Howard’s blast carries Phillies past Rockies
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Ryan Howard hit a solo homer in the seventh
inning and Brett Myers made it stand up with a brilliant pitching performance,
as Philadelphia bested Colorado, 1-0, at Coors Field.
Myers (1-0) picked up the win after shutting down the Rockies over 7 2/3
innings as he scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked one in his
third start of the season. Tom Gordon notched his fourth save of the season
with a perfect ninth inning.
Howard provided the only scoring of the game for the Phillies, who have now
won four of their last five.
Aaron Cook (1-2) had his outstanding effort spoiled by a lack of offensive
support, working eight innings and allowing just one run on six hits while
striking out three and walking one.
Garrett Atkins went 3-for-4 for the Rockies, who outhit Philadelphia 7-6 but
could not push across a run.
Philadelphia squandered a golden opportunity to get on the board in the sixth,
as it had runners on first and third with no outs.
Cook faked a pick-off attempt to third and threw to first, catching Aaron
Rowand in a run-down for the first out of the inning. Following a walk to
Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Phillies finally got on the board in the seventh as Howard took an 0-1
pitch from Cook over the wall in right-center for a solo homer and a 1-0
With one out in the eighth, Cory Sullivan bunted his way on as he pushed the
ball past a diving Myers. The next batter, Clint Barmes, flied out to left and
Myers exited the game in favor of Arthur Rhodes, who was brought in to face
Helton drew a walk, but the next batter, Atkins, lined a shot to right field
that Abreu charged and caught on the run, ending the inning.
The Rockies went down in order in the ninth to end the game.
This is just the second 1-0 game in the 14-year history of Coors Field…Myers
improves his record to 4-0 lifetime in Colorado…The Phillies still have not
hit a triple this season…Matt Holliday had an eight-game hit snapped.