Posted June 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Todd Helton missed tagging first base to allow the winning run to score on Placido Polanco's grounder in the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Wednesday night. After Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Jonathan Papelbon (1-2) with two outs in the ninth, the Phillies got a clutch, two-out hit of their own in the bottom half. Rafael Betancourt (1-3) retired the first two batters before Ty Wigginton hit a single to left. Pence ripped a double off the wall in left to score Wigginton, who was running on the pitch. Carlos Ruiz was intentionally walked and Shane Victorino hustled out an infield single on a grounder to shortstop. Polanco hit a grounder to shortstop Marco Scutaro, whose throw to first was a bit high, but Helton caught it and had time to beat a hustling Polanco. He stretched for first and missed. Helton, a multiple Gold Glove Award winner, was charged with his second error of the season. Betancourt has blown three saves in 13 tries. Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer and Chris Nelson hit homers for Colorado, which has lost 12 of 13. Michael Martinez homered for the last-place Phillies, who are 5-12 since beating Miami on June 1. The Rockies got bad news before the game when they learned two-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have surgery on his left groin area on Thursday. It's unknown when he will return. Their night got worse in the ninth. Papelbon retired the first two batters before Rosario hit a double to right. Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi was intentionally walked bringing up Fowler, who ripped a single to right to put the Rockies up 6-5. Papelbon is 17 for 17 in save opportunities with a 0.00 ERA. But he's given up seven earned runs in 10 1-3 innings in non-save chances. Phillies starter Joe Blanton gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings. He allowed three homers, but retired the last 11 batters he faced. Rockies starter Alex White allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. Jeremy Guthrie tossed three hitless innings in his first outing out of the bullpen. Cuddyer's solo shot to left tied it at 4 in the third. Nelson connected in the fourth to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead. Jimmy Rollins hit a looping double to right to score John Mayberry Jr. to tie it at 5 in the bottom half. White left after retiring Blanton on a grounder to the mound on his 75th pitch. Rockies starters are limited to 75 pitches now that manager Jim Tracy has decided to use to a four-man rotation. Matt Reynolds replaced White and allowed Rollins' RBI hit. Both teams' No. 8 hitters traded three-run homers in the second. Blanton allowed singles to Jordan Pacheco and Nelson before Rosario drove one into the Phillies' bullpen in right-center to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Rosario leads all rookies with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. Polanco singled, Mayberry walked and Martinez hit a shot to the seats in right-center to put the Phillies up 4-3. Notes: Colorado LF Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup after missing two games with a strained left knee. He was 2 for 4. ... The Phillies recalled LHP Raul Valdes to replace C Eric Kratz, who was sent to Triple-A on Tuesday night. ... The Phillies have won 22 of the last 26 against Rockies, including 13-2 at Citizens Bank Park. ... Blanton has allowed a homer in eight straight starts and 16 overall in that span. ... The Phillies had their 253rd straight sellout, including postseason. ... Philadelphia's Vance Worley (3-2, 2.80) opposes Jeff Francis (0-1, 12.46) in the series finale on Thursday.

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