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DENVER (AP) - Not even hitter-friendly Coors Field could snap the Philadelphia Phillies out of their offensive funk.
The Phillies have scored three runs in their past four games and haven’t had an extra-base hit in any of them. The last team to go four straight games without an extra-base hit was the Florida Marlins from Sept. 12-16, 1993.
“We’re a better team than this,” Phillies center fielder Ben Revere said. “One of these games we’re going to really to explode and we’re going go from there. We got the talent. We got the hitters. So it’s all going to come together and then we’ll be rolling.”
Jordan Lyles (3-0), who became the first Rockies starter to pitch into the eighth this season, allowed five hits and one unearned run. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, and the Rockies won their season-high third straight game.
The game was delayed briefly a couple of times when a squirrel wandered on and off the field. The animal was eventually corraled by groundskeepers and taken away.
Lyles, acquired in December from Houston in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler, left after giving up a leadoff single in the eighth. Boone Logan made a throwing error on a tapper hit by pinch hitter John Mayberry Jr and gave up a run on a ground out. LaTroy Hawkins pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in five chances.
Kyle Kendrick (0-2) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits in a solid outing but could not avoid a seventh straight loss, dating to last Aug. 11.
The last Phillies pitchers to have a losing streak of seven games or more was reliever Brad Lidge, who lost eight in a row over 57 appearances from April 18-Sept. 23, 2009. The last Philadelphia starter to lose seven straight was Omar Daal from Aug. 13-Sept. 16, 2000.
Colorado got on the scoreboard when home plate umpire Tim Welke ruled Nolan Arenado safe on a close play at the plate in the third after initially calling him out. Rockies manager Walt Weiss asked Welke to take another look at the play, and after viewing the replay, the umpire determined that catcher Carlos Ruiz had blocked the plate before he received the throw home in violation of new collision rules instituted this season to better protect catchers and base runners.
“I guess that’s why we have it,” Kendrick said of the replay, “but it’s frustrating when it doesn’t it go (your way). Stuff like that, you wish you didn’t have it. That was the same call we had at home in the game I was pitching (on Sunday).
Arenado scored from first on D.J. LeMahieu’s single that rolled through the right center gap.
Carlos Gonzalez opened the fourth with a single and Morneau drove a 1-1 cutter from Kendrick into the right field bleachers above the scoreboard for his third homer of the season to make it 3-0.
The Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the fourth, but shortstop Troy Tulowitzki fielded Domonic Brown’s hard grounder and started a double play. And in the eighth after Philadelphia scored a run on Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, Logan struck out Chase Utley to strand a runner at second.
Lyles and Tyler Chatwood, who started Friday for the Rockies, have combined to limit the Phillies to seven singles and two runs in 14 innings. Indeed, Phillies hitters are 7-for-49 (.143) against the two Rockies starters.
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