DENVER -- The Phillies finished a dreadful 10-game road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday afternoon.
The Phils lost series in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Denver in going 3-7 on the trip.
The Phils are 33-37 on the season.
They have been held to two or fewer runs in 24 of 70 games. They came within one out of being shut out for the seventh time this season.
Cole Hamels allowed just three runs over seven innings -- a strong effort in Coors Field -- but once again received no run support as he lost for the 10th time in 15 starts. The Phils are 2-13 in Hamels’ starts. They have scored just 31 runs behind him this season.
Starting pitching report
Hamels allowed six hits, including a solo homer to Wilin Rosario in the second inning. The Rockies opened the bottom of the seventh with an infield hit and a bloop double against Hamels and turned both into runs. Hamels was very upset with home plate umpire Marvin Hudson’s strike zone in that inning.
Colorado’s Jhoulys Chacin entered the game with a 6.13 ERA in his previous eight starts. So, of course, he pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings before allowing a pair of RBI hits in the ninth to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard.
Chacin threw just 86 pitches (69 strikes) in 8 2/3 innings and did not walk a batter. He struck out three.
Rex Brothers got the final out of the game, a strikeout of Domonic Brown, to earn his third save.
At the plate
In the first eight innings against Chacin, the Phillies had just three hits, all singles, and one was an infield hit. They didn’t get a man into scoring position until there were two outs in the ninth. Rollins drove in the first run on a fly ball to right. Colorado rightfielder Michael Cuddyer probably should have made the catch to preserve a shutout for Chacin.
Carlos Gonzalez belted his league-leading 20th homer off Justin De Fratus in the eighth. He had eight hits, including two homers and two doubles in the three-game series, and drove in four runs.
Chase Utley is almost recovered from a strained right oblique. He will take batting practice in Philadelphia on Monday. If all goes well, he could join Carlos Ruiz and play at Double A Reading on Tuesday night.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Carlos Zambrano is not ready to pitch in the majors yet (see story).
The Phillies return home to open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday night -- LH John Lannan (0-1, 6.14) vs. RH Dan Haren (4-8, 5.70)
Tuesday night -- LH Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55) vs. LH Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02)
Wednesday night -- RH Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.76) vs. LH Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.40)