Mistake-prone Rockies swept by Phils in twin bill

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Rockies bobbled and botched the baseball in a double dose of fielding futility.

Wilin Rosario had four passed balls and Carlos Gonzalez failed to make the game-saving catch in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. They followed in the nightcap with five errors — the most for the team in more than 10 years.

Ryan Howard drove in two runs and seven pitchers combined to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Sunday night and complete the sweep.

John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single in the ninth inning of the first game to lift the Phillies to a 3-2 win.

The Phillies trailed 4-1 in the second game before scoring two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings for their fourth straight win.

Josh Roenicke (4-2) took the loss for the Rockies, who allowed only three earned runs in the second game.

Chris Nelson hit a three-run homer for the Rockies, who have lost five straight games.

"You can't make five errors in a game or you're going to lose," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Ty Wigginton hit the tying homer for the Phillies in the sixth and helped move them within six games of a wild-card spot. The Phillies (69-71) would like to hit .500 first.

"I know they're not going to pack it in," manager Charlie Manuel said.

Jonathan Papelbon won the opener and tossed a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save in the second game. He also earned the win Friday night to help the Phillies complete a three-game sweep.

The Rockies scored four runs in the third on Ramon Hernandez's RBI single and Nelson's three-run shot to the left field seats.

Nelson knew it was gone the moment he connected off Cloyd and followed the arc all the way into the stands.

The Rockies simply couldn't handle the baseball. Shortstop Jonathan Herrera and third baseman Chris Nelson each made two errors and first baseman Jordan Pacheco committed the fifth error when he mishandled a grounder in the seventh.

The Rockies made five errors in a game for the first time since June 12, 2002 vs. Boston.

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