It took awhile, and after a scare courtesy of closer Brad Lidge, it was worth the wait.
Making his first start since April, lefty J.A. Happ was rusty, allowing three runs on four hits and four walks in five complete innings. He threw 92 pitches, and worked in and out of trouble throughout the day, including a second inning where he worked out of a bases loaded jam allowing just a single run.
The Phillies got on the board and took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a long two-run home run by Ben Francisco who has started nine of the Phillies last ten games against lefty starters. Sounds like a platoon to me...
The Rockies took the lead back in the fourth on a two-run homer by Certified Phillie Killer Ryan Spilbourghs.
After the rain, the Phillies again took the lead, with Jimmy Rollins driving Wilson Valdez in from second. Rollins, who later stole third base, scored the Phillies fourth and final run on a wild pitch.
Phillies relievers pitched four shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven.
The Phillies go for the four game sweep tomorrow.