Phillies power past Rockies
For the first time in a month, the Phillies have won back-to-back games.
And for the first time in his managerial career, Ryne Sandberg is at the helm of a team on a winning streak.
The Phils (55-69) used the long ball to top the Colorado Rockies, 5-4, at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.
John Mayberry Jr. delivered the big blow, a three-run homer in the fourth inning that put the home team up by a score of 4-0. It was Mayberry’s ninth home run of the season.
Carlos Ruiz added a solo home run in the fifth.
Rookie hurler Ethan Martin picked up the win. He allowed just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six Rockies hitters.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 21st save of the season. It was Papelbon’s first save since July 11.
With Monday’s win over the Rockies (58-68), the Phillies have their first back-to-back wins since July 14 and 19 — games that flanked the All-Star Game.
Troy Tulowitzki hit his 21st home run of the year for the Rockies.