Rockies 4, Philadelphia 1
PHILADELPHIA — Chris Nelson hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning and the Rockies won the finale of a three-game set, 4-1, against the Phillies on Thursday.
With the Rockies trailing, 1-0, and one runner on base, Nelson took an 85-mph slider from Phillies starter Vance Worley and put it in the left-center field seats at Citizens Bank Park. It proved to be the game-winning swing as Colorado (26-42) snapped its four-game losing streak.
It was the second consecutive game in which Nelson homered. All five of his home runs have come in June.
Colorado’s pitching staff, which owns a Major League-worst 5.40 ERA, also put forth a valiant effort on Thursday.
Jeff Francis, the third to start since manager Jim Tracy switched to a four-man rotation on Tuesday, earned the win after five solid innings.
Francis was the first of the starters to make it through five innings since Tuesday, when Tracy implemented a pitch count of roughly 75 pitches per outing. The veteran left-hander allowed one run — a first-inning home run to Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins — on six hits with three strikeouts, throwing 76 pitches. READ MORE>>>