By Sam Bush
Cameron Rupp went a career-best 4-for-5 and tied a career-high four RBIs in the Phillies’ 10-3 win yesterday over the Rockies at Coors Field.
Rupp drove in runs on singles in the third and fifth before hitting a 465-foot home run off Jake McGee in the seventh. Maikel Franco out-did him in the following frame with a 471-foot shot — the fourth longest in baseball this season — off Jason Motte.
“Our hitting has come around,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. “The first two months we were at the bottom of the pack, literally. Everybody has been contributing.”
The Phillies tagged Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood for four runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. It was his second straight start after coming off the 15-day disabled list (mid-back strain) to only last five innings.
“I don’t think I’ve pitched very well since I hurt my back,” Chatwood said. “I haven’t found my rhythm again. That’s not an excuse, I just haven’t pitched good.”
Phillies rookie Zach Eflin did a good job solving a Rockies lineup that scored 22 runs in the previous three games this series. He limited them to two runs on seven hits over six innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Home Run Derby participant Carlos Gonzalez homered into the third deck in right field in the eighth off Hector Neris.