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April 22 - Phillies vs. Rockies

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April 22 - Phillies vs. Rockies

Yawn.

Just another big hit for Pat Burrell, who's hitting .563 (9 for 16) with two homers and 14 RBIs with runners in scoring position. He crushed a double to left-center field with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning to clear the bases in an 8-6 victory over the Rockies. The Rockies intentionally walked Ryan Howard to get to Burrell, setting up the double play and a righty-on-righty situation. The move didn't work out.

"He averaged 50 homers the last two years," Burrell said of Howard. "Is he swinging the bat the way he wants to right now? No, but that can change with one pitch so I'm sure that's what they were thinking."

It looked like Howard was about to pass Chase Utley on the bases after Willy Taveras laid out and missed Burrell's ball.

"Nah, I just had a good read," Howard said. "The ball just kind of hung up there and I saw where Taveras was. And I saw Chase kind of take off quick and then start to come back. At first I didn't think Taveras was going to get there and right before I got to the bag I was going to see if he caught it or not. But once he dove and it got past him I just made the read and took off. Chase had put the brakes on and I was right there. I was yelling, 'Go, go, go, go, go!' I think there was about five 'go's' in there."

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The good times from the streaker has ended as Garrett Atkins hit a two-run homer to left to make it 6-4.

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We're going streaking! A female streaker clad in jeans and bra just ran onto the field in the bottom of the seventh. Normally in these situations players back the heck away, but leftfielder Pat Burrell couldn't help but take a few steps closer as she ran into the arms of security guards. Jayson Werth also didn't budge as she was escorted off the field almost directly past him. Werth held his glove over his face to hide his laughter, we presume.

Oh, yeah, Werth hit a homer in the top of the seventh to make it 4-4.

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Matt Holliday crushed a solo homer to center in the fifth to make it 4-3. Myer has allowed 10 hits through the first five innings.

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The Phillies took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Jeff Francis, who shut down the Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS last year, struggled with his command. He walked Pat Burrell, allowed a single to Pedro Feliz, walked Brett Myers and walked So Taguchi to force in a run. But Myers allowed three hits in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-3.

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Brett Myers is 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Todd Helton and Matt Holliday in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1.

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OK, we get it. Chase Utley is on fire. He doubled to left-center field in the third inning to score Eric Bruntlett and Jayson Werth to hand the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Utley popped out to shortstop Clint Barmes in his first at-bat. Still waiting for that first homer, Chase.

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