PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chad Bettis will have to wait a little longer for his first major league victory.
Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 comeback victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night, spoiling the rookie's bid for his first win.
The Phillies scored two runs in the eighth and two more ninth for their second come-from-behind win in as many days.
"Bettis pitched well. I thought it might be his first big league win," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
The rookie allowed one run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his fifth career start. He was in line for the win before Philadelphia's late rally.
"The first one is never easy and you can never count the other team out," Bettis said. "I felt real good tonight. Everything was working pretty well. I had better location than my last start. I had the same stuff but my command and location were better."
Colorado carried a 4-3 lead into the ninth, but Rafael Betancourt (2-5) blew a save opportunity for the second straight game and the third time in 19 chances. He left with a right elbow sprain after surrendering the tying run.
Betancourt departed after Young's at-bat, heading to the dugout after a visit by Weiss and a trainer. The right-hander had lunged for Young's grounder that went just out of his reach.
Jeff Francis came in and walked Chase Utley before Brown's grounder to right scored Young. Brown was mobbed by the Phillies, who took three of four games from the Rockies for just their second series win since the All-Star break.
"That was a tough loss," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The Phillies kept fighting."
The Phillies have won four of five to improve to 4-3 under Ryne Sandberg, who became the interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired last Friday.
"We're just out there having lots of fun, feeding off the energy we have in the clubhouse," Brown said. "We're trying to make a statement going into next year."
Jimmy Rollins started the winning rally with a two-out double. He then stole third and scored on Michael Young's slow roller to third that went for a hit. Young had the game-winning hit off Betancourt in Philadelphia's 4-3 win Wednesday night.
"We're deep back in the standings, but five weeks is a ton of time to play good baseball," Young said. "Everybody looks forward to the opportunity to show what they are made of."