DENVER – The Phillies’ slumbering bats finally awakened in a wild 10-9 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday.
The Phillies blew leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 8-6, but rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning and held on to avoid a three-game sweep.
The game took four hours and eight minutes to play.
The Phils are 8-10. Colorado is 10-10.
Starting pitching report
Roberto Hernandez gave up nine hits and six runs over four innings. The Phillies scored twice in the top of the third to give him a 3-1 lead, but he was tagged for three runs in the bottom of the inning as he quickly forfeited the lead.
Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio allowed seven hits and five runs over five innings. Two of the hits were home runs, one by Jimmy Rollins and the other by Ryan Howard.
Excellent defense by Rollins and Freddy Galvis saved B.J. Rosenberg from giving up at least a run in the sixth inning. Rosenberg allowed a leadoff triple and a pair of two-out walks in a one-run game. The right-hander began the season with five strong appearances, but his last three have been poor. He has allowed six hits, including a three homers and a triple, over that span.
Jake Diekman allowed a double and a two-run homer as the Phillies blew an 8-6 lead in the seventh.
The Phils retook the lead, 10-8, in the top of the eighth. Antonio Bastardo was called upon in the bottom of the inning. He allowed a solo homer to Charlie Blackmon as the Rockies made it a one-run game. Bastardo got out of the inning with the lead when he struck out Justin Morneau with two men on base. Morneau had five RBIs in the game.
Jonathan Papelbon survived a nervous ninth inning for his fifth save. He retired Blackmon on a slow roller to third to end the game with two men on base. John Mayberry Jr., who had entered for defense, made a nice scoop at first to end it.
At the plate
The Phillies broke their embarrassing four-game extra-base hit drought when Rollins homered two batters into the game. It was the Phils’ first extra-base hit since the eighth inning of Monday’s game, a span of 131 at-bats.
After going 17 games without a sacrifice fly, the Phils had three of them.
After collecting just seven hits in the first two games of the series, both losses, the Phils had 15.
Howard had four hits -- two singles, a triple and a home run.
Rollins had three hits. Utley drove in two runs.
Troy Tulowitzki had two doubles and a single for Colorado. He went 7 for 9 in the series.
In the field
Rollins made a diving play on a ball up the middle and threw to home to cut down a run in the bottom of the sixth and keep the Phils within a run at 6-5. The play became a double play when third baseman Galvis threw to Utley at second base to get Corey Dickerson after his foot came off the bag. The Phillies won that call on a challenge.
The Phillies move on to Los Angeles for a four-game series beginning Monday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday night -- LH Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00) vs. LH Paul Maholm (0-1, 4.97)
Tuesday night -- RH A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.74) vs. LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1, 1.93)
Wednesday night -- LH Cole Hamels (no record) vs. RH Zack Greinke (3-0, 2.42)
Thursday night -- RH Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 3.50) vs. RH Dan Haren (3-0, 2.16)