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Dog Days: Rockies 8, Phillies 3

Okay, so just as the Phillies weren't really as good as they looked during the 19-3 stretch that concluded last Tuesday night, they're not as bad as they've appeared in losing five of six games since then. Still, that's scant consolation after another shaky Jamie Moyer start and another quiet evening for the vaunted Philadelphia bats resulted in another loss to a potential playoff opponent. 

The visiting Rockies took a quick 2-0 lead when Moyer surrendered his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run shot, to Garrett Atkins in the second inning. They added two more in the fourth on a Ryan Spilborghs single and a bases-loaded walk of Chris Iannetta, one of four free passes Moyer issued on the night. The last two, to Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe to lead off the sixth inning, were particularly damaging, coming right after Jimmy Rollins had cut the deficit to 4-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Rodrigo Lopez came on in relief, but surrendered run-scoring hits in the inning to Atkins, Iannetta, and Dexter Fowler as Colorado stretched its advantage to 8-2. That proved to be more than enough, as the Phils managed just one more run, on a Pedro Feliz sac fly in the bottom of the inning and did not seriously threaten again.

Spare a pleasant thought for the Washington Nationals, who scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth, capped by an Adam Dunn home run, to defeat Florida by a 6-4 score. The loss kept the Marlins five games back in the NL East.