires reviewed a play at first
base and the Rockies hopeful the game would continue. The initial
ruling was upheld that first baseman John Mayberry Jr. had his foot
on the base when he made a backhanded pickup of third baseman Freddy
Galvis' low throw with runners on first and second. Galvis charged a
chopper hit by outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
"Coors Field special," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Replays
right down to the end."
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, who had five RBIs, hit a
two-run homer tie the game at 8 in the seventh.
First baseman Ryan Howard went 4-for-5 with three RBIs for the
Phillies and finished a double shy of the team's first cycle since
David Bell in 2004 and their first cycle on the road since Johnny
Callison in 1963.
Howard, who hit a two-run homer in the third, singled home a run in
the seventh and took second when right fielder Brandon Barnes
charged Howard's ball and had it skip by him for what was ruled an
error. The Phillies scored three runs to go ahead 8-6 in that inning
with Howard's hit netting the second run.
The Phillies will ask Major League Baseball to review the play, and
Howard had the ball from that at-bat in his locker, already
authenticated by an MLB official.
"My goal was just to get the run home," said Howard, who came up
with one out and a runner on third. "That's what I was worried about
more than anything else. If it turns into a cycle, that'd be great."
Said Barnes: "I was going hard at it, thinking maybe it was a play I
could make a dive on. At the last second, I realized I probably
wouldn't make it. So I tried to block it up, and it got through my
The Phillies pounced on Matt Belisle (0-2) for two runs in the
eighth to go ahead 10-8. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who went 3-for-4
with a home run and two RBIs, singled home the first run. The second
run scored when second baseman Chase Utley grounded into a fielder's
Blackmon led off the eighth with a home run against reliever Antonio
Bastardo that cut the Phillies' lead to 10-9. Center fielder Drew
Stubbs doubled with one out and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was
intentionally walked so the left-handed Bastardo could pitch to
Morneau, who ran the count from 1-2 to full before flailing at a
slider that was low and away.
A replay review ended the Phillies' ninth and resulted in an
overturned call that cost them a run.
First base umpire Tim Timmons called Galvis safe after second
baseman Josh Rutledge bobbled his grounder. Right fielder Marlon
Byrd scored on the play, but Galvis was ruled out after a one-minute
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Mayberry's play ended a 4-hour, 8-minute marathon and enabled closer
Jonathan Papelbon to earn his fifth save. He gave up a leadoff
single to third baseman Nolan Arenado to start the ninth. After
second baseman Josh Rutledge sacrificed him to second, catcher
Jordan Pacheco was hit with a pitch. But pinch hitter Wilin Rosario
The Phillies had scored three runs, two of them unearned, in their
previous four games on seven singles.
They had not produced an extra-base hit during that span, making
them the first team to go four consecutive games without an
extra-base hit since the 1993 Florida Marlins. That drought lasted
130 plate appearances and ended when Rollins homered in the first.
That was the first of 15 Phillies hits, including seven for extra
The teams combined for 30 hits and each used six pitchers. This was
Philadelphia's lone regular-season trip to Coors Field this year and
the first for Sandberg as their manager.
Asked if he could picture managing 81 home games at Coors Field,
Sandberg said, "I couldn't imagine. You have to strap it on every
day and buckle up and go through some pitchers every day."
NOTES: Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez left Sunday's game in the sixth
inning with left knee tendinitis. He said he has been dealing with
it and expected to play Monday. ... Aided by a replay review, the
Phillies pulled off a 6-2-5-4 double play in the sixth inning. SS
Jimmy Rollins made a diving stop on a grounder hit by PH Corey
Dickerson, threw home and C Jordan Pacheco, who broke from third,
was caught in a rundown as Dickerson reached second. 2B Chase Utley,
who tagged Dickerson, said he had his foot off the base, a call that
was upheld after a 1-minute, 24-second review. ... Phillies LHP Cole
Hamels (left biceps tendinitis), who will make his 2014 debut
Wednesday at Los Angeles, is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA in his season
debuts since 2009 and has not lasted longer than 5 1/3 innings in
any of those five starts. But Hamels is 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA in 11
starts against the Dodgers and 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts at
Dodger Stadium. ... Rockies RF Michael Cuddyer did not play for the
third straight game. He left Thursday's game at San Diego with
cramping in his left hamstring. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado was
picked off and caught stealing in a prolonged rundown that went
1-3-6-1-4-2-5 to end the third inning.
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