Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/13/12

DENVER -- Josh Rutledge's storybook major-league debut Friday helped Christian Friedrich break a four-game losing streak, as the Rockies added to the dire nature of the Philadelphia Phillies' season with a 6-2 win.

Rutledge, a 23-year-old shortstop who was brought up Friday from Double-A Tulsa, hit a run-scoring double and single in his first two big-league at-bats and lofted a sacrifice fly in his third plate appearance. He walked on his fourth trip to the plate and stole second, finishing 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Friedrich held the Phillies to one run in six innings, winning for the first time in seven starts since June 4.

Cliff Lee, who has won once in 15 starts, gave up three runs -- two earned -- in six innings, and the Rockies jumped on reliever Michael Schwimer for three runs in the seventh, which began with a double, single and triple by Carlos Gonzalez, Ramon Hernandez and Michael Cuddyer, respectively.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Phillies and their 10th in their past 11 games, and dropped them 15 games behind the Nationals in the National League East. Before his team fell to 37-51, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel succinctly said what his team had to do to have any hope of getting back in contention.

"We got to start outplaying people," Manuel said.

Instead, the Phillies, who reached the All-Star break in last place for the first time since 2002, continued to muddle along, even at Coors Field. The Phillies had won 10 of their past 12 games and four straight in Denver, but lost there for the first time since May 12, 2010.

The Rockies broke through for two runs in the sixth against Lee to take a 3-1 lead. Tyler Colvin doubled with one out and moved to third on Jordan Pacheco's single. Rutledge lofted a sacrifice fly to short right field. Colvin tagged, banged into catcher Carlos Ruiz and scored before Hunter Pence's throw bounced past the Phillies' catcher.

Pacheco took second on the throw and scored when Eric Young Jr., pinch hitting for Friedrich, lined a first-pitch single to left. It was just the second pinch-hit RBI for Young, who is 10-for-39 in those situations. Dexter Fowler walked, but Lee struck out Marco Scutaro on a high fastball.

In the four-man rotation that was implemented June 19, Rockies starters work with a limit of about 75-80 pitches. Friedrich got through six innings on 82 pitches -- 53 strikes -- as he allowed one run with one walk and seven strikeouts. It was the first time in four starts Friedrich worked six innings. He pitched well for the second straight time at Coors Field, where he took the mound with a 9.62 ERA in five starts, the last on June 30 when he held the Padres to one run in five innings.

Through five innings, the teams were tied at 1 behind starters Lee and Friedrich. The Rockies scored an unearned run in the second on Rutledge's two-out double in his first big-league at-bat. The inning began when second baseman Chase Utley booted Hernandez's grounder, and Cuddyer followed with a double. Hernandez was thrown out at the plate on one-out grounder by Pacheco ahead of Rutledge's hit.

The Phillies tied the game in the third on Jimmy Rollins' double after John Mayberry Jr. led off with a single and was sacrificed to second.

NOTES. The Rockies made a slew of roster moves Friday. They placed first baseman Todd Helton (right hip inflammation) and catcher Wil Nieves (turf toe, right big toe) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 9. Tyler Chatwood, who had a 7.62 ERA in seven games and a 12.60 ERA in three games after being recalled June 29, was optioned to Double-A Tulsa, and his spot in the bullpen was taken by right-hander Mike Ekstrom, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Colorado Springs where he went 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 37 games. Also, catcher Ramon Hernandez (left hand soreness) was activated and started, playing his first game for the Rockies since May 23. ... And left-hander Jorge De La Rosa was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery June 3, 2011, and hasn't pitched for the Rockies this season. ... Before his recall, Rutledge was hitting .306 with 13 homers and 35 RBI. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Roy Halladay is expected to start Tuesday at Los Angeles. He allowed one unearned run in three innings and threw 43 of 61 pitches for strikes Thursday for high Class A Clearwater. It was his first appearance in a game since May 27 when he was pulled from a start for the Phillies with a strained muscle in his back. ... The Phillies placed left-hander Raul Valdes (right hip strain) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 9 and recalled left-hander Joe Savery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. This is Savery's fourth stint with the Phillies this season.

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