LOSING 3 OF 4, PHILS COULDN’T WAIT TO LEAVE DENVER!

By Sam Bush

Ya think the Phils are happy to be leaving Colorado?

Jon Gray threw six scoreless innings, Tony Wolters had a two-run double and the Colorado Rockies beat the Phillies 4-1 for their sixth win in seven games.

“I’m just taking more pride when those situations arise,” said Gray, who struggled at times last season to contain the big inning. “I just feel like we’re making really good pitches when it comes to crunch time.”

Trevor Story and Ian Desmond also had RBI singles for the Rockies, who won three of four against the Phillies for their second series win of the season and first at home.

Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk in the Phillies eighth and has reached base safely in all 21 games to start the season.

The Phillies got a two-out RBI single from pinch hitter J.T. Realmuto in the ninth and had two runners when Wade Davis retired Cesar Hernandez on an infield groundout.

Gray (2-3) allowed one hit in six innings, a double by Maikel Franco in the fourth. He struck out five and walked four in winning his second in a row after losing his first three decisions.

Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg and Davis finished up with an inning apiece.

Jerad Eickhoff (0-1), making his first start of the season after beginning the year on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain, allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked four, including two in the Rockies’ three-run sixth.

“There was a lot of positives,” Eickhoff said. “I can think of one or two negative things that affected the game in a pretty big way. But those are things I can control, I can adjust. It’s a really positive thing to build on, for sure.”

Three consecutive two-out singles in the third gave the Rockies the lead. David Dahl started the string, advanced on Nolan Arenado’s single and came home on the hit by Story, who extending his hitting streak to 10 games. It’s his fourth career hitting streak of 10 or more games.

Colorado added three runs in the sixth. Eickhoff issued consecutive walks to start the inning and Desmond followed with an RBI single. Wolters drove in two more with a double that rolled to the wall in right-center field. Wolters was thrown out trying to reach third.

The start of the game was delayed 33 minutes because of rain.

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