PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 21: John Mayberry Jr. #15 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout after striking out in the bottom of the ninth inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on June 21, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Rockies won 4-1. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

Phillies Vs. Rockies Final Score: Philadelphia Can't Clinch Sweep, Fall 4-1 Thursday Night

The Phillies are at home once again when they begin their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48 ERA) is looking for his first win of the season.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies Final Score: Philadelphia Can't Clinch Sweep, Fall 4-1 Thursday Night

The Philadelphia Phillies couldn't clinch the series sweep against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night, losing 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park. Vance Worley (3-4) pitched well, giving up two earned runs off four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out two. Unfortunately, he once again got little in the way of run support.

Jimmy Rollins put the Phillies up early with his fifth home run of season to lead off the first inning. Then Philadelphia's bats went silent. John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-3 with a double to lead off the second inning and a single in the fourth. He was left on base at the end of both innings. No other Phillies batter made it on base more than once on the night, via hit or walk.

Rockies starter Jeff Francis gave up just one earned run (the Rollins homer) on the night. He allowed six hits and no walks, and struck out three in five innings.

The Rockies put up two runs to take the lead in the seventh inning off a Chris Nelson home run, his fifth of the year. Tyler Colvin also scored on the homer after doubling two batters earlier. Worley was relieved after the inning, and the Phillies were able to get out of the eighth with Chad Qualls and Jacob Diekman.

The Phillies weren't so lucky in the ninth. Diekman walked Todd Helton before being relieved by Michael Schwimer with one out in the inning. Two batters later, Schwimer gave up a two-run home run to Wilin Rosario giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead.

Rafael Betancourt earned his 11th save of the season for Colorado. He struck out Jim Thome to end the game.

The Phillies are at home once again when they begin their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48 ERA) is looking for his first win of the season. He will go up against the Rays' James Shields (7-4, 3.72) at the mound.


Final - 6.21.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4
Philadelphia Phillies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The Philadelphia Phillies look to complete a series sweep against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, coming off a one-run victory on Wednesday and a come-from-behind win in the series opener on Tuesday.

Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80 ERA) will handle the pitching duties for the Phillies, while going up against the ballooned ERA of Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46 ERA).

With the four-man rotation the Rockies are working with, as well as the pitch limit placed on its pitchers, the Phillies can expect to face plenty of Colorado's relievers in this series finale.

Take a look here at the game schedule:

Date/Time: Thursday, June 21, 7:05 ET

TV: RT, CSN

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Phillies Vs. Rockies Final: Error Gives Philadelphia 7-6 Win In The Ninth

To describe it as "late-inning heroics" only takes away from the oddness of what happened to end the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning. Odd as it was, it was good enough to give the Phillies a 7-6 win.

Placido Polanco hit a dribbler down the middle to shortstop Marco Scutaro, whose throw to Todd Helton at first was off the mark, too high. Some strange footwork caused Helton to miss the bag and the out, which allowed Hunter Pence to score the winning run.

Joe Blanton gave up five runs over seven innings, allowing three pitches to leave the park. The start upped Blanton's ERA to 5.04. He pitched a complete game in his last outing.

The Phillies chased Alex White before he could finish the fourth inning. White allowed five earned runs on five hits and two walks. He did not strike out a single hitter, and gave up one home run.

Philadelphia gets one more against Colorado on Thursday night. Vance Worley gets the start for the Phillies.

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Raul Valdes Recalled: Philadelphia Phillies Recall Pitcher From Triple-A

The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled relief pitcher Raul Valdes from Triple-A Lehigh Valley (via Philly.com).

Valdes, 34, will replace catcher Erik Kratz on the Phils 25-man roster. Kratz has played five games for the Phillies in 2012 and is hitting .250. Valdes was sent down to the minors about two weeks ago so that the Phillies could bring in a right-handed pitcher to the bullpen. With Valdes back on the roster, Philadelphia will have four left-handers in the pen.

Valdes is 2-0 on the season with a 2.13 ERA. He's struck out 13 batters, given up three earned runs and walked just one batter in 11 appearances for the Phillies. In the minors, Valdes struck out 10 batters in his last six innings and allowed zero runs.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After winning the series opener on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to make it two in a row on Wednesday.

Joe Blanton will be on the hill for the Fightin' Phils to take on a Colorado team that has come apart at the seams. The Rockies were picked by many this season to be a fringe contender, but that just hasn't happened. Jim Tracy's club is an abysmal 25-41.

Blanton will be looking to turn his campaign around after having a rough start. Blanton is just 6-6 with a ballooned ERA of 4.93. However in his last outing he was almost letter perfect against the Minnesota Twins, giving up just one run in a complete game victory.

Blanton will be opposed by Alex White, who has struggled mightily. White is just 2-5 to go with a 5.56 ERA. The last time White stepped on the field, he only went four innings as the Rockies were handled by the Oakland Athletics.

The Phillies are five games under .500 but still very much alive in the competitive NL East. Now might be a very good time to turn things around against a bad team at home.

TV: CSN

Time: 7:05 p.m. ET

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Phillies Vs. Rockies Final: Philadelphia Crushes Colorado, 7-2

After losing their last three games, the Philadelphia Phillies were looking to get back on the winning track on the road in Colorado against the Rockies. The team would do just that in the first of three games against the Rockies as they won by a final score of 7-2 on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Cole Hamels was dominant once again for the Phillies as he picked up his 10th win of the season to bring his record to 10-3. Hamels pitched eight complete innings while giving up six hits, two earned runs, three walks and striking out seven Baltimore Orioles batters.

Game two of this series will take place on Wednesday night with first pitch coming at 7:05 P.M., EST.

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David Herndon Inhury Update: Pitcher Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

According to a report by CSN Philly, The Phillies 26-year-old right-handed reliever, David Herndon, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Alabama after meeting with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Herndon made just five appearances for the Phillies this season with a record of 0-1. He was moved to the disabled list with inflammation in his righr elbow. His ERA stands at 4.70 on the season in just 7.2 innings pitched. In those five outings he gave up 10 hits, four earned runs with one walk and eight strikeouts.

The timetable for recovery from Tommy John surgery is anywhere from 12-to-14 months. This Herndon's fourth season with the Phillies after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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David Herndon Injury Update: Phillies Reliever Likely To Have Tommy John Surgery

The latest bad news injury wise for the Philadelphia Phillies concerns relief pitcher David Herndon. Herndon is reportedly likely to undergo Tommy John surgery (via CSN Philly).

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said about the reliever, "Herndon went to see [Dr. James] Andrews yesterday, consulted with him. And then today, we believe he is going to end up having a Tommy John. It's a very strong possibility. I don't know the minute-to-minute update, whether they felt like they had to do it. It's a pretty big blow to the kid and to us. He would have done [the surgery] today."

Herndon made five appearances this season before moving to the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. He was 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked just one.

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Freddy Galvis Suspended: Phillies 2B Suspended 50 Games By MLB For Testing Positive For PEDs

Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Clostebol.

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Phillies Vs. Rockies: Can Philadelphia Turn Things Around On Tuesday?

Can the Philadelphia Phillies reverse their declining fortunes with a visit from the Colorado Rockies?

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