Phillies continue roll vs. Rockies

Phillies continue roll vs. Rockies

PHILADELPHIA -- Only Hall of Famers Ed Delahanty, Nap Lajoie and Elmer Flick would view the recent spate of Phillies firepower as good, but not good enough.

After all, those guys did the current team two better, when in three glorious games in 1900 against the New York Giants -- played at the Baker Bowl and the Polo Grounds -- the Phillies scored 44 total runs.

Philadelphia will still gladly accept a 42-run blitzkrieg that produced a three-game winning streak, the most recent a 7-4 win over Colorado on Tuesday. The team can even accept a 1-hour, 27-minute rain delay, which halted the game on an 0-1 count to Carlos Ruiz in the eighth.

The Phillies fell two runs short of their modern franchise record -- 1900 or later -- set April 28, 30 and May 1, 1900, with wins of 19-1, 14-13 and 11-8 over the Giants. Philadelphia also scored 60 runs in three 1894 games.

No one in the clubhouse seemed to mind.

"More importantly, we got the win," Jimmy Rollins said. "If we had scored two runs with a win, that would have been just as satisfying."

Since divisional play began, the most runs scored in three games is 47. It's been done four times, most recently by the Yankees July 21-23, 2007. The Red Sox set the all-time record in 1950 with 56.

Though held to single digits, the blaze that is the Phillies offense continued to rage, pounding out 11 hits. The touchdown with extra point put them 2-0 in the first of two 10-game homestands.

All seven runs came in the first two innings off Ubaldo Jimenez, prompting manager Charlie Manuel to think, "this might go on another seven innings, six innings. It didn't happen that way."

"I just wanted 10 [runs]," Rollins added. "When you get to 10, I think teams start folding up. You keep it under that and they score two or three runs, the game starts looking close. But at 10, you don't go out there to score 10 or 11 runs just to make the game close."

It never really got close. Jimenez looked nothing like the pitcher who entered the game with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Phillies, including Game 3 of last year's National League Division Series. He had allowed three runs in 12 1/3 innings, before surrendering seven runs on 10 hits in four innings.

That allowed Kyle Kendrick (4-2) to coast to his fourth win of the season. The anti-Jimenez entering the night, Kendrick reversed his struggles against Colorado. In four games, he had gone 0-2 with 17 earned runs allowed in 17 2/3 innings (8.66 ERA), including the playoffs.

The Phillies have gone 7-1 in his past eight starts, something in which Kendrick takes great pride. The loss came on May 18, when Kendrick pitched one inning in a rain-delayed game against the Blue Jays.

"That's big," Kendrick said. "When you take the mound, it's your job to give your team a chance to win."

Kendrick had few issues on Tuesday, staying aggressive and forcing the Rockies to put the ball in play. The right-hander didn't allow his first run until the fifth, when Omar Quintanilla doubled to lead off and scored on Willy Taveras' groundout.

"He got up there and he pounded the zone, and got ahead of hitters," Rollins said of Kendrick. "He's keeping us in the game. That's all you ever ask of any starting pitcher. He's starting to rediscover his confidence."

Kendrick left after a career-high 7 1/3 innings. Tom Gordon relieved with a runner on, and surrendered a two-run home run to Ryan Spilborghs. Gordon allowed two other hits, but no other runs, thanks to a sterling up-the-middle grab by Rollins, who flipped to Chase Utley for an inning-ending forceout.

"It was funny," Rollins said. "Right before that play happened, I said, 'Let's get out of this, Flash. I don't care if I have to make a diving play and flip to second, or anything.' Two pitches later, the ball was hit up the middle. I came in the dugout and I was laughing, but my chest was beating pretty hard."

The Phillies moved a season-high six games above .500 and turned in their seventh straight month with at least 15 wins. The last time Philadelphia secured seven consecutive 15-wins months came from July 1963 to August 1964.

The winning streak will reach four with a win over rookie righty Greg Reynolds in Wednesday's series finale.

"It's a good time for us to have a good homestand," Rollins said.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.