- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

DENVER (AP) - Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs connected for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 on Sunday.

Chase Utley tied it at 5 with a two-run homer in the eighth and Ryan Howard had three hits for the Phillies, who won the last two of the three-game series. Utley went 2-for-3 and scored three times.

Ryan Madson (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth and Brad Lidge, the last of six Philadelphia pitchers, finished for his second save.

Dexter Fowler led off the second inning with his second homer to give Colorado a 5-1 lead. But Jayson Werth singled in Utley in the fourth and the sixth, and the All-Star second baseman tied it with his first homer of the season in the eighth.

Pedro Feliz hit a leadoff double in the ninth against Huston Street (0-1). Feliz was sacrificed to third before Stairs, batting for Madson, went deep for his first of the season and 15th career pinch-hit drive.

Colorado put two men on in the ninth, but Lidge got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out to second to end the game.

The Rockies were limited to four hits by three Philadelphia pitchers in an 8-4 loss on Saturday. They reached that total in their first five at-bats Sunday. Brad Hawpe hit an RBI double and scored on Garrett Atkins’ single. Clint Barmes added a two-run single to make it 4-0 in the first inning.

Chan Ho Park, who entered with a 5-2 career record at Coors Field, gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings for the Phillies.

Philadelphia got one back in the second. Howard led off with a double and scored when Raul Ibanez’s line drive up the middle hit pitcher Aaron Cook and rolled into shallow left field.

Cook, who gave up seven runs in 2 1-3 innings in the season opener at Arizona, was sharper against the Phillies. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Notes:@ Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said LHP Cole Hamels will make his regular start Wednesday at Washington. … Philadelphia will participate in its third opening day of 2009 when it begins a three-game series at Washington on Monday.

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